Saturday, February 10, 2007

Proposed legislation to curb foreign piracy and counterfeiting

While the PDQ bill of Berman and Boucher promises to weaken the position of patentees WITHIN the US, there is a different feeling as to threats from abroad:

Manufacturers need a more focused defense from the government in the battle over intellectual property theft, two senators said, citing the billions of dollars in losses from piracy and counterfeiting.

Sens. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., and George Voinovich, R-Ohio, outlined new legislation that would target the loss of intellectual property theft, replacing the current system that involves nine different agencies working on the issue. Taking a cue from the international approach to combat money laundering, it would also try to partner with other countries to help companies remain competitive.
[from AP]


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