Trade and Intellectual Property

July 10, 2019

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) has released its annual report for 2018 detailing its accomplishments in research, policy recommendation, and collaboration in the following fields: Agriculture, natural resources, and environmental management; human development, labor markets, and poverty; institutions, law, and economics; macroeconomics, finance, and growth; public economics and governance; regional, urban, and rural development; science, technology, and innovation; and trade and industry and international economy.

June 1, 2019

As parties to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Canada and Mexico have agreed to adopt important intellectual property protections for biologic medicines. Most significantly, both countries have agreed to increase the term of regulatory data protection (RDP) for new biologic medicines to ten years, thereby approaching the 12 years provided by the United States. Currently, Canada provides an eight-year term, while Mexico offers no protection.

February 12, 2019

In a world where economic growth increasingly depends on “intangible” products and services based on human know-how, knowledge and creativity, only those countries that have the right policy attitude to innovation will thrive.

February 1, 2019

Robust intellectual property (IP) protection is vital for biopharmaceutical innovation. It provides the incentives and business certainty needed to attract and sustain long-term investment in prevention, treatments and cures. IP rights have little value without enforcement, however.

January 31, 2019

Canadian courts, in particular the Supreme Court of Canada, have in recent years issued intellectual property (IP) judgments that were problematic, even erroneous, Munk Senior Fellow Richard Owens said today.

October 1, 2018

Digitalization is revolutionizing business models and the relationship between authorities and citizens and between enterprises and consumers creating new opportunities, but also raising some critical issues.

December 14, 2017

The long-awaited Draft Intellectual Property (IP) Policy, recently published by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), proposes several key reforms to South Africa’s IP policy.

August 3, 2017

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute has released a series of three papers, in the Defending our Rights series, which details how Canada can become a global intellectual property leader.

July 8, 2017

The MacDonald-Laurier Institute's Richard Owens writes that a ruling in Access Copyright v. York University issued by Judge Phelan of the Federal Court of Canada represented a significant victory for Canadian content creators.

July 7, 2017

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute's Richard Owens writes that Canada's effective decision to reverse the so-called promise doctrine, a more expansive test of patent utility, is an important step forward for Canadian patent law.

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