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New French Law Opens Market For Non-Profits Selling Public Domain Seeds

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:24
New legislation on biodiversity has been adopted by the French National Assembly, opening doors for the sharing and selling of seeds in the public domain to amateur gardeners. For some associations that had been illegally trading public domain seeds, this is seen as a major victory. Prior to the newly adopted legislation, only seeds listed […]
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The “Denial Playbook”: An Original Product Of The Oil Industry

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 06:11
New documents reveal that the oil and tobacco industries took pages from the same book to engineer their decade long campaigns on denying the existence of climate change and smoking-related cancer. The playbook also appears to have originated not with tobacco, but with the oil industry itself, and the two even appeared to share patents.
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Civil Society Calls On India To Backtrack On Policy Threatening Global HIV Response

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 11:21
The International AIDS Society made a statement today at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, voicing concerns about India's recent policy which, according to the group, is threatening access to HIV treatment in India and around the world.
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The Significance Of Uruguay’s Win Over Philip Morris International

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 08:52
The tobacco industry’s global efforts to use bilateral and multilateral agreements to challenge the spread of tobacco control measures such as trademark-minimising plain packages were dealt a significant blow last week when the World Bank dispute settlement body dismissed a case brought by Philip Morris against the government of Uruguay.The decision is seen a landmark for those who view the company as using test cases to continually challenge and delay public health protection measures and discourage other countries, particularly those with fewer resources, from strengthening their health regulations. Additionally, the case reasserted that trademarks are subject to government regulations and also illustrated the role that international organisations and actors can play in support of national governments defending their health measures.
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Blockstream’s New Patent Strategy: Trust Us, We Won’t Sue You

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 08:42
Blockstream, which developed the blockchain technology and bitcoin, has announced a defensive patent strategy. The crux of it: assurance that users of its technology won't be sued.
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