As we are about to enter the end of the year holiday season, we here at EIP wanted to take this Thanksgiving eve to look back and share some Thanksgiving-related patents and trademarks. As Thanksgiving is, by name, the time to count your blessings and reflect on what you’re grateful for, we are doing this special highlight to share our appreciation for how far IP has allowed the celebration of Thanksgiving to progress. Click on this article link to learn more.
European copyright law is argued by some to be pretty terrible. Very soon, it could become a lot worse. The European Copyright Directive was originally enacted in 2001 and is in need of revision in order to keep up with the modern times. In October 2016, the European Commission released a legislative proposal for a new copyright mandate that focused on giving new and major powers and privileges to news publishers. That proposal was referred to several of the committees of the European Parliament, and has just recently been passed the European legal affairs committee. However, not everything is as great as it seems. There are many criticisms of the new directive, most of which refer to Articles 11 and 13, which has caused major controversy all across the internet. Click on this article link to learn more.
April 26, 2018 is the annual World Intellectual Property Day. This year’s theme is “Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity.” Come join us as we take a look through history to review just a drop of the contributions that women have made to innovation and creation to science, the arts, and technology. Click on this article link to learn more about this year’s World IP Day.
Facebook is once again in the spotlight because of issues surrounding how they handle their user’s data amongst more concerns over privacy issues. Facebook recently confirmed that they scan through chats sent through Facebook Messenger, a revelation that has left some shocked, some disappointed, some upset, and some completely unsurprised. Read the full article for more.
The recently passed “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017” is getting a lot of press for income tax and refund season. Did you know it also affects the sale of self-owned intellectual property like patents, inventions or secret formulas? If you created and own a piece of intellectual property, you need to read this.
On December 14, 2017, the FCC commission will vote on whether or not to repeal the current net neutrality rules. Here’s why everyone who uses the internet, for any reason at all, should be extremely concerned about this.