Brand Protection Council - Your RealSource for Intellectual Propertyhttp://www.bpcouncil.comBPCouncil Rss ArticlesJohn A. Amster Amster is the co-CEO of RPX Corporation.Mon, 02 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTSteven S. Baik S. Baik is a Partner at Orrick's Silicon Valley office.Mon, 02 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTJoe Beyers Beyers is Vice President of Intellectual Property Licensing, Hewlett-Packard Co.Mon, 02 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTWho's Who in Brand Protection: Daniel P. McCurdy P. McCurdy is Chief Executive Officer of Allied Security Trust I.Mon, 02 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTWho's Who in Brand Protection: Mike McLean McLean is Vice President of Professional Services, Semiconductor Insights.Mon, 02 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTDr. Singer John Huang Singer John Huang is the Director of the Peking University Internet and IP Law Center.Mon, 02 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTEdward R. Reines R. Reines is a Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.Mon, 02 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTWhos Who in Brand Protection: Hiro Seki Seki is the General Manager, Intellectual Property Division, at Renasas Technology.Mon, 02 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTMembership News: You're on Target …If You're on BPCouncil! membership is not just an opportunity to access the latest brand protection information from the community. It's also a way to share your information – be it your product, event, technology, company, expertise – to a captive audience of brand protection and IP professionals.Sun, 15 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTMembership News: IP JobMart Lets Your Fingers Do the (IP) Job-Hunting!, it's quick and easy to find an IP job or fill a brand protection position. BPCouncil's new IPJobMart is the online brand protection employment exchange that connects job hunters with head hunters.Thu, 05 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTIP Americas Edition: Caribbean – JIPO Helps Jamaica Tap Its IP Potential Jamaica, home of reggae music, jerk sauces, Blue Mountain coffee, and other commercial assets, appreciation of intellectual property and its financial value is a job that's still to be done. The Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) is helping.Thu, 26 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMTCMO (Chief Marketing Officer) Council CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) Council is an organization of senior corporate marketing leaders and brand decision-makers across a wide-range of global industries.Sun, 15 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMTIFACT-GC International Federation Against Copyright Theft - Greater China was established in 2006 by the Motion Picture Association to protect the film industry in the Greater China region from the adverse impact of piracy.Wed, 21 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMTConfederation of Indian Industry (CII) Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the growth of industry in India. It recently released a 52-page manual titled "Technological Solutions: A Primer for Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy."Mon, 05 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMTUK Border Agency (UKBA) UK Border Agency improves the United Kingdom's security through stronger border protection while welcoming legitimate travelers and trade.Wed, 10 Dec 2008 00:00:00 GMTEFPIA - European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations is the voice of about 2,200 European companies committed to researching, developing and bringing to patients new medicines that improve health and quality of life around the world.Wed, 10 Dec 2008 00:00:00 GMTWhen Was Your Last IP Check Up? United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) recently launched "IP Healthcheck" – a free online diagnostic tool to help artists, inventors, sole traders, and small- to medium-sized businesses identify, protect, and commercially exploit their intellectual property.Thu, 19 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTNew Anti-Counterfeiting, Grey Market, Track and Trace Solutions by flagship technology AuthentiTrack, PHARMORX Security's solutions provide traceability down to the unit level to secure products and protect brands and consumers.Thu, 19 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTBiometric Security Technology and Pharmaceutical Counterfeiting an exclusive interview with BPCouncil, Stewart Hefferman, Chief Operating Officer of TSSI Systems Limited, provides insights into the uphill battle against pharmaceutical counterfeiting – and how a proven technology could make all the difference.Sun, 15 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTFine Fragrances: Profit Loss from Europe's Grey Market Activity recent report on fine fragrances in Europe from Globaleyez – a brand protection and diversion control services provider – measures the incidence of European grey market activity for 68 premium fragrance brands and helps brand owners estimate profit loss.Thu, 05 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTIP Americas Edition: US – New Content Protection Technologies content owners, there's a fine line between providing their consumers with what they need and expect – and protecting their content from piracy and keeping their product profitable. Here are three new technologies that may provide the answers.Sun, 01 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMT"Mofiria": Sony's New Finger Vein Authentication Technology's fast, compact, highly accurate – and comes with a funny name. But with the increase of networked products and services, Sony's user-friendly "Mofiria" may well be the solution for those who need higher levels of personal authentication and information security.Wed, 18 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMTHigh-End Security for a High-End Watch watchmaker Vacheron Constantin's new Quai de l'Ile line represents a new and pioneering concept in "haute horlogerie" - combining advanced watch-making craftsmanship with state-of-the-art security printing technology.Sun, 15 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMTNew Infra Red Security Ink Solution Launched technological developments weaken the security of ultra-violet (UV) inks, many companies using this technology for product and brand security are moving to the more secure, easy-to-integrate infra red security inks and coatings – like Sun Chemical’s new SunGuard™ Apollo.Sun, 08 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMTWhat Is "Mine" and What Is "Thine": James Boyle's "The Public Domain" Boyle's "The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind" is an excellent analysis of the concept of intellectual property and why, in his opinion, today's IP policies are going the wrong way. A must-read…for those on both sides of the IP debate.Thu, 19 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTAnti-Counterfeit Strategy Needs Interdisciplinary Approach develop and implement successful anti-counterfeit strategies, you need more than good technology. You have to educate yourself and connect inside and outside your company. A good strategy needs the kind of interdisciplinary approach that you see in educational programs of IoPP and in our activities at Michigan State University.Sun, 15 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTIP Jobs Are Out There - Even in a Sagging Economy the area of intellectual property law, the slowing economy has ironically pushed companies to protect and expand their income-generating IP assets – resulting in law firms revamping their IP practice and corresponding jobs opening up.Mon, 09 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTIP Americas Edition: Latin America – Grey Market Capital? point to the economic crisis as the reason why consumers in emerging markets such as Latin America are increasingly drawn to informal (grey/black) market activity over formal (official retail) channels as an alternative solution for their purchases.Sun, 01 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTPatenting: A Choice or a Must? an eye-opening article titled "Patent or Perish," research and analytics services provider Evalueserve contends that innovators had better open their eyes to the importance of patents and patent quality if they don't want competitors having these innovations for (a free) lunch!Thu, 26 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMTWill IP Provide Your Company's Next Financing? many of today's businesses in an economic bind, intellectual property as a financial instrument is a growing trend. But because many in the industry still have to catch up on the nitty-gritty of this phenomenon, WIPO will hold an open and free meeting for interested parties.Wed, 18 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMTOnline Brand Reputation: Managing the Internet Buzz on Your Brand damaged brand reputation could mean a loss of millions of dollars in revenue, or even the loss of the CEO or of the entire business. Today, with news spreading virally on the Internet and the public usually getting ahold of a company’s information before it does, managing a brand’s online reputation is critical.Sun, 08 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMTCelebrity IP Edition: Brand Protection in the Afterlife days, a celebrity (even a dead one) is a brand, with intellectual property rights worthy of protection. As Forbes magazine's annual list of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities shows, thanks to licensing deals, dead celebrities can rake in millions – even in an economic crisis!Thu, 29 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMTMember Corner: DISOSA - Diary of an Anti- Counterfeit Sweep part of the solution – share your brand protection story. This week’ s member content contribution recounts the recent anti-counterfeit operation in Curacao conducted by DISOSA BPS Group Ltd. – a brand protection service provider and BPCouncil member.Thu, 19 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTCSi Removed £35 Million Worth of Counterfeits from eBay in 2008"WatchDog" – a proactive and cost-effective monitoring system developed by Commercial Security International Ltd (CSi) – automates the time-consuming task of manually monitoring and removing infringing auction listings from a number of trading sites.Mon, 16 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMT30 Months in Jail for Stealing Trade Secrets – for the Chinese! former vice president, a former metallurgist and a former senior engineer conspired to steal confidential and proprietary information from their then company – Metaldyne – and turn over the purloined data to their employer's Chinese competitor.Sun, 08 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTIP Americas Edition: Mexico – Anti-Piracy Actions by law enforcement, anti-piracy groups, and even the Motion Picture Association of America are making a dent in Mexico's piracy problem. But many experts say the problem really lies in a pervasive culture where piracy and counterfeit crimes are considered "normal."Sun, 01 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTCounterfeit Seizures by the Numbers a recent announcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) revealed that seizures of counterfeit and pirated goods for the year 2008 totaled more than $272.7 million – a 38 percent increase in domestic value over 2007.Wed, 18 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMTCounterfeit Pharmaceutical Drugs Distributor Sentenced to 6 1/2 Years in Prison Xu, 36 and a citizen of the People's Republic of China, was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison without parole for distributing counterfeit and misbranded pharmaceuticals in the United States.Thu, 12 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMTCounterfeit Hair Straighteners: More than a Bad Hair Day British-based company, ghd - synonymous with the revolutionary ceramic stylers which kicked off the trend for straightened hair - has warned its customers of counterfeit ghd stylers circulating the market, stressing that these have not passed the company’s safety tests.Sun, 08 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMTCelebrity IP Edition: Actress Sued for Alleged Trade Secret Theft are not just victims of intellectual property rights violations – they’ve also been hauled to court for alleged misappropriation of others’ IP assets, as this legal story illustrates. Will celebrity be a factor in the outcome?Thu, 29 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMTInfringed Patent Enters the Dragons' Den someone infringe his own patent? Yes, according to a recent IPO opinion. The UK's Intellectual Property Office recently ruled that an invention featured in top venture capitalist TV program, "Dragons' Den," is already partially covered by a patent owned by a company the inventor helped to found – a patent that even has his name!Sun, 22 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTDoes Reading Books Aloud Infringe Copyright? has backed down is its copyright fight with the Authors Guild over Amazon's Kindle 2's text-to-speech feature. But was the real issue infringement – or the threat posed by the new technology against the billion-dollar audio books business?Sun, 15 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTIP Americas Edition: Canada – Special 301 Priority Watch List-Worthy?"Blame Canada" is all over the blogosphere, with the recent inclusion of the country in the copyright lobbying group IIPA's annual list of recommendations to the Special 301 Priority Watch List. Is this America's corporate interests dictating to a sovereign country – or does Canada deserve the reputation?Sun, 01 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMTEmployee Inventors Awarded in UK Landmark Ruling the first successful case of its kind in the UK, a court has come down firmly on the side of two employee inventors, ordering their former employer, GE Healthcare, to pay them with a £1.5 million compensation for their role in creating a heart defect diagnostic tool.Wed, 18 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMTCalifornia Delay Provides Temporary Relief colored most discussions at a recent healthcare track-and-trace conference. A key question: How will FDA actions differ from California’s e-pedigree program?Thu, 12 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMTThe Sasha and Malia Dolls: The Intellectual Property Issues Beanie Babies maker Ty, Inc. has “retired” – and will no longer be profiting from – its controversial Sasha and Malia dolls, the dolls are still hot items and still provoking wide-ranging opinions on the issues of First Amendment rights, copyright laws, and state statutes on the right to publicity and right to privacy.Sun, 08 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMTCelebrity IP Edition: Hebrew U Wins $64,000 Award in Einstein IP Case Jerusalem District Court found a furniture company guilty of unauthorized use of Albert Einstein's image – and ordered it to pay Hebrew University in Jerusalem (owner of the famed physicist's IP rights) $NIS250,000 ($64,000) in compensation.Thu, 29 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMTBilski Decision Sets Back Business-Method Patents CAFC ruling on re Bilski limits the patentability of software. For technology brand owners, this makes it easier for good ideas to be stolen because process patents will be harder to get. For the FOSS community, even though the war is not over, a battle has been won.Wed, 21 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT