CIPP Quarterly Newsletter – May 2004
Contribution to the Advanced Food Materials Network
The Advanced Food Materials Network (AFMNet), funded by the Networks of Centres of Excellence and housed at the University of Guelph, involves a number of intellectual property issues for which a new set of research has to be conducted. The CIPP is in charge of this research, together with the Health Law Institute of the University of Alberta and researchers at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Guelph.
More information on AFMNet can be found @ http://www.afmnet.ca
Copyright and the Right to Copy
In a ruling that is likely to have profound implications for the internet, universities and libraries, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a landmark decision on March 4, 2004, in CCH Canadian Ltd. v Law Society of Upper Canada, in the area of copyright.
What the Supreme Court did was to get right the balance between the needs of creators and those using knowledge. In the case, three Canadian legal publishers commenced a test case against the Great Library of the Law Society of Upper Canada, which not only provided free-standing photocopy machines for the use of library patrons but also performed the copying for clients after having considered the reasonableness of the request according to its copying policy.
The Law Society would even fax out the photocopies to firms outside of Toronto. The kinds of documents in question are the essential stuff of legal practice and legal research: reported court decisions, summaries or “headnotes”, case analyses, legal indexes, legal textbooks, etc.
This ruling settles three issues which had been disputed and were even controversial.
Agricultural Biotechnology and Intellectual Property, June 3 & 4, 2004, North Carolina, US
The CIPP is pleased to announce the holding of “Agricultural Biotechnology and Intellectual Property: a new framework”, the inaugural workshop of the CIPP project “Legal Models of Biotechnological Intellectual Property Protections: A Transdisciplinary Approach”. This workshop will take place on June 3 and 4 and will be hosted at the Institute for Forest Biotechnology in North Carolina.
Health Biotechnology and Intellectual Property, October 27 & 28 2004, Italy
The CIPP is pleased to announce the holding of “Health Biotechnology and Intellectual Property: a new framework”, the second workshop of the CIPP project “Legal Models of Biotechnological Intellectual Property Protections: A Transdisciplinary Approach”. This workshop will take place on October 27 & 28, 2004 and will be hosted at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.
Successful Technology Transfer Workshop
On April 20, the CIPP – sponsored by the Montreal based law firm Blakes – held a workshop on Technology Transfer Issues. Senior representatives from the Academia, Industry and Government communities were brought together to discuss the various issues raised by this important topic. A report detailing the outcomes emerging from this workshop will be published on the CIPP website over the summer.
Seed funding available to CIPP members
As part of its mission, which is to foster research in the area of intellectual property policy, the CIPP makes available to its members seed funding to help them launching research projects. Seed fuding guidelines and application form are available @
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