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Intellectual Property Rights Blowing in the Wind

If ever we hated to say "we told you so", this is that moment. The U.S./Brazil dispute over U.S. cotton subsidies [1] has landed the U.S. on the wrong side of a WTO ruling, resulting in sanctions. Brazil has already identified 102 U.S. products on which it will now impose those (sanctioned...

United States-Brazilian Cotton Dispute: The Possible First-Ever WTO-Sanctioned Cross-Retaliation against IP Rights

Developments have been moving fast in Brazil regarding the possible first-ever WTO-sanctioned cross-retaliation against intellectual property rights. In November 2009, the World Trade Organization (WTO) gave Brazil the formal go-ahead to impose sanctions on U.S. imports after previous WTO rulings...

UPDATE: Walter W. Palmer on the U.S./Brazilian WTO dispute

Walter W. Palmer, of Pinheiro Palmer Advogados, discusses Brazil IP News - Legal instrument permits Brazilian federal government to suspend IP and similar rights as "cross-retaliation" in WTO disputes. June 21, 2010 Correspondence from Walter W. Palmer of Pinheiro Palmer Advogados...

Copyright Restoration: The Supreme Court's Upcoming Decision in Golan v. Holder

The Supreme Court is being asked to determine whether Congress violated the Constitution when it restored copyrights in certain foreign works that had entered the public domain in the US. If the Court holds that it was unconstitutional, the copyright owners will be stripped of their exclusive rights...