Ecuador Seeks to Increase Penalties for Copyright and Trademark Infringement

 Posted by on August 12, 2015  Comments Off on Ecuador Seeks to Increase Penalties for Copyright and Trademark Infringement
Aug 122015
 

ecuador flagThe Ecuadorian Commission on Justice and Structure of the State has initiated a plan to socialize potential reforms to the criminal code. This includes changing penalties for copyright and trademark piracy. This reform is intended to bring the country into compliance with its TRIPS requirements. It seeks to punish commercial scale piracy with fines to exceed fifty thousand dollars. Nonetheless, representatives of the entertainment industry have questioned the inability of the reform to punish every type of infringer.

For more information (in Spanish), see Asamblea inició socialización de reformas al Código Orgánico Integral Penal.

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Ecuador Takes One Step Forward for Health, and One Step Back

 Posted by on September 5, 2014  Comments Off on Ecuador Takes One Step Forward for Health, and One Step Back
Sep 052014
 

ecuador flagIssues New Compulsory Licenses; Signs Harmful Trade Agreement with the EU

[Luz Marina Umbasia and Peter Maybarduk, Link to PDF]  In July, Ecuador issued four compulsory licenses for medicines targeting cancer and arthritis treatment and immunological reception to kidney transplant.[1] These licenses authorize cost-cutting generic competition with patented medicines, in exchange for royalty payments to the patent holders. Compulsory licensing is a crucial tool to expand access to medicines that are prohibitively expensive or whose costs place enormous burdens on budgets for health systems.[2] Ecuador has again demonstrated international leadership by exercising its health rights. Continue reading »

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