Archives for October 2014
By Samini Thiruchelvam & P. Kandiah
Dolly was the very first cloned animal and it carried the hopes of cloning enthusiasts for improved drug production and possibly, revival of endangered species. The fathers of Dolly – Keith Henry Stockman Campbell and Ian Wilmut from the Roslin Institute of Edinburgh (“Roslin”) – created Dolly in 1996 from the udder cells of a 6-year old lamb after 276 painstaking attempts. Sadly, Dolly did not live long as she was put to sleep due to a progressive lung disease and severe arthritis on 14th February 2003.
The Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) and Japan Patent Office (JPO) recently initiated the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program on 1st October 2014, for a three-year trial period. The PPH is a program which expedites the examination process of corresponding patent applications filed in the countries involved. The PPH allows a corresponding patent application – where the claims have been determined as patentable by a First Patent Office – to be used as a basis for expediting the patent application at a Second Patent Office.
Copyright is an Intellectual Property (IP) right with protection that is considerably extensive, covering works in the realm of science (think software), arts, and literature.
As Indonesia heads towards becoming a creative economy, and experiences a rapid growth in Information and Communications Technology with the rise of the digital age, the Indonesian Government saw the need to update the Copyright Law in line with the times, to provide adequate protection and enforcement for existing and new types of copyrightable works. Thus, the latest draft of the Bill of Copyright was recently passed by the House of Representatives on 16 September 2014, to replace Law no. 19 of 2002 re. Copyright.