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Current Issue: Vol. 20, no. 7  (March 30, 2015)
A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library
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Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP)
    The Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University School of Law states that it “is dedicated to the scholarly analysis of intellectual property rights and the technological, commercial, and creative innovation they facilitate." In addition, CPIP explores how strong property rights in innovation and creativity can foster successful lives and a flourishing economy. The website does not have links to primary law but has sections that provide information about conferences, publications, fellowships and grants, and other activities dealing with the protection of intellectual property and with CPIP. The Publications & Media section has links to research and policy papers and videos of presentations and conferences sponsored by CPIP. It also provides the full text of amicus briefs that have been authored by CPIP scholars. A search box is provided on every page to facilitate discovery. Social media links include links to the CPIP blog, Facebook page, and Twitter page. Users can also sign up to receive email announcements from CPIP.
    [Author: S. Leers]
International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV)
    The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) was created in 1961 by the UPOV Convention to promote a system to incentivize plant breeders by creating an intellectual property right in new plant varieties, and thus increasing the likelihood of a return on breeders' investment. Through this right, UPOV's goal has been to improve worldwide crop yields and quality as farmers can purchase and plant seeds from the improved plant varieties. UPOV's website provides many resources for the researcher, from the basic (a multimedia introduction) to the technical (List of Crop/Species and corresponding UPOV Codes). UPOV Lex offers PDF copies in English (and often French, German, and Spanish) of the UPOV Convention texts, explanatory notes, notifications regarding individual member nations (such as ratifications), and implementing legislation of various nations. Text of presentations from seminars and symposia (e.g. WIPO-UPOV Symposium on Intellectual Property Rights in Plant Biotechnology) are available, as are documents (such as agendas, reports, and summaries) from meetings of UPOV committees and working groups. Extensive documentation is provided on applying the “DUS” test to determine whether a plant variety is distinct, uniform, and stable in order to qualify for legal protection. The PVP Data & Statistics Tab provides access to the aforementioned UPOV Lex database, as well as the Genie Database (information on plant genus and species and its protection in member nations, along with the existence of DUS testing and guidelines), the List of Crop/Species and UPOV Codes (to control for synonyms and implement uniformity across plant names), data on plant protection (such as the number of applicants and right holders in a given year organized by nation), and the PLUTO Plant Variety Database, which requires a free WIPO account to access. Basic keyword searching is available for the website as a whole and for the various document collections (such as UPOV Lex and the meetings documents). The website also provides news including press releases, a Gazette and Newsletter, information about upcoming meetings and trainings, and job opportunities.
    [Author: I. Haight]
IstEin: The Site on Financial Regulation
    IstEin stands for Istituto Einaudi, named in honor of a top Italian economist who was Governor of the Central Bank and President of the Republic of Italy. In 1965 the Banca d'Italia (the Central Bank) and the Associazione Bancaria Italiana (ABI; the Italian Banking Association) established Ente Einaudi with the goal of promoting the education of young researchers in the money, banking and finance fields. In 2008, Ente Einaudi was transformed into two new entities, one of which is the Einaudi Institute for Banking, Finance and Insurance Studies. The Institute's website provides up-to-date news on financial regulation, focusing on international and European developments. Other sections of the website cover research conducted by the Institute, including regulatory briefs. The "e-Library" section draws its content from a very extensive range of sources, including the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Banking Authority, to name just a few. The site has 4600 documents discoverable through browsing or searching, and offers the possibility to subscribe to its newsletter, which has both academic articles and regulation news. The site is updated daily, ensuring that the information provided is current. IstEin is an extremely useful site for researchers in this area.
    [Author: J. Luke]

InSITE contributors: I. Haight, S. Leers. J. Luke, J. Pajerek (editor)


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