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The British Library
The British Library (BL) is the national library of the United Kingdom. It is based in London and is one of the world's largest research libraries, holding over 150 million items in all known languages and formats: books, journals...
World Intellectual Property Organization
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, ...

News Releases

Electronic Frontier Foundation Urges Supreme Court to Crack Down on Patent Trolls
2014-03-05
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Two Big Cases Could Protect Software Innovators – and Their Customers – From Patent Lawsuits
January's Stupid Patent of the Month: A Method of Updating "Grass" in Video Games
2015-02-02
Electronic Frontier Foundation
U.S. Patent 8,529,350 - January's Stupid Patent of the Month. The patent -- titled "Method and System for Increased Realism in Video Games" - is owned by Utah-based troll White Knuckle LLC.
Victory: Photo Hobbyist Prevails Over Junk-Patent Bully
2015-06-04
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Patent bully Garfum has abandoned its lawsuit against an online photo hobbyist, just one day after a federal judge set the date for a face-off in court against lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foun...

Sources Select Resources

A Closer Look at Patent Troll Demand Letters: A Dangerous Problem that Must Be Fixed
Samuels, Julie
Article
2013
Electronic Frontier Foundation
We've been talking a good deal lately about the promising Innovation Act. And with good reason — it looks like the best chance we've had for real patent reform that would actually help those getting c...
Criticism of Patents
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Article
Farmers join to save the seeds that feed us
Wheeler, Ashley
Article
2015
The Ecologist
Farmers and growers in south-west England have united to reclaim the lost skill of seed saving. They are determined to grow, develop, share and disseminate open-pollinated seeds, and oppose EU laws gr...
In the footsteps of Gandhi: an interview with Vandana Shiva
London, Scott
Article
2016
The Ecologist
Vandana Shiva is more than just a leading scientist, author and campaigner on green issues and anti-globalisation. She is also among the most prominent of Mahatma Ghandi's intellectual heirs. In this ...
January's Stupid Patent of the Month: A Method of Updating "Grass" in Video Games
Sources News Release
Article
2015
Electronic Frontier Foundation
U.S. Patent 8,529,350 - January's Stupid Patent of the Month. The patent -- titled "Method and System for Increased Realism in Video Games" - is owned by Utah-based troll White Knuckle LLC.
Patent
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Article
A set of exclusive rights granted by a state (national government) to an inventor or their assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for a public disclosure of an invention.
Patent Folly: Another Point of View
Sainath, P.
Article
1995
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TPP is "Worst Trade Agreement" for Medicine Access, Says Doctors Without Borders
Yakupitiyage,Tharanga
Article
2015
Interpress News Service
The TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership] will…go down in history as the worst trade agreement for access to medicines in developing countries, said Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in...
Victory: Photo Hobbyist Prevails Over Junk-Patent Bully
Sources News Release
Article
2015
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Patent bully Garfum has abandoned its lawsuit against an online photo hobbyist, just one day after a federal judge set the date for a face-off in court against lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foun...
Who Owns Life?
Article
1998
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Sources Bookshelf

Pharmageddon
Healy, David
Book
2012
David Healy's comprehensive argument against the pharmaceuticalization of medicine is an indictment of problems in health care that are leading to a growing number of deaths and disabilities.
Private Profits vs Public Policy
The Pharmaceutical Industry and the Canadian State
Lexchin, Joel
Book
2016
According to Joel Lexchin, "Given the central role that medicines play in keeping us healthy, it is essential that we understand the policy environment that governs drug development, from the initial ...

Media

New Internationalist
New Internationalist reports on issues of world poverty and inequality. We focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless worldwide in the fight for global justice.

Government Ministries & Agencies

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Administers Canada's intellectual property systems (patents, trade-marks, copyrights, industrial designs, and integrated circuit topographies).


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