Access to cheaper drugs in other countries may be limited by a provision sought by the U.S. in a Pacific trade deal, according to patent specialists who reviewed a document exposed by the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy group.
Hollywood-backed legislation to fight online piracy, shelved this year after an Internet protest led by Google Inc. and Wikipedia, is “dead,” said the head of the trade group for the largest movie studios.
Intellectual Ventures, the so-called “invention company” begun by former Microsoft Corp. chief technology officer Nathan Myhrvold, has set up an in-house lobbying team in Washington, according to the Washington Post.
Piracy of software made by companies including Microsoft Corp. and Symantec Corp. may have peaked last year as the recession led to changes in consumer behavior that kept illegal copying in check, an industry group said.
The value of pirated software worldwide rose 14 percent to $58.8 billion last year, almost double the total in 2003, amid rising theft of programs in emerging markets, according to a trade group that tracks piracy.
Microsoft Corp., the world’s biggest software maker, reshuffled top executives at its European and Chinese operations, after the company said Simon Leung quit as chief executive of the greater China region.
The Canadian government has given the country’s Wheat Board four years to come up with a plan to become a private company or cooperative under legislation that would end the board’s monopoly on marketing wheat and barley.