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Intellectual property right issues in the new Trade Bill

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2 Author(s)
G. M. Hoffman ; Dickstein, Shapiro & Morin, Washington, DC, USA ; G. T. Marcou

A discussion is presented of major features of 'The Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1987'. Various provisions to strengthen the intellectual property protection afforded to US inventors and to the owners of US intellectual property rights are detailed. Such provisions include: simplifying the patent infringement proceedings under paragraph 337 of the Tariff Act; providing patent owners for the first time with a new cause of action for infringement of a US process patent; and requiring the US Trade Representative to initiate accelerated investigations of and impose sanctions against countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights.<>

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IEEE Technology and Society Magazine  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 3 )