Earlier this year EU published its new “draft directive(link to the draft)”:http://europa.eu.int/comm/internal_market/en/indprop/piracy/index.htm on the enforcement of Intellectual Property rights. The UK based Foundation for Intellectual Property Research tells some very “worrying stories(link to FIPR site)”:http://www.fipr.org/copyright/draft-ipr-enforce.html about the anti-competitive behavior the Directive may very soon protect. * ‘DVD Region-style’ market segmentation for clothing (undermining the Single Market)
* Tying computer hardware to conumables—e.g. printers that will work only with new ink cartridges from the original manufacturer
Peter Gallagher is student of piano and photography. He was formerly a senior trade official of the Australian government. For some years after leaving government, he consulted to international organizations, governments and business groups on trade and public policy.
He teaches graduate classes at the University of Adelaide on trade research methods and the role of firms in trade and growth and tweets trade (and other) stuff from @pwgallagher