Non-communicable diseases, access and affordability, global health governance and information and communications technology innovation are some of the important issues discussed and debated at the recent Geneva Health Forum (GHF).
The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in a contentious copyright suit that could affect the continued viability of broadcast television, cable TV, and cloud-storage services like DropBox, Box and Apple’s iCloud. And it is far from clear how the court will rule in American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo, Inc.
On April 23 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the “Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance,” also known as “NETmundial” in an allusion to the global football event that will occur later in that country, will be convened. Juan Alfonso Fernández González of the Cuban Communications Ministry and a veteran of the UN internet governance meetings, raises 10 questions that need to be answered at NETmundial.
Public institutions often appear as lagging behind the private sector in innovation, especially in medical and healthcare science. But for the past decade, numerous international projects in public hospitals have included innovation as a driving force in their overall strategy development, according to speakers at a recent panel.
New measures took effect on 1 January 2014 governing national standards involving patents in China. These measures have noteworthy implications for businesses, given that they include reporting requirements that add to uncertainty and therefore the risk of non-compliance; they include other clearer reporting requirements that raise compliance costs; they specify parameters of patent licensing, including FRAND terms, for voluntary national standards; they allow discretion in determining the necessity of suspending and revising voluntary national standards when patent licensing arrangements are not finalized; they mandate patent licensing for compulsory national standards and also provide some transparency in national standards development and reporting.
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