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Japan looks to protect intellectual property rights for fruits, vegetables abroad

The Japan Times

The government is preparing to increase protection for the intellectual property rights abroad regarding fruits and vegetables developed in Japan, after it was found that seeds and seedlings have been exported illegally and produced without authorization. The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry plans to help domestic seed and seedling growers register in other countries and regions the varieties they develop. Benihoppe strawberries developed by Shizuoka Prefecture and Shine Muscat grapes developed by a Japanese research institute had been grown and sold in China without the developers' permission. "We are concerned that the grape produced in our prefecture and unauthorized products could compete against each other in export markets," a Shizuoka Prefectural Government official said. Japanese-developed fruits and vegetables are known for their high quality and brand power, and therefore are important for achieving the government's goal of raising annual exports of agriculture, forestry and fisheries products and food items to 1 trillion.

Computers and Robots Don't Count


Courts use similar logic in case after case: It's not infringement if computers "read or review" the new copies, only if people do. Completely legal, four courts have agreed, because it's not as though Google is turning the complete books over to people. "Google Books ... is not a tool to be used to read books," wrote one judge. In another strand of the litigation, the parties at one point proposed a settlement that would have allowed "non-consumptive" digital humanities research on the scanned books, defined as "research in which computational analysis is performed on one or more Books, but not research in which a researcher reads or displays substantial portions of a Book to understand the intellectual content presented within the Book." This was fine, in the view of the author and publisher representatives who negotiated the proposed settlement.

Artificial Intelligence: No Clear Roadmap For The Future - Intellectual Property Watch


"Artificial intelligence is as a weapon" and we have to deal with it "as we deal with other weapons," Cindy Smith, director of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), said during a panel discussion at an artificial intelligence summit in Geneva this week. The panel discussion focused on preparing a roadmap to ensure that artificial intelligence develops in "a safe, responsible and, an ethical manner" that benefits all the different segments of our society. Please login or subscribe to read the full story.