• November 19, 2014

November 7, 2014?Judy Winegar Goans, an intellectual property specialist at Nathan\r\nAssociates, has completed a new edition of Intellectual\r\nProperty: Principles and Practice, an internationally focused guide to the\r\nintricacies of copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secrets for businesses,\r\nlegal professionals, and universities.

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Though originally\r\npublished in 2003 for Egyptian readers, the book has gained use in numerous\r\ncountries including in Latin America, where a Spanish-language version has been\r\navailable since 2009. The 2003 edition was the first comprehensive,\r\nArabic-language text on the subject available in Egypt. It was quickly adopted as a textbook in the law faculties of Cairo University and other Egyptian universities and has\r\nbeen referred to in judicial\r\ndecisions in Egypt.

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This new edition\r\ncovers more than a decade of important developments in intellectual property.\r\nAmong these are approaches to compulsory licensing in various countries and the\r\npossibility of a two-country compulsory license for WTO members that would\r\nallow countries with a public health emergency but no capacity to manufacture pharmaceuticals to import\r\nfrom a country that has manufacturing capacity. The book also notes courts? and\r\npolicymakers? examination of the patentability of naturally occurring DNA\r\nsequences.

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Ms. Goans signed\r\ncopies of the new edition during an October 29 event in Cairo sponsored by the\r\nU.S. Agency for International Development. The book is being distributed across Egypt as part of USAID?s commitment to\r\npromoting development of an intellectual property system, one of the pillars of\r\neconomic growth.

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Like the original, the revised edition is printed in English\r\nas well as Arabic. A downloadable version\r\nin English is available on Nathan?s website. A downloadable version in Arabic\r\nis forthcoming.

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Ms. Goans, an attorney with more than 35 years of\r\nexperience, advises governments on intellectual property law and policy and\r\npreparations for joining the WTO and other international agreements. She also\r\nprovides training that helps intellectual property offices function\r\neffectively, and helps businesses apply ?the art of intellectual property? to\r\nadd value and promote commercial development. Ms. Goans has advised the\r\ngovernments of Egypt, Mongolia, Uganda, the Kyrgyz Republic, Serbia, and the\r\nLao People?s Democratic Republic (PDR). Her work in Lao PDR helped that country\r\nqualify for WTO accession in 2013. She is currently supporting the intellectual\r\nproperty component of a project for Myanmar and one for all APEC\r\neconomies.

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