Need some good reading material? Here’s a quick recap of the top December IP news stories we loved diving into this month!

  • “In July 1999, representatives of Amazonian Indigenous groups arrived at the headquarters of the US Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia, to challenge a patent on the ayahuasca vine. Indigenous peoples had cultivated ayahuasca for its medicinal and other properties for generations. How could someone in the United States have ‘invented’ it?” – Racism is baked into patent systems, Nature

Final tidbits: Read the new report from the International Trademark Association discussing The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) of the Future; Two opposing views on whether the COVID-19 crisis should or should not lead to more open intellectual property rights in the NYT and Forbes


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