Ban commends successes of mine action, calls for more support to eradicate explosives threat

4 April 2015 – As the world marks the 10th anniversary of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action today, the United Nations Secretary-General pointed to a decade of much progress in efforts towards eradicating the threat of anti-personnel landmines.

A total of 162 States were now Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention and the UN was playing a vital role in freeing the world from the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war and meeting the needs of victims and survivors and ensuring their human rights.

&#8220Last year alone, the United Nations destroyed more than 400,000 landmines and explosive remnants of war and more than 2,000 tons of obsolete ammunition,&#8221 said Ban Ki-moon in a message to mark the International Day, which noted that the UN had also verified more than 1,500 kilometres of roadways, provided mine risk education to millions of people and trained thousands of military and police officers to handle and safely dispose of explosive hazards.

&#8220I commend all who contributed to this success,&#8221 he said. &#8220However, women, girls, boys and men continue to fall victim to landmines laid decades ago in places such as Afghanistan and Cambodia, and I am alarmed that these indiscriminate weapons are still being used in conflicts today.&#8221

Civilians were also exposed to an increasingly wide range of explosive hazards, going beyond mines to cluster munitions, unsafe and unsecured weapons and ammunition, and improvised explosive devices.

&#8220I am extremely concerned by the extensive use of improvised explosive devices by armed groups in Iraq, which poses a major threat to civilians,&#8221 he said. &#8220In Syria, the widespread use of ‘barrel bombs’ and other explosive weapons in populated areas has caused great devastation and human suffering, leaving a legacy of explosive remnants of war that will remain a threat until their removal.&#8221

This year’s theme for the Day, ‘More than Mines,’ reflects that changing reality. When explosive hazards block the way, food is not delivered, refugees and internally displaced people cannot safely return home, children cannot attend school and peacekeeping, peacebuilding and development efforts are hindered.

&#8220On this International Day, I urge Member States to stay committed to the cause of mine action through financial contributions and political support, which is particularly crucial this year as the General Assembly debates assistance in mine action,&#8221 said the Secretary-General. &#8220The proposed resolution will provide an opportunity to recognize that mine action is indeed ‘More than Mines’ and to recommit ourselves to working with affected states to reduce the menace of mines and explosive hazards.&#8221

UN dialogue: sustainable development needed to transform Asia-Pacific’s least developed countries

6 March 2015 – Transforming the lives of some 300 million people in the least developed countries in Asia and the Pacific “is not about ticking the boxes on a few variables,” but to ensure that economic growth and development is sustainable to lift the millions above the extreme poverty line, a senior United Nations official in the region said today.

That was among conclusions at the three-day High-Level Asia-Pacific Dialogue on the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for the Decade 2011-2020 in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

“Graduation is not about ticking the boxes on a few variables alone to move beyond least developed country status,” said Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

“It’s about real transformation of the lives of the 293 million people living in our 12 LDCs, of whom 113 million remain below extreme poverty line, with high exposure to natural disasters, and about the 130 million who have yet to enjoy access to education, health and other basic services,” Ms. Akhtar said.

According to ESCAP, the greatest challenge facing the Asia-Pacific least developed countries is to promote inclusive and sustainable growth and development for reducing poverty and improving the quality of life of the people.

“In these countries, such growth requires measures to accelerate growth with structural transformation, diversifying their economies towards manufacturing and services, along with a focus on increasing agricultural productivity and promoting rural development, strengthening social protection, and enhancing financial inclusion especially of the poor and disadvantaged groups,” ESCAP said.

A clear message from the three-day meeting was that least developed countries, development partners and the UN system must meet the commitments and implement the actions agreed in the Istanbul action plan, including those related to mobilizing financial resources for development and capacity building.

The meeting’s outcome document will be delivered by the Government of Cambodia to ESCAP’s 71st Commission session for its consideration as the basis for the regional mid-term review ahead of the global mid-term review of the programme of action to be held in 2016.

The Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries, held in Istanbul, Turkey in 2011, adopted the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2011-2020.

It sets out actions to be undertaken by the least developed countries and their development partners in eight priority areas of action, each supported by concrete deliverables and commitments. These priority areas are: productive capacity; agriculture, food security and rural development; trade; commodities; human and social development; multiple crises and other emerging challenges; mobilizing financial resources for development and capacity-building; and governance at all levels.

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CPA Global Acquires Leading Patent Services Provider Landon IP

ST HELIER, Jersey, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Further strengthens search and analytics capabilities to meet increasing demand from clients around the world 

CPA Global, the world’s leading specialist in intellectual property (IP) software and services, today announced the acquisition of international patent services provider Landon IP for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition further strengthens CPA Global’s patent search and analytics capabilities, while providing Landon IP with access to a larger worldwide network.

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Landon IP is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, close to CPA Global’s US headquarters and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It also has offices in Detroit, Michigan, as well as internationally, in London, Shanghai and New Delhi. Landon IP was previously wholly owned by the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, David Hunt, and other Hunt family interests. Hunt and fellow members of Landon IP’s management team will continue in their current roles.

The primary services that Landon IP offers are:

  • Patent search 
    Patent searches for corporates, law firms, universities, and inventors to provide them with a more informed view on such issues as patentability, infringement, freedom to operate, state of the art and validity.
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)search    
    Execution of Chapter I PCT International Search Reports under long-term contract to the USPTO.
  • Patent analytics  
    Complex patent analysis – including patent landscape studies, patent mapping and portfolio reviews – to support decision-making around patent strategy, research and development, patent valuations, and licensing or sale of patents.
  • Intellectual Property information retrieval and legal support  
    Professional information retrieval, IP data collection searches and monitoring, and dissemination of worldwide value-added patent file histories through its proprietary Patent Workbench® tool.
  • Patent law education  
    Introductory and advanced patent law courses and educational programmes for patent professionals through its Patent Resources Group subsidiary.

Following the acquisition, Landon IP will operate as a standalone entity and will continue to serve clients in the same manner as previously. CPA Global’s management teams will work with Hunt and his team to expand Landon IP’s geographic reach and help promote the Company’s specialist skills to a broader range of clients worldwide.

CPA Global’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Griffiths, said: “As companies across the world increasingly seek to align the management of their Intellectual Property assets with their broader business objectives, we are seeing greater demand for patent search and analytics services to help inform strategic decision-making. Landon IP is a leader in this area and we are delighted to be working with them to deliver world-class patent services.”

Commented Hunt: “Under CPA Global’s ownership, Landon IP looks forward to accelerating our growth ambitions, while continuing to provide clients with the same exceptionally high quality of service they have come to expect from us.”

About CPA Global  

CPA Global is the world’s leading intellectual property (IP) management and IP software specialist, and an international provider of outsourced legal services. With offices across Europe, the United States and Asia Pacific, CPA Global supports many of the world’s best known corporations and law firms with a range of IP and broader legal services, helping them to manage risk, cost and capacity, and realise greater value for their businesses and IP assets.

CPA Global helps corporates and law firms in managing valuable IP Rights, such as patents, designs and trademarks, ensuring that IP portfolios are protected, maintained and regularly reviewed in order to maximise value. Working closely with its clients, CPA Global ensures they have the best information on which to base IP decisions, and the best support in terms of helping implement those decisions.

Services include the development and implementation of IP software management solutions; patent portfolio optimisation; patent search and analytics; patent and trademark renewals; as well as other IP support services such as docketing, trademark watching and domains management. CPA Global is also a leading player in the outsourced legal services sector, providing high quality and cost-efficient legal support services such as transaction support, contract management, anti-bribery and compliance, and legal research through global delivery centres in the US, Europe and India.

Founded in Jersey, Channel Islands in 1969, CPA Global today employs more than 1,800 people, serving clients’ needs in 200 jurisdictions through its own offices and an extensive agent network. CPA Global’s diverse client list ranges from major global corporations, headquartered in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, to small and medium-sized enterprises and innovation start-ups; and from top international law firms to national and regional law and IP firms. For further information, please visit: http://www.cpaglobal.com.

About Landon IP 

Landon IP is a leading global provider of professional support services throughout the IP lifecycle. Services include patent and trademark searching; non-patent literature searching; in-depth technical analysis; and global information retrieval. The Company is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, near the offices of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), with other offices in Detroit, Michigan, the UK (London), China (Shanghai) and India (New Delhi).

In 2006, Landon IP was awarded a contract to conduct PCT patent searches for the USPTO in the fields of mechanical engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, and electrical communications. Landon IP’s relationship with the USPTO was extended and expanded in 2012 with the award of a new contract to perform PCT searches across all of the USPTO’s technology areas.

The Company that is today Landon IP traces its history back to 1949 when a predecessor to the present company was founded in the US. For further information, please visit: http://www.landon-ip.com

Statement of Daniel A. Pollack, Special Master in Argentina Debt Litigation

NEW YORK, Aug. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Daniel A. Pollack, Special Master appointed by Judge Thomas P. Griesa to conduct and preside over settlement negotiations in the Argentina Debt Litigation, today issued the following statement:

“Pursuant to the direction of the Court, I have continued to work to find a solution to the issues that divide the parties.  As I have indicated, it is my intention to convene and conduct further negotiations until a solution is reached, however long that may take.”

Mr. Pollack said he would have no further comment at this time.

Daniel A. Pollack, Special Master in Argentina Debt Litigation, Issues the Following Statement

NEW YORK, July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Daniel A. Pollack, the Special Master appointed by Judge Thomas P. Griesa to conduct and preside over settlement negotiations between the Republic of Argentina and its Bondholders, issued the following Statement today:

“This morning and this afternoon, representatives of the Republic of Argentina, led by Minister of the Economy, Axel Kicillof, and representatives of its large bondholders held further face-to-face meetings in my office and in my presence. Unfortunately, no agreement was reached and the Republic of Argentina will imminently be in Default. Today, July 30, was the last day of the grace period for the Republic of Argentina to pay many hundreds of millions of dollars of interest to its “exchange” bondholders, i.e. those who took bonds in 2005 and 2010 in exchange for the bonds they held following the Default of 2001. In order to make that payment of interest, however, the Republic of Argentina was also required, simultaneously, to make a “ratable” payment to the bondholders who declined to accept the exchanges of 2005 and 2010, i.e. the “holdouts”. The Republic of Argentina did not meet those conditions and, as a result, will be in Default. Notwithstanding any claim to the contrary, Default is not a mere “technical” condition, but rather a real and painful event that will hurt real people: these include all ordinary Argentine citizens, the exchange bondholders (who will not receive their interest ) and the holdouts ( who will not receive payment of the judgments they obtained in Court). The full consequences of Default are not predictable, but they certainly are not positive. This case has been highly publicized and highly politicized for many weeks. What has been perfectly clear to me all along, however, in my capacity as the neutral Special Master, is that the laws of the United States must be obeyed by all parties. The courts of the United States (both the United States District Court and the United States Court of Appeals), after full briefings and hearings, ruled that the Republic of Argentina could not lawfully make the interest payments to the exchange bondholders unless it simultaneously made the payments due the holdouts. I have worked relentlessly, over a five-week period, to bring the Republic of Argentina and its bondholders together in an agreement that would allow the June 30 interest payment of many hundreds of millions of dollars to be made, and to be made lawfully, thereby avoiding Default. It is not my role or intent to find fault with either side. I will continue to be available to the parties to aid them in reaching a resolution which they must reach in the interests of all concerned. Default cannot be allowed to lapse into a permanent condition or the Republic of Argentina and the bondholders, both exchange and holdouts, will suffer increasingly grievous harm, and the ordinary Argentine citizen will be the real and ultimate victim.”