Chavez may end patents on medicine in Venezuela

CARACAS, June 21 (Reuters) – President Hugo Chavez has vowed to shake up the rules governing intellectual property rights on medicines and other products in Venezuela, the socialist’s latest move against the private sector.

“A song is intellectual property, but an invention or a scientific discovery should be knowledge for the world, especially medicine,” Chavez said late on Saturday.

“That a laboratory does not allow us to make a medicine because they have the patent, no, no, no,” Chavez said.

Chavez, who has nationalized many Venezuela industries and is critical of the private sector, ordered his trade minister to analyze the patent rules in the OPEC nation.

“Patents have become a barrier to production, and we cannot allow them to be barriers to medicine, to life, to agriculture,” said the minister, Eduardo Saman, who previously headed Venezuela’s patent agency.

“We are revising all the doctrines and laws related to patents, which should be compatible with the international treaties that we have signed and respect and honor.”

Chavez recently criticized Swedish packaging maker Tetra Pak, saying its patents on cartons were limiting production in Venezuela.

(Reporting by Frank Jack Daniel, editing by Vicki Allen)

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/bondsNews/idUSN2148323120090621?rpc=401&

How To Block Google Analytics

Google analytics is a free tracking tool for webmasters. It keeps track of visitor movements and clicks on the webmasters site. If you don’t like your movements and clicks to be analyzed in detail follow the instructions below.

These instructions provide the step-by-step procedure for adding a simple line of script to a file named “Hosts. In PCs with Windows, the following steps should be followed in order to modify the file and block Google Analytics:

127.0.0.1 google-analytics.com
Here is how, for Windows users: –>

  1. Go to the Start menu
  2. click Run
  3. Type Notepad C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\Etc\Hosts
  4. Hit the Enter key
  5. Move the Curser to the end of the file
  6. Add “127.0.0.1 google-analytics.com” to the end of the file.
  7. Save the file and exit Notepad
    1. Pull down the file menu, click on Save
    2. Pull down the file menu, click on Exit
  8. Shutdown and restart the computer

You can omit the www to catch all current and future subdomains and add the following line to your hosts file:

127.0.0.1 google-analytics.com

The Hosts file is located in different locations in different operating systems and even in different Windows versions; please see Hosts file in Wikipedia.