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New leak of TPP consolidated text on intellectual property provides details of pandering to drug companies and publishers

For more information:
James Love, Knowledge Ecology International
email: james.love@keionline.org, +1.202.361.3040

The May 16, 2014 version of the consolidated negotiating text for the Intellectual Property Chapter for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is a long, complex document that taken as a whole is designed to expand and extend monopolies on knowledge goods, including in particular publisher-owned copyrights, patents on inventions, and monopoly rights in data used to register new drugs, vaccines and agricultural chemical products.

UPDATE: TRIPS Council (Oct. 2014): Ukraine requests discussion on compatibility of tobacco plain packaging measures with TRIPS

UPDATE: On 17 October 2014, the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO) circulated an updated WTO airgram WTO/AIR/4358 REV. 1 to its Members following a request by Ukraine. Ukraine requested the addition of an item on "Concerns with Respect to Measures Related to Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products and their Compatibility with the TRIPS Agreement." This will be discussed under agenda item 13.

What PhRMA Wants from TTIP

What PhRMA Wants from TTIP Oct 1, 2014
From the TTIP Stakeholder Forum.

KEI Notes & Comments at TTIP Seventh Round of Negotiations at Stakeholder Event

The 7th Round of the negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement began Monday September 29, 2014 in the United States. This round's paltry effort at transparency, the TTIP Stakeholder Engagement Day, was held at the suburban 4-H conference center in Chevy Chase, MD. Although the information packet for the event included public transport instructions, the location was difficult to access for any attendees without a car, and even then, parking was extremely limited.

Matrix of Export Possibilities under Gilead HCV Licence

KEI was asked to make a presentation on Hepatitis C, on September 30, 2014, at a lunch seminar at UNITAID. I am attaching a PDF of the slides I used, as well as an eight page memo that takes a look at the recent Gilead license. The memo on the license was last edited on September 30, 2014, and is presented as a draft that may be revised in the future.

WIPO General Assembly: Worst ever?

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Brazil asks delegates to embrace work on copyright exceptions

WIPO General Assembly 2014, 30 September 2014: Brazilian proposal on SCCR

During intense plenary discussions regarding WIPO's future work program on the protection of broadcasting organizations and copyright limitations and exceptions, Brazil made the following proposal to reproduce language from the General Assembly decision of 2013. Brazil proposed,

WIPO General Assembly 2014: Decision Paragraph on the Design Law Treaty-Decision punted till 2015

On 30 September 2014, the WIPO secretariat handed the following text relating to the "Consideration of the Convening of a Diplomatic Conference for the Adoption of a Design Law Treaty (DLT)."

Consideration of the Convening of a Diplomatic Conference for the Adoption of a Design Law Treaty (DLT)

Agenda item 14 Decision Paragraph

The WIPO General Assembly:

Will at its session in September 2015 decide on whether to convene a diplomatic conference for the adoption of a Design Law Treaty as soon as practicable."

WIPO General Assembly 2014: Draft decision on item 16 (IGC on genetic resources, traditional knowledge & folklore)

On 30 September 2014, the WIPO secretariat handed the following draft decision relating to the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC).

GA 2014

Draft decision on item 16

The WIPO General Assembly:

(1)) took note of the information contained in document WO/GA/46/6;

(2) took note of the statements made by delegations at the Forty-Sixth Session of the WIPO General Assembly in 2014; and

WIPO General Assembly 2014: No Decision Reached on the Work of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)

On Tuesday, 30 September 2014, the Secretariat handed out the following text:

Matters relating to the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) Agenda item 15 Decision Paragraph

The WIPO General Assembly

(i) took note of the information contained in document WO/GA/46/5; and

(ii) took note of the statements made by delegations at the 46th session of the WIPO General Assembly in 2014.

European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommends approval of Harvoni, Gilead's all oral HCV combination product

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is recommending approval of Harvoni, a combination of 9mg of ledipasvir (LDV) and 400mg of sofosbuvir (SOF), for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in adults. This is the "all oral" combination product, delivered in daily does of just 490 mg of API, for the "cure of patients with chronic HCV infection without the need for treatments involving interferons."

House Judiciary Committee hearing on trade secret legislation, and the revolving door

On September 17, the House Judiciary marked up H.R. 5233, “The Trade Secret Protection Act of 2014.” The bill would create a civil right on action in federal courts for misappropriation of trade secrets, as defined in the bill. [Link to hearing, bill and transcript of markup].

WIPO General Assembly 2014: KEI Statement on the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents

On Thursday, 25 September 2014, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) delivered this statement on agenda item 17(i), Reports on other WIPO Committees, (i) Standing on the Law of Patents (SCP).

WIPO General Assembly 2014

17. Reports on other WIPO Committees
(i) Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP);

Statement of Knowledge Ecology International

WIPO General Assembly 2014: South Africa Intervention on the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP)

On Thursday, 25 September 2014, South Africa delivered the following intervention on agenda item 17(i) on the Report of the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) at the Fifty-Fourth Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO.

South Africa Intervention on the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP)

WIPO General Assembly 2014: KEI statement on Matters Relating to the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)

On Wednesday, 24 September 2014, Knowledge Ecology International delivered this intervention on agenda item 15, Matters Relating to the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)

WIPO General Assembly 2014

15. Matters Relating to the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)

Statement of Knowledge Ecology International

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