Of possible interest

Recent blogs about the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) meetings are available at http://keionline.org/wipo.

The UN Secretary General High Level Panel on Access to Medicine. KEI submissions.

Request to NIH and Army to use government royalty free or march-in rights in the prostate cancer drug Xtandi.

Proposal for a WTO Agreement on the Supply of Public Goods.

Prices and patents on drugs, vaccines and diagnosis of hepatitis.

Innovation inducement prizes, possibly as an alternative to IPR monopolies to reward successful innovation.

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KEI Timelines, on a variety of topics.

Poll

Governments can ration access to cancer drugs, or break patent monopolies. Why is rationing so popular?:

KEI December 2, 2016 meeting on the delinkage of R&D costs from drug prices

KEI is holding a December 2, 2016 meeting on the delinkage of R&D costs from drug prices.

The venue will be US Senate Hearing Room SD-106, Dirksen Office Building. The meeting will take place from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

A copy of the agenda is available here.

For more information about delinkage, see: http://delinkage.org.

To register for the event, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/AbP2npqLRLYneLjk1.

PCB39: Eight hour drafting session charts future course for UNAIDS work program on Intellectual Property and the UN HLP

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) held the 39th Meeting of its Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) from 6-8 December 2016 in Geneva Switzerland. In his opening speech on Tuesday, 6 December 2016, Michel Sidibé (Executive Director, UNAIDS) paid tribute to the life of Australian national Katie Kirk - who passed away on 20 October 2016 while on mission in Indonesia.

In his speech, Sidibé noted:

PCB39: Statement of Knowledge Ecology International on Agenda item 6: UNAIDS synthesis report on IP

On Wednesday, 7 December 2016 Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) delivered the following statement at the 39th session of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) during discussions of agenda item 6 entitled, "Synthesis report of existing research and literature on intellectual property-related and other factors impacting the availability, affordability, and accessibility of treatment and diagnostics for HIV and co-infections in low and middle-income countries."

KEI statement to UNAIDS - PCB 39 - 7 December 2016

Thank you Chair.

UNAIDS PCB 39: Statement of India on the Executive Director's Report to the 39th PCB

On Tuesday, 6 December 2016, the delegation of India delivered the following intervention at the 39th UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) Meeting.

India declared that she had "recently crossed the milestone of treating 1 million HIV patients with free Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART)."

I will first briefly share efforts made by India to implement the Fast track Strategy. A number of major policy decisions have been taken recently towards achieving the 90-90-90 targets.

EB140: World Health Organization publishes annotated agenda for January 2017 Executive Board

On 21 November 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the annotated agenda for the 140th session of its Executive Board (EB) which will take place from 23 January 2017 to 1 February 2017. In the words of the WHO Secretariat,

The Executive Board is composed of 34 members technically qualified in the field of health. Members are elected for 3-year terms.

SCCR33: Conclusions - Protection of Broadcasting Organizations

On Friday, 18 November 2016, WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) reconvened in plenary at 8:45 PM to review the Summary of the Chair. The time stamp of the draft document is 8:00 PM.

The following conclusions relate to the Committee's work on a proposed treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations.

SCCR33: Conclusions - Artist Resale Right (droit de suite)

On Friday, 18 November 2016, WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights reconvened in plenary at 8:45 PM to review the Summary of the Chair. The time stamp of the draft document is 8:00 PM.

The following paragraph relates to the SCCR's deliberations on the proposal submitted by Senegal and Congo on the Resale Right (droit de suite). The Committee agreed to the convening of a conference prior to SCCR34 (1-5 May 2017) on the legal and economic perspectives of droit de suite, including its potential effects on art markets.

SCCR33: Conclusions - Proposal for Analysis of Copyright Related to the Digital Environment

On Friday, 18 November 2016, WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) reconvened in plenary at 8:45 PM to review the Summary of the Chair. The time stamp of the draft document is 8:00 PM.

SCCR 33, KEI's intervention on legal protection for technological protection measures

This was our intervention at SCCR 33 on the topics of exceptions to the legal protection for technological protection measures.

TPMs are an legitimate and important measure to protect certain works, data and technologies from unauthorized uses.

The issues raised by libraries and archives concern the legal protection that one gives the technological protection.

SCCR33 - Statement by the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) - Limitations on liability for libraries and archives

On Thursday afternoon, 17 November 2016, WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) addressed the topic of limitations on liability for libraries and archives. Chile, on behalf of the Latin Americas and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) provided a poignant example of how limitations on liability for libraries and archives enabled the provision of an accurate account and attribution of the role played by the Brazilian diplomat, Bertha Lutz, and other Latin American delegates in ensuring gender equity in the UN Charter of 1945.

SCCR 33: NGOs Statements on Casting treaty in Plenary November 16, 2016

NGOs Statements on Casting treaty in Plenary November 16, 2016

The representatives from broadcasting organizations association might be over-reaching again and are asking for copyright like rights, right to prohibit and authorize, re-transmission on the internet, post fixation rights, up to 50 year terms....the NGOs had strong words, warning of unintended consequences for copyright owners, journalists and the larger public and user of the internet.

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SCCR 33: Notes from KEI NGO statement on WIPO broadcast treaty negotiations, November 16, 2016

Today, after two and a half days of negotiations, mostly off the record in informals, NGOs were given a few minutes to make statements on the broadcasters treaty. We were asked to keep things short, and focus on discussions this week. These are the notes from our intervention.

Notes from KEI NGO statement on Broadcast treaty
November 16, 2016

Right to prohibit

9 November 2016 - WTO TRIPS Council - Holy See's statement on the Report of the UN High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines

On Wednesday, 9 November 2016, H.E. Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, (Holy See) delivered the following statement at the World Trade Organization's (WTO) TRIPS Council's discussions of the United Nations Secretary-General's High Level Panel Report on Access to Medicines

Statement by H.E. Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic , Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Council, Geneva, 9 November 2016

Mr. President,

SCCR 33 November 15, 2016 Informals

November 15, 2016 SCCR 33

The SCCR 33 morning session was not held in plenary but in an "informal"setting meaning a limited number of delegates could be in the negotiating room. NGOs and some delegates can hear the negotiations and read the document under discussion but we cannot report on it. The informals continues in the afternoon. I believe it is fair to say it is still about agenda item 5 Protection of broadcasting organizations.

Hopefully, when the "conclusions" are presented in plenary, we will be able to report on the progress if any of the negotiations.

SCCR 33 Chair's Proposal for Casting treaty on definitions, object of protection and rights

Here is the Chair's revised consolidated text followed by his review of the text today:

Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights
Thirty-third Session
Geneva, November 14 to 18, 2016
REVISED CONSOLIDATED TEXT ON DEFINITIONS, OBJECT OF PROTECTION, AND RIGHTS TO BE GRANTED
prepared by the Chair
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