- KEI statement: 21st meeting of the WHO Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines
- Dr. Elias Zerhouni defends Sanofi/Army proposed license on Zika patents, and KEI responds
- Maryland House of Delegates passes bill on prescription drug price gouging by vote of 137 to 4
- Leaked document: March 15, 2017 Note by Switzerland on India EFTA TEPA IP Chapter
- Patients, Members of Congress Ask Chilean Government to Issue Compulsory Licenses on Prostate Cancer and HCV Drug Patents
- Leaked: Three documents from RCEP negotiations
- 14 March 2017 - Senate Finance Committee grills Robert Lighthizer (USTR nominee) on trade and IPR policies
- KEI Testifies in Maryland on Drug R&D Cost Transparency Bill (HB666/SB437)
- HHS Office of Inspector General Declines to Investigate Failure to Disclose Federal Funding in Ionis Pharmaceuticals' Spinraza
- KEI 10 March 2017 Comments on Army Exclusive License on Zika Virus Vaccine Patents to Sanofi
Today, KEI submitted written testimony on SB 793 — a bill that is designed to allow the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services to investigate price increases for prescription drugs — in advance of a hearing before the Oregon Senate Committee on Health Care at 1:00 P.M. (PST) on March 9, 2017.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will hold the first Special 301 Hearing of the Trump administration. This year, USTR received 63 submissions in advance fo the hearing from governments, civil society organizations, and industry groups.
This blog post pulls out interesting selections from the various submissions, and includes as attachments the submissions of selected organizations.
On 8 March 2017, the Human Rights Council will convene a three hour Access to Medicines panel which will take place from 3 PM to 6 PM in Room XX of the Palais des Nations in Geneva. This panel is mandated by resolution 32/15 which passed at 32nd session of the Human Rights Council (June/July 2016). The resolution directed the Human Rights Council to convene an access to medicines panel at its 34th session in March 2017.
At the March 2017 session of the WTO TRIPS Council, Brazil delivered the following statement on copyright and e-commerce.
Copyright and e-commerce
Statement from Brazil
On 1 March 2017, India delivered the following intervention on Non-Violation and Situation Complaints at the WTO TRIPS Council.
Agenda Item 8. Non-Violation and Situation Complaints
Mr.Chairman, my delegation would like to thank the delegation of Kyrgyz Republic for joining as co-sponsor of document W385 Rev.1.
1 March 2017 - WTO TRIPS Council - India's intervention on the Report of the UN High-Level Panel on Access to MedicinesSubmitted by thiru on 3. March 2017 - 0:57
On 1 March 2017, India delivered the following statement during WTO TRIPS Council discussions on the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel Report on Access to Medicines.
Agenda item 12: the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel Report on Access to Medicines
Thank you Chairman.
At the outset, I would like to thank delegations of Brazil, China and South Africa who are also co-sponsors of this agenda item.
1 March 2017 - WTO TRIPS Council - Brazil's intervention on the Report of the UN High-Level Panel on Access to MedicinesSubmitted by thiru on 3. March 2017 - 0:25
On 1 March 2017, Brazil delivered the following statement during WTO TRIPS Council discussions on the Report of the United Nations High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines.
High Level Panel
As we all know, on 19 November 2015, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced the creation of the High-Level Panel on Innovation and Access to Health Technologies. Responding to this invitation, two chairs were designated to the panel, namely, Ms. Ruth Dreifuss, from Switzerland, and Festus Mogae, from Botswana.
Today I attended a work session of the Maryland House of Delegates subcommittee on Health Facilitates and Pharmaceuticals of the Health and Government Operations Committee. I was there to testify in support of HB 666, a bill titled: Public Health – Expensive Drugs – Manufacturer Reporting and Drug Price Transparency Advisory Committee. (PDF version here).
Ambassador Shameem Ahsan (Bangladesh) remarks on UN HLP - Opportunities to Advance Health Technology and AccessSubmitted by thiru on 2. March 2017 - 2:40
On 1 March 2017, Bangladesh, Brazil, India and South Africa, the Secretariat of the United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines and the South Centre convened a side event at the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the United Nations Secretary-General's High Level Panel on Access to Medicines: Opportunities to Advance Health Technology and Access. This event took place on the margins of the WTO TRIPS Council.
CDC FOIA shows US, WHO opposed request to discuss UNSG's High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines Report at EBSubmitted by Zack Struver on 28. February 2017 - 12:54
Email records and memoranda released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in response to a Knowledge Ecology International Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show that representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States government opposed including India's proposed agenda item on the United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines for discussion at the 140th WHO Executive Board meeting.
The full set of documents, which was released to KEI without redaction, are available here:
MEP Lola Sánchez questions the European Commission: EU's position on the UN High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines at WIPOSubmitted by thiru on 22. February 2017 - 5:34
On 2 February 2017, MEP Lola Sánchez Caldentey (Podemos, Spain) tabled a series of written questions to the European Commission on the positions taken by the European Union at the World Intellectual Property Organization on 14 December 2016 in relation to the United Nations High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines (UN HLP)
In December 2016, Brazil submitted a proposal to the World Trade Organization entitled, ELECTRONIC COMMERCE AND COPYRIGHT (JOB/GC/113, JOB/IP/19), intended for circulation at the WTO's General Council and the TRIPS Council. This paper will be discussed at the next session of the TRIPS Council under agenda item 13, "Work Programme on Electronic Commerce" (1-2 March 2017).
February 15, 2017, the USPTO ruled that 12 genome-editing CRISPR-Cas9 patents and one patent application assigned to the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT did not interfere with a patent application from scientists at the University of California. A copy of the ruling is available here.
Following the ruling by the USPTO that the Broad Institute and the University of California both issued statements, as did several firms with an interest in the dispute.
On February 9, 2017, KEI filed written comments to the Office of the United States Trade Representative's Special 301 Review process.
The Special 301 Review is an annual process carried out by the USTR to, "to identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection."
WTO Trade Policy Review: Members question the United States on compulsory licensing, Bayh-Dole, UNHLP & Section 337Submitted by thiru on 7. February 2017 - 6:07
In December 2016, during the twilight of President Barack Obama's 44th presidency, the World Trade Organization (WTO) conducted a Trade Policy Review (TPR) of the United States of America. All members of the WTO are subject to review under the Trade Policy Review Mechanism (TPRM). The TPRM takes place in the "Trade Policy Review Body which is actually the WTO General Council — comprising the WTO’s full membership — operating under special rules and procedures" (Source: WTO, Trade Policy Reviews: Brief Introduction).