Trans-Atlantic Business Council's May 16, 2013 letter to Robert Hormats opposing Marrakesh treaty for the blindSubmitted by James Love on 28. October 2013 - 16:29
|The letter opposing the treaty for the blind was signed by TABC Director General Tim Bennett|
We just ran across this mean spirited letter by the Trans-Atlantic Business Council (TABC), a group that describes itself as follows:
The October 25, 2012 NIH March-In Request for ritonavir is now more than one year old, and the NIH has not decided to grant a hearing or reject the petition.
More information about the March-In request is available here:
(revised October 25, 2013)
KEI has asked 21 persons following the TPP IPR negotiations, what they thought of four of the USTR negotiators, including:
- Ambassador and USTR head Michael Froman,
- TPP Chief negotiator Barbara Weisel
- Assistant USTR for Intellectual Property and Innovation Stanford McCoy, and
- Deputy Assistant USTR for Intellectual Property and Innovation Probir Mehta.
At the request of the European Union, Jamaica, Mexico and the United States of America, the topic of "Intellectual Property and Sports" was placed for discussion at the World Trade Organization's (WTO) October 2013 session of the Council for TRIPS (TRIPS Council).
See also: http://keionline.org/2012ritonavir
15 frequently asked questions about the 2012 ritonavir March-In petition
Q1. What is the Bayh-Dole Act?
The Bayh-Dole Act (or University and Small Business Patent Procedures Act) was originally enacted in 1980 as Public Law 96-517, and was amended in 1984 by Public Law 98-620. Among other things, the Bayh-Dole Act was designed to facilitate the patenting of U.S. government funded inventions by universities, other non-profit entities and businesses, and also:
I. Scope of Patentability
II. Evergreening Patents
III. Patent Trolls
IV. Presumption of Validity
VI. Exclusive Rights Over Test Data
VII. Patent Linkage
VIII. Delinkage/Positive Agenda
The Commerce Department Green Paper on digital copyright is soft on action, kicks cans down the roadSubmitted by Manon Ress on 11. October 2013 - 14:00
In July 2013, the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force published its awaited Green Paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy. It is over 100 pages long and 540 footnotes and a good read for anyone interested in copyright and the online environment.
The IPR chapter of the 1998 US/EU treaty on scientific and technological cooperation. Time for an update?Submitted by James Love on 11. October 2013 - 11:13
In 1998 a treaty on R&D went into force between the United States and the European Communities. The "Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community and the Government of the United States of America - Intellectual property" sets out a list of cooperative activities in Article 4, and provides an appendix addressing the intellectual property rights that come from those collaborations.
During the October 2013 WTO TRIPS Council, India delivered the following intervention on Intellectual Property and Sports. The European Union, Jamaica, Mexico and the United States had requested this agenda item placed for discussion.
Intervention on IP and Sports
On 10 October 2013, India delivered the following intervention at the WTO TRIPS Council's annual review of the paragraph 6 system.
Para 6 Mechanism
At the October 2013 WTO TRIPS Council, Venezuela delivered the following intervention on intellectual property and sports noting that the WTO should not duplicate WIPO negotiations on a possible treaty for the protection on broadcasting organizations.
Punto 13: Propiedad Intelectual y Deportes
Gracias señor Presidente
On Thursday, 10 October 2013, India delivered this intervention on Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement mandates developed country members of the WTO to "provide incentives to enterprises and institutions in their territories for the purpose of promoting and encouraging technology transfer to least-developed country Members in order to enable them to create a sound and viable technological base."
Intervention on Art 66.2
USPTO has confirmed that on October 2, 2013, the United States has signed the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. The U.S. signing, which was not accompanied by a press release, took place on the last day of the WIPO General Assembly, and one day after the United States government began to shut down non-essential operations as a consequence of disputes over the Affordable Care Act.
Congress asked to hold hearings on NIH failure to address abuses of government financed medical inventionsSubmitted by James Love on 8. October 2013 - 8:24
We sent this letter to the Hill today.
October 8, 2013
Dear Senators Reid and McConnell, Representatives Boehner and Pelosi,
We are writing to ask that Congress hold a hearing on the failure of the NIH to exercise its authority to protect the public from abuses in federally funded inventions.
Since the passage of the BayhDole Act in 1980, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has never granted a petition to "march in" to permit third parties to use patents invented on federally funded research in response to abuses of the patent rights.