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NIH rejects March-In petition, also rejects proposed rules on pricing of and access to government funded inventions

In a decision dated November 1, 2013, and signed by NIH Director Francis Collins, the NIH has rejected the 2012 petition to the NIH to uses its powers under the Bayh-Dole Act to protect U.S. consumers from high prices and restrictive licensing of NIH funded inventions.

GE's Thaddeus Burns wrote to US Ambassador Betty King requesting US postpone Marrakesh Diplomatic Conference

Thaddeus Burns of GE spent months trying to derail the WIPO treaty for the blind negotiations

Trans-Atlantic Business Council's May 16, 2013 letter to Robert Hormats opposing Marrakesh treaty for the blind

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:

NIH March-In request, now more than year old

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:

NGOs, academics evaluate four USTR negotiators in TPP IPR negotiations

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.

Are Nike, IOC and European football leagues scoring new IPR at the WTO?

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).

15 frequently asked questions about the 2012-2013 ritonavir March-In petition

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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The Bayh-Dole Act (or University and Small Business Patent Procedures Act) was originally enacted in 1980 as Public Law 96-517, and was amended in 1984 by Public Law 98-620.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:

Evolving Patent Issues and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)

I. Scope of Patentability
II. Evergreening Patents
III. Patent Trolls
IV. Presumption of Validity
V. Injunctions
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 road

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?

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.

WTO TRIPS Council: Intervention of India on Intellectual Property and Sports

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

WTO TRIPS Council: Intervention of India on the Paragraph 6 mechanism

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

WTO TRIPS Council: Venezuelan intervention on intellectual property and sports

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

WTO TRIPS Council: Intervention of India on Article 66.2

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
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