Of possible interest

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

The US 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.

Now is a good time to donate money to KEI

KEI Timelines, on a variety of topics.


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

EU Trade Commissioner Backs LDC Request for TRIPS Exemption for Pharmaceuticals Until Graduation from LDC Status

In a comprehensive, 2000 word speech to the European Parliament's International Trade Committee (INTA) on Modernising Trade Policy - Effectiveness and Responsibility, European Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, cast a wide net in her speech covering in her words, 1) the "benefits of trade for all: our economy in general, consumers, entrepreneurs, SMEs and the poorest countries", 2) "trade policy's commitment to our values in the world, supporting our foreign policy, promoting the respect of human rights, soci

EU position paper (March 2015) on intellectual property flags priorities for TTIP


On 20 March 2015, the European Union published a position paper on intellectual property outlining its priorities for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). At the time of publication of this position paper, the EU noted that "the U.S. has not yet formally identified the areas of interest that it could consider as priorities."

KEI intervention: TTIP Stakeholder events Round 10, Brussels (15 July 2015)

10th TTIP Stakeholder Event, Round 10
SESSION 2 Issues related to intellectual property including Geographical Indications and public health

15 July 2015

Knowledge Ecology International

A Positive Agenda for TTIP

My presentation today will address creating a positive agenda for TTIP focusing on the following six themes

1. Cooperation in funding R&D as a public good
2. Promoting the transparency of drug development costs, revenues, and prices
3. Standards for putting government funded research data and articles into free public archives

KEI letter to HHS, regarding 3 issues in the TPP

Attached below is a letter KEI sent to Emily Bleimund, Senior Policy Advisor for International Trade for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and several other U.S. trade officials. The letter addresses three issues in the TPP text:

  1. There is a need for exceptions to exclusive rights in pharmaceutical and biologic drug test data.
  2. WTO standards for compulsory licenses should not be modified as part of a secret negotiation, or constrained by a 3-step test.

Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) - GRULAC proposal - Revision of 1979 WIPO Model Law for Developing Countries

The World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Twenty-Second session of the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) will be convened from 27 July 2015 to 31 July 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. For consideration of the Committee, the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC) have submitted a proposal entitled, Revision of 1979 WIPO Model Law for Developing Countries on Inventions (SCP/22/5).

July 2015: WTO reports on EU competition policy and copyright law - WTO Trade Policy Review - European Union

On 6 July 2015 and 8 July 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) conducted a trade policy review of the European Union. All members of the WTO are subject to review under the Trade Policy Review Mechanism (TPRM). As noted by the WTO secretariat, the "basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of the European Union" (Source: Trade Policy Review - European Union, July 2015).

The failed proposed recommendations SCCR/30

The SCCR failed to adopt these recommendations. The dipcom in 2017 recommendations in Item 6 was too strong, and the exceptions recommendations for items 7 and 8 were too weak.

Also Attached as pdf

Proposed Recommendations SCCR/30

Proposed Recommendation Agenda Item 6:

Summary by the Chair, of SCCR 30

Attached is the document the chair distributed as the summary of the week long SCCR 30 meeting.

SCCR 30: Resale right proposal on the table?

Today on the last day of the SCCR 30, under Agenda Item 9 “Other Matters” Congo-Brazzaville asked for the floor to propose that the WIPO Copyright and Related Right Committee start working on the Resale Right, a fundamental right for authors of graphic and plastic arts. This economical rights consists of a small percentage of the resale price that art market professionals pay to artists at each resale of their works be it in auction or in a gallery.


KEI intervention on education exceptions in SCCR 30

This was presented in the morning in the debate on education copyright exceptions.

Thank you, Mr. Chair.

KEI would like to comment on the proposals submitted by the African Group in relation to limitation on remedies for infringement contained in paragraph 22 on page 18 of the document. SCCR/26/4 PROV. DATE: APRIL 15, 2013


titled “Access to Educational Materials: Limitation on remedies for infringement.”

SCCR30: United States- Preservation - Copyright limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives

On Thursday, 2 July 2015, the United States of America presented the following intervention on preservation in the context of copyright limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives. The following statement was captured by the WIPO streamtext.

UNITED STATES: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States is pleased to participate in the discussion of preservation, a very important topic for libraries and archives.

KEI intervention on preservation exceptions at WIPO SCCR 30

This was the KEI intervention at SCCR 30 on the topic of preservation exceptions for libraries and archives.

Preservation is obviously important for everyone, and archiving in general is both a local benefit and to some degree, a global public good.

We want works preserved, and copyright and trade negotiators to sort out the issues regarding access, which will often be context specific.

Every country's copyright laws should have as a minimum an exception for preservation.

Chairman's non-paper on copyright exceptions for libraries, archives

This is the document being discussed Thursday at #sccr30

Thanks to John E. Miller for the OCR version.

SCCR30 (Day 4): Discussion heats up on discussions on copyright limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives

During WIPO's discussions of copyright limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives at the 30th session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR30, the Chair (Martin Moscoso) presented a non-paper, intended to guide discussions.

Iran’s Statement on the limitations and exceptions at WIPO SCCR 30

This is the prepared statement that Iran read on Wed, which was widely praised by access to known advocates.

Iran’s Statement on the limitations and exceptions
1 July 2015

Mr. Chairman,

The right to science, knowledge and culture is recognized in various basic human rights instruments, such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

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