Of possible interest

KEI requests that DHHS Inspector General investigate failure to disclose federal funding in Spinraza patents.

KEI objects to the U.S. Army grant of an exclusive license to Sanofi on U.S. Army-owned patents on a Zika Virus vaccine.

Research and testimony on transparency legislation.

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

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

Innovation inducement prizes 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.

Poll

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

Mexico’s proposed deletion of consumer rights in the IGWG Text

Tomorrow morning (Friday the 9th), the IGWG finally takes up Element 5, the intellectual property text. These are the deletions to the text being requested by Mexico.

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ELEMENT 3

This would include:
building innovative capacity in science and technology and traditional medicine/genetic resources, in agreement with the legislation existing in the Parties on this issues;
rational health-orientated intellectual property management. (Mexico suggest delete)

Former WIPO employee (now with PhRMA) moonlights as BIO bouncer

Richard Kjeldgaard, a former Senior Counsellor in the Biotechnology and Genetic Resources Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and now employed by the U.S. based Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) performed his role as “bouncer” admirably today at a luncheon organized by the Biotechnology Industry Organization.

Propuesta: Pools de Patentes para el Cancer

Boletín Fármacos has asked me to write a short summary of one of KEI’s projects. I chose to present a patent pool for medical technologies related to the prevention and treatment of cancer. Please find the article below. It is also available: http://www.boletinfarmacos.org/092007/ventana_abierta.asp

Notes on a panel discussion on IP and free trade with government and industry representatives

A Panel Discussion on Policy Approaches to Intellectual Property Enforcement and the Impact on Trade Agreements

Organized by the Property Rights Alliance, this event was hosted by the Intellectual Property Caucus and sponsored by Rep. Tom Feeney.

Date: 12:00-1:30pm October 4, 2007
Venue: Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC
Attendance: Congressional staff, industry representatives, other interested parties.

WIPO: Under Siege?

Walking around the marbled corridors of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) during its 43rd General Assembly, one cannot help but feel a palpable sense of an Organization under siege. Heightened security detail, ostensibly for the protection of the institution and the assembled delegates, was referred by one insider as justification for WIPO maintaining the current levels for patent filing fees.

WIPO General Assembly 2007 document: Brief note on allegations against the Organization and its Director General

The outgoing General Assembly Chair, Enrique Manalo (Ambassador, Philippines) commenced the 43th session of the WIPO General Assembly at 10:23 AM (Central European Time). Ambassador Manalo highlighted the success of Development Agenda negotiations as a hallmark of his tenure as Chair over the course of 2 years.

KEI Voices Support for NIH Publication Mandate

On July 19th, the House of Representatives passed an appropriations bill for the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education which contained the following language:

WHO guide on compulsory licensing and government use: Forthcoming?

On 23 October 2006, the WHO, as an intergovernmental organization with observer status at the WTO TRIPS Council, presented a seven page report on its technical cooperation activities with respect to “Trade, Intellectual Property Rights and Access to Medicines”.

The full document IP/C/W/478/Add.4 can be found on the WTO document database:
http://www.wto.org/english/docs_e/docs_e.htm

KEI Comments on the XM/Sirius Merger

Before the
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of:
Applications for Consent to the Transfer of Control of Licenses
XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., Transferor, to Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., Transferee
MB Docket No. 07-57

To: The Commission
Date: July 24, 2007
Re:  KEI Comments on the XM/Sirius Merger

Chile spearheads change at WIPO patent committee

In the wake of the recently concluded broadcasting negotiations at WIPO in June 2007 (Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights) where a proposed instrument for the protection of broadcasting organizations was put on cold storage but not terminated, a Chilean proposal on the examination of limitations and exceptions in the copyright area has come to the fore.

Kazakhstan Westinghouse coverage

Here are some recent news reports on the Westinghouse Kazakstan deal.

My recent blogs in the Huffington Post July 9, and July 13.

The July 7 AFP report on the July 7 Nikkei story is here:

The politics of group B and the WIPO Broadcasting treaty

While some of the news reports have focused on north/south disputes over limitations and exceptions to rights in the WIPO Broadcasting treaty, there is a also a growing divide between North America (US and Canada) on the one hand, and Europe and Japan, on the other, over the nature of the rights in the treaty. The EU position (followed by Japan), which is being pushed by the very non-neutral Finish chair, is for Rome+ rights, to reward investment, not creativity.

Comments on end of the SCCR meeting - (Treaty dipconf is not scheduled, and unlikely in near future)

Here are some additional observations, the day after the demise of the Jukka Liedes non-paper and the indefinite postponement of the diplomatic conference.

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