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

Eleven of the 28 House democrats supporting Fast Track write USTR about Medicine IPR issues

Attached is a letter from eleven of the 28 House Democrats that supported the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) Fast Track legislation, on the topic of intellectual property rights and medicine. The letter, which is moderate and cautious in substance, but overall helpful given where negotiations stand, closes by telling Ambassador Froman that "As members who support trade done right, we strongly believe that TPP must not inhibit access to lifesaving medicines."

WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents: What's on the agenda?

The World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Twenty-Second session of the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) is taking place from 27 July 2015 to 31 July 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. The prior session of the Committee (November 2014) ended in deadlock. Ultimately, patents and health proved to be the deciding factor.

Sanders offers amendment to create compulsory licenses on medical inventions, for veterans

On Wednesday, July 22, 2015, the Senate Veterans Committee held a mark-up to consider several bills. During the mark-up, Senator Sanders offered an amendment, attached below, that would create a compulsory license mechanism in the Department of Veterans Affairs, for patents on medical inventions. (See amendment text below). The motivation for the amendment was a crisis in the VA involving access to drugs for the hepatitis C virus (HCV).

KEI letter to Register of Copyrights, USPTO and OSTP on copyright issues in TPP

On the topic of the TPP and copyright, KEI has sent a letter to Maria Pallante, the Register of Copyrights, Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs for USPTO, and Nancy Weiss, Senior Advisor to the Chief Technology Officer, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Executive Office of the President.

KEI asked these agencies to address certain issues in the TPP intellectual property chapter that relate to access to copyright issues, with a focus on orphan works, and uses by governments.

Mylan criticisms of the TPP provisions as regards generic medicines, warns USTR on "lazy drafting"

Attached are two documents from Mylan regarding their concerns about the TPP. The first is an April 13, 2015 10 page letter from Heather Bresch, the CEO of Mylan, to USTR head Michael Froman. (Copy here). The second is a table of inconsistencies between the TPP and US law (Copy here).

Ruth Lopert to give talk on TPP and drug pricing, July 23, 2015, at 11AM

Ruth LopertOn Thursday, 23 July 2015, at 11AM Eastern Time (Washington, DC), KEI will host a seminar on drug pricing featuring Dr. Ruth Lopert, the Deputy Director of Pharmaceutical Policy and Strategy at the Center for Pharmaceutical Management, at Management Sciences for Health (MSH).

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.

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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.

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