- Public Citizen, National Physicians Alliance, Other Civil Society Groups Write Letters in Support of California AB 463
- KEI Notes on California Assembly Health Committee Markup on AB 463 Pharmaceutical Cost Transparency Act of 2015
- KEI Seminars on Drug Pricing: 30 April 2015, Prof. Paul Grootendorst on the Canadian approach to drug pricing
- OCR version of leaked EU document on : "A digital single market strategy for Europe"
- WIPO CDIP 15: Statement of Brazil on evaluation of the Project on Open Collaborative Projects and IP-Based Models
- The CA State Assembly Health Committee staff analysis of AB463; includes who supports and opposes
- KEI statement to WHO 20th Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines
- State of California considers AB463, a bill to require disclosure of drug development costs, and more economic data
- Sony complains fundraiser: "smells a little bit like a Disney play regarding corp. tax reform"
- Sony referred to "WIPO treaty for blind as "stalking horse" to "denigrate the rights of copyright owners"
On Sunday January 25, 2015, the WHO Executive Board unanimously approved the resolution, "Ebola: Ending the current outbreak, strengthening global preparedness, and ensuring WHO capacity to prepare for and respond to future large-scale outbreaks and emergencies with health consequences." Though unanimous in the end, negotiations for the resolution took 4 days, the Friday session lasting until 5:45am on Saturday morning.
WTO TRIPS Council (October 2014): Bangladesh statement (on behalf of LDCs)- Extension of the 2016 transition periodSubmitted by thiru on 13. January 2015 - 8:16
At the WTO TRIPS Council in October 2014, Bangladesh, on behalf of the LDC Group, delivered the following intervention on "Extension of the Transition Period Under Article 66.1 of the TRIPS Agreement for Least-Developed Country Members for Certain Obligations with Respect to Pharmaceutical Products." The current transition period incorporate two WTO decisions, TRIPS Council decision, IP/C/25 (Extension of the Transition Period under Article 66.1 of the TRIPS Agreement for Least-Developed Country Members for Certain Obligat
In May 2014, the World Health Organization's member countries passed decision 67(15) instructing WHO Director-General Margaret Chan to explore, with TDR, the possibility of hosting a pooled funding mechanism for R&D.
EB136: WHO Evaluation of the global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual propertySubmitted by thiru on 18. December 2014 - 12:17
The World Health Organization (WHO) convenes its 136th Executive Board in Geneva from 26 January 2015 to 3 February 2015. Among the topics up for discussion at EB136 is the proposed evaluation of WHO"s global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property (document EB136/31). The mandate for this overall program review of the global strategy and plan of action emanates from WHA62.16, paragraph 6, which requests the WHO
On Friday, 12 December 2014, Martin Moscoso, the Chair of the 29th session of WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR29) released his Summary By the Chair (attached below) which contained language on the 1) protection of broadcasting organizations, 2) limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives and 3) limitations and exceptions for educational and research institutions and for person with other disabilities.
The SCCR is on its last session. The Chair has provided us with a Summary. Attached is the Item 5 or Protection of Broadcasting Organizations. More work needs to be done. Obviously.
The Chair asked for specific and brief NGOs comments on limitations and exceptions regarding education. KEI focused on the US example (110 and fair use) and the language proposed in the African group document regarding classroom use:
SCCR 29: Limitations and exceptions for educational and research institutions and for persons with other disabilitiesSubmitted by Manon Ress on 12. December 2014 - 6:22
The last item on the SCCR 29 agenda is Item 7: Limitations and exceptions for educational and research institutions and for persons with other disabilities.
SCCR 29 Negotiations on Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries and Archives (US, Greece, Kenya, Brazil)Submitted by Manon Ress on 12. December 2014 - 4:29
This morning on the last day of the WIPO SCCR 29, we are listening to the opening statements regarding the work on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives. The positive buzz of yesterday's animated Q & A with Dr. Crews is replaced by the re-stating of well-known positions on the topic.
SCCR29: Opening statement of the Asia and the Pacific Group on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archivesSubmitted by thiru on 12. December 2014 - 2:23
On Thursday afternoon, 11 December 2014, Bangladesh delivered the following powerful intervention on behalf of the Asia and the Pacific Group on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives. This group includes nations such as Bangladesh, Iran, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. The Asia and Pacific Group stressed that copyright limitations and exceptions were assured to developing countries and LDCs to ensure a more balanced and efficient international copyright system anchored in Article 7 of the WTO TRIPS Agreement,
SCCR29 December 11, 2014 Plenary regarding limitations and exceptions for Libraries and Archives
SEPTA class action suit on excessive pricing of Sovaldi, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PennsylvaniaSubmitted by James Love on 11. December 2014 - 10:03
While the many publishers representatives took the floor to explain that there are truly no problems with limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives (and anyway according to them if there are problems that can be solved with licenses), libraries & archives as well as public interest groups make their case: the committee must continue its work on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives and find solutions.. Here are excerpts from some of the interventions:
Following Professor Crews' presentation of his updated report on limitations and exceptions (L&E) for libraries and archives, today more member states, IGOs and NGOs engaged again in an interesting Q&A. After years in this committee, I have rarely witnessed such enthusiasm and interest among all the SCCR participants about a report.
The SCCR 29 went again into informals this morning and NGOs can listen but not report on what is going on. As per the agenda, the broadcasting treaty is still the topic of discussion. While the US delegation was supporting making the charts describing the definitions, concepts and rights being discussed available to the public, there were other delegations (TBD) against it and the charts are thus still "secret".
We are reconvening into plenary after the coffee break.