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- What PhRMA Wants from TTIP
- KEI Notes & Comments at TTIP Seventh Round of Negotiations at Stakeholder Event
- Matrix of Export Possibilities under Gilead HCV Licence
- WIPO General Assembly: Worst ever?
- WIPO General Assembly 2014, 30 September 2014: Brazilian proposal on SCCR
- WIPO General Assembly 2014: Decision Paragraph on the Design Law Treaty-Decision punted till 2015
- WIPO General Assembly 2014: Draft decision on item 16 (IGC on genetic resources, traditional knowledge & folklore)
- WIPO General Assembly 2014: No Decision Reached on the Work of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)
In "Compulsory License as a Remedy for Trade Secret Misappropriation, Dennis Crouch writes* about a July 1, 2014 decision in Sabatino Bianco, M.D. v. Globus Medical, 2:12-cv-00147 (E.D. Tex 2014). The decision by Judge Bryson, a U.S. Circuit Judge in the Eastern District of Texas, concerns trade secrets which:
"consisted of ideas for the design of a medical device known as an adjustable intervertebral spacer or implant. Intervertebral spacers are used in spinal surgery to replace damaged discs in patients’ spines."
Senators Wyden and Grassley launch investigation of pricing of Sovaldi, treatment for Hepatitis C VirusSubmitted by James Love on 11. July 2014 - 10:42
Senators Wyden and Grassley have written a very tough request for documents about the pricing of Sovaldi, sent to John C. Martin, the Chair and CEO of Gilead Sciences.
The eight page letter sets out in 21 number paragraphs and countless sub-paragraphs a set requests for documents and information related to a very sweeping number of issues relating to Hepatitis C, and the pricing of Sovaldi (Gilead's brand name for sofosbuvir).
The Grassley press release on the letter is here:
28 October 2014: WTO Innovation Fair on the margins of WTO TRIPS Council review of the Paragraph 6 systemSubmitted by thiru on 11. July 2014 - 8:56
On 28 October 2014, the World Trade Organization (WTO) will host the inaugural WTO Innovation Fair which will "feature a diverse array of creators and inventors including individuals and organizations from around the globe and will serve as a platform for exchange of information, introduction of new technologies and advancing the understanding of the innovation lifecycle – from research and development, to financing and commercialization." (Source: Website of the Permanent Mission
IGC28: African Group Statement on Convening a Diplomatic Conference for the Protection of Genetic Resources, TK and folkloreSubmitted by thiru on 10. July 2014 - 3:24
On 9 July 2014, Kenya, on behalf of the African Group, delivered the following closing statement articulating its view that substantial progress had been made in text-based negotiations on genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore for the WIPO General Assembly in September 2014 to take a decision to convene a Diplomatic Conference in November 2015.
Friend of the Chair's text- Proposed IGC Work Plan for 2014-2015: The Road Ahead for Genetic Resources, TK and Folklore?Submitted by thiru on 9. July 2014 - 4:29
*The author thanks KEI intern (Anelise Rosa) for her comprehensive notes on the IGC deliberations.
The WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC/GRTKF) is meeting from 7 July 2014 to 9 July 2014. Pursuant to the mandate of the WIPO General Assembly decision in 2013, the Committee is pursuing text-based negotiations with the objective of reaching an agreement on a text(s) of an international legal instrument(s) which will ensure the effective protection of genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions.
Proposed Draft Conclusions regarding the Broadcasting Treaty and L&E for libraries and Archives.
At 10pm, le SCCR 28 reconvened in plenary to present the conclusions of the committee. Kenya, Brazil and India are diplomatically pushing back on nuances such as differences between "meaningful progress" or "meaningful discussions" regarding the proposed treaty for broadcasters. However, it is difficult to deny that a diplomatic conference is around the corner.
Discussions regarding exceptions for Libraries & Archives (and maybe Conclusions?) on last day of the SCCR 28Submitted by Manon Ress on 4. July 2014 - 5:43
Day 5 of the SCCR 28, July 4, 291410Am to 1:15PM
These are the notes from my statement on behalf of KEI on July 3, 2014, during the WIPO SCCR 28 discussions of principles and objectives for library copyright exceptions. The WIPO discussions on July 3 focused on the four topics in the US paper, SCCR/26/8.
I will start with comments on the statements made by the Federation of Independent Journalists, which were critical of library copyright exceptions, and authors who don't make a living directly from royalties.
All authors have used libraries. Some authors still use libraries.
This was read today at SCCR 28, by Anelise Rose, who works with KEI, on behalf of TACD.
TACD Intervention on US paper SCCR/26/8,
On the first topic, the ADOPTION OF NATIONAL EXCEPTIONS,
SCCR 28 July 3, 2014 day 4 Plenary. 10am to 1pm
After 3 days of discussions on the broadcasters' needs and wants, today, the Committee started to discuss "objective & principles" for exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives with a presentation by the delegation of the United States.
The first topic was national exceptions followed by research and human development (next blog). This afternoon the 3rd point will be exceptions and limitations in a digital environment.
SCCR28: Chile's response to US paper on objectives/principles for copyright L&Es for libraries & archives: National exceptionsSubmitted by thiru on 3. July 2014 - 4:38
3 July 2014
On day four of WIPO SCCR28, Chile delivered the following nuanced response to the discussion of "Adoption of National Exceptions" in the US paper on Objectives and Principles for Exceptions and Limitations for Libraries and Archives.
2 July 2014
On day 3 of WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR28), Chile delivered the following opening statement on copyright exceptions and limitations
Sr Presidente, nos alegra verlo presidir este comité y agradecemos a la secretaría por la labor realizada para llevar a cabo esta reunión.
2 July 2014
On day 3 of WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR28), the United States of America delivered the following opening statement on copyright exceptions and limitations.
28TH MEETING OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON COPYRIGHT AND RELATED RIGHTS, JULY 2, 2014
U.S. OPENING STATEMENT ON EXCEPTIONS AND LIMITATIONS (AS DELIVERED)