- Obama Administration Recommends Senate Ratify Marrakesh Treaty for the Blind; Implementation Language Would Limit Exports
- WTO TRIPS Council (March 2016) to discuss Intellectual Property and Innovation: Education and Diffusion
- Obama asks the Senate to ratify the Marrakesh treaty for the blind
- USPTO White Paper Suggests Statutory Factors To Clarify Extent of Statutory Damages for Copyright Infringement
- NIH acknowledges KEI/UACT request to use royalty-free or march-in rights on Xtandi
- Feasibility study on a TDR pooled fund for R&D to be released on 20 February 2016
- SAVE THE DATE - 26 January 2016: Implications of the TPP and RCEP on Universal Health Coverage
- Xtandi 2016 March-In Request
- Knowledge Ecology International joins amicus brief on non-copyrightability of model laws and statutes
- 51 members of Congress have asked the NIH to use March-In rights to rein in high drug prices
This is the tentative witness list for the November 17, 2015 United States International Trade Commission (USITC) hearing on "Economic Impact of Trade Agreements Implemented Under Trade Authorities Procedure, 2016 Report. Inv. No.: 332-555"
The August 4, 2015 USITC notice about the hearing is here.
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan addressed civil society and policy-oriented “think tanks” on November 12, 2015, and “challenge[d]” them to “help with issues that keep me awake at night.” Specifically, she mentioned the problems with pharmaceutical patents, high drug prices as a barrier to access, and the current system of incentives for new drug innovation. Dr. Chan also raised concerns about the the TPP, which she said may raise drug prices and harm access to generics.
Nestled at the end Intellectual Property Watch's (IP-Watch) brilliant reportage of a US Chamber of Commerce event - "Has the Sun Set on Multilateral Rulemaking on IP?” - is a quote by Patrick Kilbride (Executive Director, U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global IP Center) praising the efforts of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in WTO negotiations on the LDC waiver for pharmaceutical products.
Joint NGO Statement on TRIPS Council Decision On Extension of the Transition Period Concerning Pharmaceutical ProductsSubmitted by James Love on 6. November 2015 - 7:40
JOINT NGO STATEMENT
TRIPS Council Decision On Extension of the Transition Period Concerning Pharmaceutical Products
(PDF copy available here)
Today (6th November), the WTO-TRIPS Council adopted a decision granting Least Developed Countries (LDCs) an exemption from patents and test data protection for pharmaceutical products for a duration of 17 years.
Updated. The TPP E-Commerce chapter has a provision banning requirements to transfer or provide access to software source code. This applies to "mass market software."
Article 14.17: Source Code
1. No Party shall require the transfer of, or access to, source code of software owned by a person of another Party, as a condition for the import, distribution, sale or use of such software, or of products containing such software, in its territory.
TPP on registration of drugs, bans requirements to disclose or consider certain financial or pricing data.Submitted by James Love on 5. November 2015 - 12:37
This is from one of the 26 chapters that was never leaked before.
CHAPTER 8 TECHNICAL BARRIERS TO TRADE, ANNEX 8-C: PHARMACEUTICALS, Annex 8-E: Medical Devices (Page 25)
ANNEX 8-C: PHARMACEUTICALS
7bis. Each Party shall make its determination on whether to grant marketing authorisation for a specific pharmaceutical product on the basis of:
Here is my presentation at the VII Seminary Internacional Sobre Sociedade Da Informacao E Propriedade intelectual organized by Professor Marcos Wachowicz, Universidade Do Parana and Professor Jose Augusto Fontoura Costa, Universidade De Sao Paulo. Participants --all experts in copyrights-- were from Spain, Portugal and Brazil and the discussions were lively and informative. Great copyright event in Curitiba, Brazil.
The negotiators have finally released, for the first time, TPP text, which is on the web here.
Despite assurances from the contrary by Australia and USTR, intellectual property is a covered asset subject to Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS):
Article 9.1: Definitions
For the purposes of this Chapter:
. . .
My presentation at IX CODAIP, Curitiba, Brazil, on Copyright norms in treaties & trade agreements - what possibly can go wrong?.
For Immediate Release
3 November 2015
Contact: Zack Struver, +1 (202) 332-2670 or email@example.com
Geneva — The World Trade Organization is poised to announce this Friday its approval of a limited 17-year extension of a 2001 waiver of obligations in the TRIPS Agreement, set to expire at the end of this year, the terms of which exempt Least Developed Countries (LDCs) from requirements to grant patents or related intellectual property rights on pharmaceutical products.
As candidates consider parallel trade in pharmaceutical drugs, a practice blocked by Obama during his presidency, here is how common it is in Europe, where it is regulated and mainstream, as reported in the EFPIA publication, the Pharmaceutical Industry in Figures. Key data, 2015.