Hot Topics in the Intellectual Property Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP): How Will Things Shake Out?Submitted by Krista Cox on 3. September 2013 - 12:12
More than two-and-a-half years ago, the United States tabled their text for the intellectual property chapter at the Fifth Round of negotiations which took place in February 2011 in Santiago, Chile. In March 2011, that text was leaked and contained many aggressive proposals as well as some placeholder text for pharmaceuticals in other areas.
Survey: 7 out of 8 persons say US residents should not pay more than other high income countries for NIH funded drugsSubmitted by Claire Cassedy on 27. August 2013 - 15:17
Seven out of eight persons want the NIH to use its rights in federally funded patents to prevent U.S. consumers from paying more than other high income countries, according to a survey of 170 randomly selected U.S. residents. The survey was conducted August 26 to August 28, 2013, and involved two questions regarding NIH funded drug development.
On Wednesday, 27 August, the 19th round of TPP negotiations held its "stakeholder engagement" day.
Chief's briefing changed to "dialogue"
On August 23, 2013, the TPP Ministerial meeting concluded with a press briefing. Stakeholders were not allowed to attend, but according to media sources, the briefing lasted only 20 minutes and reportedly the ministers only took a handful of questions before ending the briefing. Apparently, Ambassador Froman confirmed that the October 2013 deadline was not possible, but that countries were now looking for "milestones" by October with the hope of concluding the agreement by the end of the year.
Updates from the 19th Round of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Negotiations in Bandar Seri Begawan, BruneiSubmitted by Krista Cox on 22. August 2013 - 21:14
The 19th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) began this week in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. Although this round just started yesterday, it is evident that there are many differences between this round and previous rounds.
Today the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced KEI Director James Love as one of four distinguished winners of the 2013 Pioneer Awards. The annual award recognizes the leaders who are extending freedom and innovation on the electronic frontier. In addition to Love, this year's fellow honorees are Aaron Swartz, the late digital rights activist, and Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, the journalists that broke the Edward Snowden/NSA stories.
On Saturday, August 3, 2013, USTR head Ambassador Michael B. G. Froman wrote to the Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), to "disapprove the USITC's determination to issue an exclusion order and cease and desist order" for Apple Inc. "smart phones and tablet computers that infringe a U.S. patent owned by Samsung Electronics," in the ITC Investigation No. 337-TA-794.
Media coverage of the Marrakesh Treaty for the Blind negotiations
22 June 2013, The Washington Post, Filmmakers’ group tries to reshape treaty that would benefit the blind
24 June 2013, The Guardian, US film industry tries to weaken copyright treaty for blind people
"IP as a power tool for development" is back for a Nov. 2013 conference organized by South Africa's Companies and IP CommissionSubmitted by thiru on 2. August 2013 - 9:00
During Kamil Idris's tenure at the helm of the World Intellectual Property Organization, a hackneyed mantra of the organization was "Intellectual property: a power tool for economic growth".
Quick look at the Green Paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital EconomySubmitted by Manon Ress on 1. August 2013 - 12:31
On the last week of July 2013, the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force released a green paper on copyright.
WTO teams up with South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry, WHO and WIPO to convene workshop on IP and public healthSubmitted by thiru on 31. July 2013 - 4:22
On 7-8 August 2013, the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI), Republic of South Africa and the World Trade Organization (WTO), in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will hold a National Workshop on Intellectual Property and Public Health in Pretoria. Leading experts from these intergovernmental organizations, Roger Kampf (WTO), Dr.
In any given year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grants marketing approval to new drugs. The most important category* are those classified as "new molecular entities" or NMEs. Chen Xingzhi has collected data on the 2010 NMEs included in the FDA Orange Book here: http://goo.gl/W78Tbk. Some of the data are summarized below:
- Among products listed in the FDA Orange Book in 2010, 15 were classified as NMEs.
- Among all of the NMEs, 43 patents were listed in the FDA Orange Book, covering 12 of the 15 products.
WIPO GA 2013 to decide on future of the Intergovernmental Committee on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and FolkloreSubmitted by thiru on 25. July 2013 - 8:24
The Forty-Third session of the WIPO General Assembly which meets from 23 September 2013 to 2 October 2013 will have the pleasant task of untangling the Gordion knot that is the Report of the Proposals Made by Delegations Regarding Future Work of the IGC.
On 24 July 2013 the Ian Goss (Australia), the facilitator of the 25th session of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC/GRTKF),
prepared the following draft recommendation for consideration by the WIPO General Assembly in September 2013. Currently, WIPO member states are examining the text and will provide their comments on the draft recommendations when the plenary resumes this afternoon.