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.
22 July 2013
This was the statement delivered by Australia (Ian Goss, General Manager, IP Australia) on Monday, 22 July 2013.
Thank you chair
Firstly, I will begin with a negative, last week was perhaps the most frustrating of our meetings this year, in contrast to significant progress on Gr's [genetic resources] with disclosure proponents agreeing on an administrative approach to disclosure rather than substantive examination, this was a significant shift in position from a number key countries.
On July, 2013, KEI Director James Love was named by Managing IP Magazine as one of 50 persons shaping the future of IP. From the article
On 12 July 2013, Senator Leahy (D-VT), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee requested that the NIH exercise its march-in rights under the Bayh-Dole Act to promote genetic testing for BRCA mutations that are associated with a person's risk for breast and ovarian cancer. In June, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously ruled that isolated DNA is not patentable, and immediately afterward, other companies stated they would provide BRCA testing.
WIPO IGC 25 and Traditional Cultural Expressions: Intervention of KEI on Article 3 on the scope of protectionSubmitted by thiru on 17. July 2013 - 5:00
From 15-24 July 2013, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is holding the 25th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC/GRTKF) . Currently, the IGC is chaired by Ambassador Wayne McCook of Jamaica.
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) is a non-profit organization that focuses on human rights and social dimensions of knowledge governance. Our web page (http://www.keionline.org) provides extensive background on our operations. We maintain offices in Washington, DC and in Geneva Switzerland, and are engaged in a number of initiatives, disputes and negotiations involving intellectual property rights, innovation, and other aspects of the production, management and governance of knowledge resources.
The World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Program and Budget Committee is meeting from 8 July 2013 to 12 July 2013. Among the documents under consideration is WIPO's Draft Proposed Program and Budget for the 2014/15 Biennium (WO/PBC/20/3) which fleshes out WIPO's strategic goals and program of work for 2014/2015.
On Friday, 28 June 2013, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) held a signing ceremony in Marrakesh for WIPO member states accorded full powers to sign the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. WIPO document VIP/DC/12 provides the list of 51 current signatories to the Marrakesh Treaty.
KEI Closing statement
Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled
June 27, 2013
Diplomatic Conference in Marrakesh Morocco
This was read by James Love (a video of this available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNcnx0iME1U)
Mr. President. KEI is a non-profit organization that focuses on human rights and the public interest in the governance of knowledge.
Thursday, June 27, 2013, noon Marrakesh time.
Statement by James Love
Director, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), Morocco cell: +212.639.61.6030, email@example.com
Knowledge Ecology International is holding a side event in Marrakesh on Thursday, 27 June 2013 at 2:00 PM in Karam 4 at the Palais des congrès entitled, Views on the outcome of the Marrakech treaty for the blind.
Ellen ‘t Hoen (legal advisor, KEI)
Krista Cox (Staff Attorney, KEI)
Alan Adler (Vice President, Legal and Government Affairs, AAP)
Gopa Kumar (Legal advisor, TWN)
Jens Bammel (Secretary General of the International Publishers Association)
Jonathan Band (policybandwidth)
We are very happy with the agreement. There were a few areas where the treaty could have been better, but these are areas of minor quibbles. The first order issues all went in favor of blind persons. The treaty will provide a dramatic and massive improvement in access to reading materials for persons in common languages, such as English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Arabic, and it will provide the building blocks for global libraries to service blind persons.