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What's in a name? Geographical indications stir the pot at WIPO trademark committee

Protection for geographical indications is an issue that divides the generally united front that Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Switzerland, New Zealand and the United States maintain at WIPO and WTO negotiations on setting rules for the enforcement of patents, copyright, trademarks and industrial designs. In a 12 March 2014 piece, Europe wants its Parmesan back, seeks name change, the Associated Press reported that,

KEI's comments on Special 301, March 7, 2014

KEI’s Additional Comments Special 301

March 7, 2014

James Love, Knowledge Ecology International

Docket # USTR-2013-0040

These comments supplement KEI’s February 7, 2014 written submission (Also available here: http://www.keionline.org/ustr/special301, and http://keionline.org/node/1927), and our February 24, 2014 oral testimony, and provide also comment or reply to the written or oral submissions by others.

1. India is an important source of affordable medicines.

KEI Comments on Patient Assistance Programs as referenced in the 2014 Special 301 Review Hearing

Among the comments that KEI filed today in the 2014 Special 301 Review process were comments regarding pharmaceutical companies' donation and patient assistance programs. An oft-cited claim by pharmaceutical companies and those lobbying on their behalf is that donations and patient assistance programs fully provide for those that cannot afford the high priced medications offered by the companies.

KEI Comments on the IIPA oral and written submission to 2014 Special 301 regarding education and research

Manon Ress, Knowledge Ecology International, Comments on the IIPA oral and written submission to 2014 Special 301

March 7, 2014

Docket ID: USTR-2013-0040

In 2014, the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) submission for the Special 301 failed to propose constructive policies by the USTR regarding copyright, as regards to access to knowledge and copyright related issues, in the context of education or research.

Boeing submission to US ITC (No. 332-543): India has a legal framework that is adequate to protect IP

On 7 February 2014, the Boeing Company submitted a written statement to the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) investigation of India (No. 332-543) concluding that,

In Boeing's experience, India has a legal framework that is adequate to protect IP with no known cases of IP violation involving Boeing's activities in the defense and aerospace sector.

WTO TRIPS Council (February 2014) - EU intervention on the contribution of IP to facilitate the transfer of clean technologies

On Tuesday, 25 February 2014, the European Union delivered the following intervention at the WTO TRIPS Council on agenda item 11 (Contribution of Intellectual Property to Facilitate the Transfer of Environmentally Rational Technology) with a focus on the European Business and Technology Centre, India.

Intervention by the EU at the TRIPS Council of 25 February 2014
Agenda point 11 – Contribution of IP to facilitate the transfer of environmentally rational technology
European Business and Technology Centre, India

WTO TRIPS Council (February 2014) - EU's intervention on Technical cooperation and capacity building

The European Union delivered the following intervention at the February 2014 WTO TRIPS Council on agenda item 10 (Technical cooperation and capacity building).

EU intervention – 25 February 2014
Point 10 TRIPS Council Agenda – Technical cooperation and capacity building

WTO TRIPS Council (February 2014) - EU's intervention on IP and Innovation: University Technology Partnerships

The European Union delivered the following intervention at the February 2014 WTO TRIPS Council on agenda item 12 (IP and Innovation: University Technology Partnerships). The United States of America tabled this standalone agenda item on University Technology Partnerships in the context of IP and Innovation.

TRIPS Council 25/26 February 2014
EU intervention on Agenda point 12
IP and Innovation - University technology partnerships

EU proposals for TTIP, TRADE IN SERVICES, INVESTMENT AND E-COMMERCE, July 2, 2013

ZEIT ONLINE has published the EU's July 2, 2013 proposals for TRADE IN SERVICES, INVESTMENT AND E-COMMERCE in the TTIP negotiation. A copy of the proposal is available here. Tags: ISDS, TTIP

TRADE IN SERVICES, INVESTMENT AND E-COMMERCE
Chapter I General provisions
Chapter II Investment
Chapter III Cross border supply of services

ITC Investigation No. 332-543, KEI written statement, February 14, 2014 hearing

The KEI written statement for the February 14, 2014 US International Trade Commission (USITC) hearing on India is attached here.

Among other things, the Statement includes 15 pages describing US compulsory licenses.

We also have a video play list with more than 9 hours of the Feb 12 and Feb 14 hearing.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLw9jWaZPEpwU_euETpPaVjdcFpKlCxp-

WTO TRIPS Council (February 2014) - Bangladesh's intervention on Non-Violation and Situation Complaints

On Tuesday, 25 February 2014, Bangladesh delivered the following statement at the WTO TRIPS Council on Non-Violation and Situation Complaints.

On agenda item of non-violation and situation complaints

Thank you Mr. Chairman.

WTO TRIPS Council (February 2014) - Bangladesh's intervention on IP and Innovation: University Technology Partnerships

Bangladesh delivered the following intervention at the February 2014 WTO TRIPS Council on agenda item 12 (IP and Innovation: University Technology Partnerships). The United States of America tabled this standalone agenda item on University Technology Partnerships in the context of IP and Innovation.

IP and Innovation: University Technology Partnership

Thank you Mr. Chairman.

WTO TRIPS Council (February 2014) - Ecuador's interventions on the contribution of IP to facilitate the transfer of green tech

On Tuesday, 25 February 2014, Ecuador delivered the following two interventions at the WTO TRIPS Council on agenda item 11 (Contribution of Intellectual Property to Facilitate the Transfer of Environmentally Rational Technology). The antecedent to this discussion item is a paper that Ecuador circulated to the TRIPS Council in February 2013 (IP/C/W/585) on the relationship between intellectual property and the transfer of environmentally sound technology. It's core ask was a Bali Ministerial Declaration on IP and environmentally sound technologies:

WTO TRIPS Council (February 2014) - India's intervention on Non-Violation and Situation Complaints

For non-trade specialists, a 'non-violation complaint' at the WTO effectively amounts to a complaint that a country has violated the spirit but not the letter of trade law. While countries can launch such disputes at the WTO for trade in goods and services, there is a moratorium on doing so over intellectual property rights.

WTO TRIPS Council (February 2014) - India's intervention on the contribution of IP to facilitate the transfer of green tech

On Tuesday, 25 February 2014, India delivered the following intervention at the WTO TRIPS Council on agenda item 11 (Contribution of Intellectual Property to Facilitate the Transfer of Environmentally Rational Technology). Ecuador tabled this agenda item.

Contribution of IP to facilitate the transfer of Environmentally Sound Technology

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