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Governments can ration access to cancer drugs, or break patent monopolies. Why is rationing so popular?:

Representatives Issa (R-CA) and Maloney (D-NY) introduce anti-open access legislation

On December 16, 2011, H.R. 3699, "the Research Works Act", was introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Committee member Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). This is how the Association of American Publishers describes the bill:

KEI comments for House Committee on Ways and Means Hearing on Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)

On Wednesday, December 14, 2011 the Subcommittee on Trade of the Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Oral testimony was accepted only from invited witnesses. These witnesses included: Ambassador Demetrios Marantis (Deputy U.S. Trade Representative), Devry S. Boughner (Director, Intenrational Business Relations on behalf of Cargill Inc. and U.S. Business Coalition for TPP), Angela Marshall Hofmann (Vice President for Global Integrated Sourcing on Trade, Wal-Mart Stores), and Michael Wessel (President of The Wessel Group).

USTR to "clarify" its position on extension of LDC transition period for TRIPS

On June 11, 2011, KEI published KEI Policy Brief 2011:1, which was titled: "White House and European Commission trade official oppose waiver of drug patents for Least Developed Countries (LDCs)."

16 December 2011: KEI side event @ 8th WTO Ministerial Conference: The TRIPS Agreement and Copyright

Friday, 16 December 2011
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) side event @ 8th WTO Ministerial Conference
Geneva
Room B, Centre William Rappard, World Trade Organization
Rue de Lausanne 154
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

The TRIPS Agreement and Copyright

Knowledge Ecology International
Introduction

TRIPS, the copyright 3-step test, and exceptions to rights

WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents: Obama Administration's proposal on patents and health

On Wednesday, 7 December 2011, the United States of America tabled a proposal on patents and health which was distributed at 6 PM by the WIPO Secretariat after much of the substantive dicussions

Standing Committee on the Law of Patents

Seventeenth Session
Geneva, December 5 to 9, 2011

PATENTS AND HEALTH: PROPOSAL BY THE DELEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Document prepared by the Secretariat

KEI's intervention to WIPO's Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP)

Statement of Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) to the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP): Patents and Health

7 December 2011

Thank you Mr. Chair. Knowledge Ecology International has submitted its written comments on patents and health which can be found in WIPO document SCP/17/INF/3.

WIPO patent committee: Statement of Group B (industrialized countries) at WIPO on discussions of patents and health

The United States, on behalf of Group B (which includes Western European countries, Norway, the United States, Switzerland, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Israel and the Holy See) presented the following statement opposing the adoption of the African Group/Development Agenda Group on patents and health (in its current forum). In its individual intervention, the Holy See supported the African Group/Development Agenda Group proposal.

SCCR23: Statement by KEI on the protection of broadcasting organizations

With respect to broadcasting, KEI reiterates its opposition to work at WIPO on a new treaty for broadcasting organizations.

When governments grant intellectual property rights to broadcasting organizations, they undermine the rights of copyright holders, and reduce the incomes of creative communities.

#SCCR23: Concluding remarks of Brazil

Thank you Mr. Chairman,

First, my delegation would like to congratulate you on the very good job performed as the Chairman of this Session of the SCCR. We also thank Assistant Director General, Mr. Trevor Clarke, and the Secretariat for all the hard work, and also the interpreters.

My delegation would like to extend its congratulations to all delegations, for their hard and constructive work along these two weeks of Session, and for the flexibility in order to reach acceptable solutions.

Conclusions of 23rd session of WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)
Twenty–Third Session
Geneva, November 21 to 25, 28, 29 and December 2, 2011
Conclusions

Limitations and Exceptions: Libraries and archives

WIPO releases text on an international instrument on L&Es for persons with print disabilities: SCCR/23/7 Prov

On Friday, 2 December 2011, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) released an official paper, dated 1 December 2011, entitled "Working Document on an International Instrument on Limitations and Exceptions for Persons with Print Disabilities" prepared by the "Secretariat on the (to be adopted by the Committee during the SCCR/23 session)." This document, numbered as SCCR/23/7 Prov., is expected to be adopted today by the SCCR. SCCR/23/7 Prov can be found here:

WIPO study on Anti-Competitive Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (Sham Litigation)

Lucia Helena Salgado, from Coordinator of Regulatory and Market Studies, institute of Research on Applied Economics (IPEA) is presenting her study on Anti-Competitive Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (Sham Litigation) at the 7th session of the WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement.

The report can be found here:

http://wipo.int/export/sites/www/meetings/en/2011/wipo_ip_ge_11/docs/stu...

WIPO releases new working document on an international instrument on L&Es for persons with print disabilities

On Monday, 28 November 2011, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) released a new document called "Working Document on an International Instrument on Limitations and Exceptions for Persons with Print Disabilities" prepared by the "Secretariat on the basis of comments made by Member States delegations to the Chair's document SCCR/22/16" on 25 November 2011.

The new document can be found here: http://keionline.org/sites/default/files/Workingdocument_VIP.doc or http://keionline.org/sites/default/files/Workingdocument_VIP.pdf

European versus American interpretations of orphan works

The WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) is now discussing the topic of orphan works in deliberations on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives. The US has a broader view of what constitutes an orphan work compared with the European Union. Here are the interventions of both the US and EU taken from the WIPO lives stream for comparison.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
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