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Why is it a big mistake to link funding of R&D costs with drug prices?:

Marcy Kaptur's bill to create a compulsory license for patented seeds: the Seed Availability and Competition Act of 2009

Marcy Kaptur is a Democratic member of Congress from Ohio. In 2009 she introduced HR 3299, the Seed Availability and Competition Act of 2009.

Mexican Government (nonresponsive) responses to KEI’s concerns about ACTA

KEI has received a letter dated September 28, 2010, from Lic. Alfredo Rendón Algara - Director General Adjunto de Propiedad Industrial of Mexico (IMPI). The letter from the Mexican government is in response to KEI's earlier letter to C. Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, Presidente Constitucional de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos, regarding the position of the Mexican government in the ACTA negotiations.

US Statement to 48th WIPO General Assemblies on IGC on genetic resources, traditional knowledges and folklore

On Friday, 24 September 2010, the United States delivered the following intervention on agenda item 28(i) on the Information Reports on the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore.

KEI statement to 48th WIPO General Assemblies on the SCCR work program

Below is the statement delivered by KEI on Thursday, 23 September 2010 to the 48th WIPO General Assemblies on agenda item 27 dealing with Report on the Work of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR).

Statement of Knowledge Ecology International

48th Session of the WIPO ASSEMBLIES
Thursday, 23 September 2010

Item 27: Report on the Work of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)

WIPO General Assembly webcasts its meeting

The WIPO general Assembly is webcasting this year's General Assembly. This use of Internet technologies really shows how transparent global IPR negotiations can be, and should be. The contrast with ACTA, which is meeting now in secret in Japan, is jarring.

The photo below, taken on September 23, 2010, is from the Convention Center, where the meeting is being held. Earlier this week WIPO Agreed to built its own very large conference facility, which should be open in 2013.

USPTO to offer new incentives to license patents for humanitarian uses, based upon FDA priority review voucher

The USPTO has a federal register notice out asking for public comment on a welcome new initiative, modeled after the FDA priority review voucher, to create incentives to license patents for humanitarian uses. The initiative is set out here:

Stevie Wonder's speech to the WIPO General Assembly on Disabilities



A recording of Stevie Wonder's speech to the Assemblies of WIPO on 20 September 2010 is available here



New Stories

21 September 2010. Ian Crouch, The New Yorker. Stevie Wonder and Books for the Blind

Statement of Brazil to the 48th General Assembly of WIPO, September 2010

The Permanent Representative of Brazil, Roberto Azevedo, delivered the following statement to the 48th session of the WIPO General Assembly. The intervention was delivered in Portuguese; below is the English translation.



Statement Delivered by the Permanent Representative of Brazil, Ambassador Roberto Azevedo

Mr. Chairman,

Let me start by congratulating you on the excellent job you have been doing in conducting the work of WIPO's General Assembly.

Your tax dollars at work. Obama administration funding of pro-right holder NGO work on IPR protection, fy 2009

USPTO's $4 million of Congressionally Mandated Spending on intellectual property initiatives, for fy 2009

This is the USPTO list of grants for fy 2009. The $4 million in grants were used to influence global norms on IPR policy.

A new round of grants will go out soon for fy 2010, involving another $4 million of Congressionally Mandated Spending on Intellectual Property Initiatives (IPI).

ACTA and Part III of TRIPS Compared by Frequency of Terms

ACTA is basically a re-write of Part III of the TRIPS, which is the part dealing with the enforcement of intellectual property rights. How do Part III of the TRIPS and ACTA compare in terms of the frequency of terms? Using the August 25, 2010 text, which includes in some cases duplication where there are competing versions of the text, the comparison now looks like this:

Terms Part III of TRIPS ACTA

The 18 uses of "at least" in the ACTA text

In looking at the scope issues, it might be helpful to examine the 18 places where the August 25, 2010 version of the ACTA text uses the term, "at least."

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USTR's February 10, 2009 memo on Transparency Soup


On October 14, 2009, KEI submitted a FOIA request to the USTR, which is available here, asking for the following records:

KEI requests all records at USTR on the topic of the policy and practice of USTR regard the transparency of trade negotiations, including but not limited to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

Part 2: Notes on the August 25, 2010 version of the ACTA consolidated text


Part 1 of our notes on the August 25, 2010 version of the ACTA consolidated text, covering pages 1-9 of the text, are available here. These notes cover the remainder of August 25, 2010 ACTA text, from pages 10 to 29.

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