- Obama officials seek end of WIPO program on limitations and exceptions to patent rights in developing countries
- India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion creates IPR Think Tank to Draft National IPR Policy
- Rajasingh on India-US dispute over patents on dasatinib, a drug to treat leukemia
- Comments to USTR on the Out-of-Cycle Review for India due October 31, 2014.
- New leak of TPP consolidated text on intellectual property provides details of pandering to drug companies and publishers
- UPDATE: TRIPS Council (Oct. 2014): Ukraine requests discussion on compatibility of tobacco plain packaging measures with TRIPS
- What PhRMA Wants from TTIP
- KEI Notes & Comments at TTIP Seventh Round of Negotiations at Stakeholder Event
- Matrix of Export Possibilities under Gilead HCV Licence
- WIPO General Assembly: Worst ever?
MEPs Marietje Schaake and Christian Engstrom submit question on appointment of Maria Martin-Prat to EU copyright postSubmitted by KEI Staff on 1. April 2011 - 13:00
Maria Martin-Prat reported to replace Tilman Lueder as head of unit for copyright at European CommissionSubmitted by James Love on 30. March 2011 - 14:12
According to stories in the German and French press (links below), Tilman Lueder will be leaving his position as the head of union for copyright for the European Commission, for a new EC job in China. [The FT confirms Tilman is leaving, but suggests he will have a different assignment]. Tilman will reportedly be replaced by Maria Martin-Prat.
USTR has rejected a KEI FOIA request for a Congressional Research Service study of ACTA that was done for Senate Ron Wyden. Senator Wyden shared the report with USTR. USTR acknowledges that it has possession of the document, but asserts it does not have control. Public Citizen has agreed to represent KEI in an appeal of the decision. Our administrative appeal was filed today.
March 23, 2011
FOIA Appeals Committee
Office of the Untied States Trade Representative
1724 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20508
Re: Freedom of Information Act Appeal
The production of generic drugs in India: A new trade agreement with the EU would hinder access to drugs in developing countriesSubmitted by KEI Staff on 23. March 2011 - 5:00
On March 22, 2011, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published the following guest editorial about the EU/India Free Trade Agreement negotiations.
The following groups and individuals have written to Anand Grover, the Special Rapporteur for the United Nations on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, to lodge a complaint about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is a regional free trade agreement being negotiated by the governments of Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Peru, Vietnam and the United States.
Note on use of Orphan Drug Act to increase price of hydroxyprogesterone caproate from $10 to $1,500 per doseSubmitted by James Love on 21. March 2011 - 15:54
(Following discussions with Ed Silverman of Pharmalot, this blog was updated at 12 pm on March 22, to add some suggestions as to how to reform the Orphan Drug Act).
This note concerns an increase in the price of hydroxyprogesterone caproate, from $10 to $20 per dose to $1,500 per dose. (Several injections are needed). Long used off label to prevent premature births, the drug will be sold by KV Pharmaceuticals, under a newly granted right under a statutory monopoly, at 150 times the price of the generic product using the trade name Makena.
April 2011: WHO to tackle pandemic influenza, de-linkage, prizes, R&D financing and non-communicable diseasesSubmitted by thiru on 18. March 2011 - 4:16
April 2011 ushers in a busy period for the World Health Organization.
MEP Franciso Sosa Wagner poses question about support for WIPO treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilitiesSubmitted by James Love on 16. March 2011 - 13:22
Francisco SOSA WAGNER, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Spain, has submitted a question to the European Commission on the WIPO negotiations for a treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities.
David Hammerstein has provided the following translation into English:
The recently obtained US draft text for the intellectual property rights chapter for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) contains provisions that go far beyond the requirements of international agreements as well as the standards of US law itself. One particular area of concern involves the broad definition of patent eligible subject matter that fails to provide for any exception from patentability for surgical methods or procedures. Nor does the draft language contain any exception for the enforcement of surgical method patents.
KEI has obtained the February 10, 2011 US government draft of the intellectual property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).
United States Patent and Trademark Office’s "Humanitarian Pilot Proposal." Comments by KEI, MSF, Oxfam, PC and UAEMSubmitted by James Love on 7. March 2011 - 13:21
The USPTO is considering a pilot program to consider the benefits of providing a voucher for certain accelerated reviews of patent applications, as a reward for licensing patents for humanitarian uses. On March 2, 2011, Anne Guha provided a very useful summary of public comments on the proposal, which is available here: http://www.keionline.org/node/1074
Interview with David Hammerstein regarding negotiations on WIPO treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilitiesSubmitted by KEI Staff on 6. March 2011 - 14:50
David Hammerstein is a former Member of the European Parliament from Spain. He now works for the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD). Among other things, he is an advocate for a new WIPO copyright treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities. The following is an interview with David, carried out from March 3 to March 6 by email.
Intervention of Brazil to the WTO TRIPS Council (March 2011) providing details about the Brazilian HIV treatment programSubmitted by thiru on 3. March 2011 - 4:53
On Tuesday, 1 March 2011, Brazil made the following intervention at the WTO Council for TRIPS during discussions of the paragraph 6 system.
Brazil welcomes the opportunity for this follow-up to the review on the implementation of the paragraph 6 system. Our aim here is to assess whether this system is indeed an expeditious solution for countries lacking manufacturing capacity and to address any shortcomings for the system’s effective operation.
Comments on Incentivizing Humanitarian Technologies and Licensing Through the Intellectual Property SystemSubmitted by Anne Mira Guha on 2. March 2011 - 23:00
On September 20, 2010, the PTO published "Request for Comments on Incentivizing Humanitarian Technologies and Licensing Through the Intellectual Property System" in the Federal Register (75 Fed. Reg. 57261, available here):
Michel Barnier tells the European Blind Union the EU does not support a treaty for persons with disabilitiesSubmitted by James Love on 2. March 2011 - 8:08
On March 2, 2011, Michel Barnier, the EC Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, wrote to Dan Pescod of the European Blind Union, to defend the European Commission decision to back a soft alternative to a treaty at WIPO. (More context, including the text of all of the proposals at WIPO, here.