Of possible interest

KEI requests that DHHS Inspector General investigate failure to disclose federal funding in Spinraza patents.

KEI objects to the U.S. Army grant of an exclusive license to Sanofi on U.S. Army-owned patents on a Zika Virus vaccine.

Research and testimony on transparency legislation.

Request to the NIH and U.S. Army to use government royalty free or march-in rights on the prostate cancer drug Xtandi.

Proposal for a WTO Agreement on the Supply of Public Goods.

Innovation inducement prizes as an alternative to IPR monopolies to reward successful innovation.

Now is a good time to donate money to KEI.

KEI timelines, on a variety of topics.

Poll

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

KEI opening statement at Marrakesh diplomatic conference

Today NGOs were given 3 minutes for an opening statement. This is the text I used. Jamie

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Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) is a non-profit organization concerned with human rights. KEI wishes the delegates luck on a successful outcome. We are grateful for the work by the Secretariat on this issue, from top to bottom.

We will discuss our concerns about the negotiations.

There is a disparity between the lofty language in this hall, and the efforts to narrow user rights taking place downstairs, in the closed meeting.

Opening remarks of the World Blind Union at Marrakesh Diplomatic Conference on a WIPO Treaty for the Blind

Opening Remarks WIPO DIP Com 18 June 2013
By: Maryanne Diamond on behalf of the WBU

Thank you Mr Chairman for the opportunity to speak at this most important Diplomatic conference.

Intervention of the Holy See: WIPO Diplomatic Conference on a Treaty for the Blind

The Holy See delivered this statement on 18 June 2013 at the Marrakesh Diplomatic Conference on a WIPO Treaty for the Blind.

Statement by His Excellency Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi

Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN and Other International Organizations in Geneva at World Intellectual Property Organization Diplomatic Conference to Conclude a Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities Marrakech (Morocco)

18 June 2013

Mr. President,

SCOTUS rules in 5-3 opinion that pay-for-delay settlement agreements are not immune from antitrust scrutiny

On Monday, 17 June 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States released its opinion in Federal Trade Comm'n v. Actavis (formerly captioned as FTC v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.). The decision, with a 5-3 split, found that pay-for-delay settlement agreements are unusual, raising concerns of anticompetitive behavior, and are not immune from antitrust scrutiny.

Ambassador Eileen Donahoe explains why United States will not vote for UN resolution on access to medicine

On 13 June 2013, Ambassador Eileen Donahoe delivered the following intervention on resolution L.10/Rev.1 on Access to medicines in the context of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of physical and mental health explaining why the United States called for a vote on this resolution and would abstain.

Explanation of vote, on the resolution entitled “Access to medicines in the context of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.”

Supreme Court Unanimously Finds Isolated Human DNA is Not Patentable; cDNA patent eligible

On 13 June 2013, the long awaited opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States in the case on whether human DNA is patentable was issued and, the last line of the opinion summarizes, "We merely hold that genes and the information they encode are not patent eligible under §101 simply because they have been isolated from the surrounding genetic material."

Human Rights Council: Intervention of Brazil on resolution on access to medicines in the context of the right to health

On Thursday, 13 June 2013, at the Twenty-third session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Brazil delivered the following intervention introducing draft resolution L.10/Rev.1 on Access to medicines in the context of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of physical and mental health on behalf of India, Brazil, South Africa (IBSA), Egypt, Indonesia, Senegal and Thailand and 27 original cosponsors including Gabon, on behalf of the 54 countries of the African Group.

Mr. President,

US Chamber letter to USPTO opposes fair use, expresses "concerns" about WIPO treaty for blind

On April 19, 2013, the US Chamber of Commerce wrote a letter to the USPTO to "express concerns about the ongoing meetings of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) regarding visually impaired persons (VIPs).

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David Hirschmann, CEO of the Chamber's GIPC, signed the letter

Obama administration blocking consensus at Human Rights Council on access to medicines resolution

In their introduction to Realizing the Right to Health, Andrew Clapham and Mary Robinson provide the following anecdote.

The run up to the 2008 election in the United States focused at one point on the nature of health care in America. During the second presidential debate, the candidates were asked the following question: “Is health care in America a privilege, a right, or a responsibility?” Senator Obama (as he then was) replied as follows:

WTO TRIPS Council: Intervention of India on Intellectual Property, Climate Change and Development (June 2013)

On 27 February 2013, Ecuador submitted a paper (IP/C/W/585) to the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Council) titled "Contribution of Intellectual Property to Facilitating the Transfer of Environmentally Rational Technology". This subject was placed under agenda item 11 at the June TRIPS Council's meeting under the heading of "Intellectual Property, Climate Change and Development".

Four Department of State cables on Thailand, for Special 301 Review (Years 2009 to 2011)

The following are four US Department of State cables discussing the status of Thailand as regards the USTR Special 301 review. KEI recently received the cables from the US Department of State in response to an earlier FOIA request.

KEI comment on WTO decision to extend TRIPS deadline for LDCs to July 1, 2021

The WTO TRIPS Council has just approved an extension of TRIPS Obligations for Least Developed Countries until July 1, 2021, a new eight year extension. The new extension comes with some restrictions, but provides more freedom than the previous extension, which had a widely criticized and now eliminated "no rollback" clause. The decision stops well short of what the LDCs had proposed.

KEI Statement in Support of the Unlocking Technology Act (H.R. 1892)

Statement of Knowledge Ecology International in Support of the Unlocking Technology Act (H.R. 1892)
June 9, 2013

The bipartisan Unlocking Technology Act (H.R. 1892), introduced by Representative Lofgren (D-CA) and co-sponsored by Representatives DeFazio (D-OR), Eshoo (D-CA), Holt (D-NJ), Massie (R-KY), and Polis (D-CO) takes the welcome step of scaling back the overprotection of “digital locks” and promoting consumer choice and competition.

Audiovisual Materials in the Classroom and the WIPO treaty for copyright exceptions for persons with disabilities

Fedro De Tomassi

My name is Fedro De Tomassi. I am a student at St. Olaf College, class of 2014, and next week I will be a volunteer (as a guide and interpreter) at the Diplomatic Conference to Conclude a Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities (June 17 to 28, 2013 – Marrakesh, Morocco) http://www.wipo.int/dc2013/en/

US opposes safeguards in WIPO treaty for the blind that are included in ACTA, and Beijing treaty

I was in Geneva today, and was told by several delegates the US is opposing this language in the negotiating text (from the Annex)

[Proposed Footnote: It is understood that Contracting Parties who are members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) acknowledge all the principles and objectives of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement) and understand that nothing in this Treaty affects the provisions of the TRIPS Agreement, including, but not limited to, the provisions relating to anti-competitive practices.]

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