- Five groups ask USTR to protect orphan works in TPP
- IMS Health May 2015 comments on patient access to oncology drugs
- Switzerland pressures Colombia to deny compulsory license on imatinib
- 17 WTO Members (Brazil, China, India, Russia) submit draft Ministerial Decision on Non-Violation and Situation Complaints
- KEI briefing note on the evolution of TPP negotiating text on patentable subject matter
- Seminars on Drug Pricing: Part 3, Aidan Hollis
- KEI's second installment of TPP IP Chapter leak, includes copyright, all other provisions
- Knowledge Ecology International Leaks TPP Text on Intellectual Property
- WTO Trade Policy Review of India- EU, Japan, Switzerland and the US question India over Section 3(d) and Compulsory Licensing
- Consensus achieved at WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) on Future Work Program
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)Submitted by Krista Cox on 28. December 2011 - 16:41
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).
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 CopyrightSubmitted by thiru on 12. December 2011 - 8:07
Friday, 16 December 2011
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) side event @ 8th WTO Ministerial Conference
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
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 healthSubmitted by thiru on 8. December 2011 - 1:51
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
Geneva, December 5 to 9, 2011
PATENTS AND HEALTH: PROPOSAL BY THE DELEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Document prepared by the Secretariat
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 healthSubmitted by thiru on 7. December 2011 - 5:57
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.
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.
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.
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)
Geneva, November 21 to 25, 28, 29 and December 2, 2011
Limitations and Exceptions: Libraries and archives
WIPO releases text on an international instrument on L&Es for persons with print disabilities: SCCR/23/7 ProvSubmitted by thiru on 2. December 2011 - 6:09
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:
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:
WIPO releases new working document on an international instrument on L&Es for persons with print disabilitiesSubmitted by thiru on 28. November 2011 - 3:43
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
SCCR 23: Opening round of interventions on Treaty for the Blind, Visually Impaired and other Reading Disabled PersonsSubmitted by thiru on 24. November 2011 - 5:52
Thursday, Morning Session
24 November 2011
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.