Of possible interest

Recent blogs about the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) meetings are available at http://keionline.org/wipo.

The UN Secretary General High Level Panel on Access to Medicine. KEI submissions.

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

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

Prices and patents on drugs, vaccines and diagnosis of hepatitis.

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

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KEI Timelines, on a variety of topics.

Poll

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

Notes from the March 18, 2013 NIH Call on the ritonavir March-In Request

On Monday, March 18, 2013, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), held a conference call with the four NGOs that filed an October 25, 2012 march-in request for the patents held by Abbott Laboratories/AbbVie relevant to the manufacture and sale of ritonavir, a federally funded invention that is much more expensive in the United States than in Canada, Europe or other high-income countries, and is only available as a co-formulated product with AbbVie's version of lopinavir.

EU-India FTA: EU pushes for IP Enforcement - IP chapter draft text under negotiation (2013)

Informed sources have provided KEI the following draft text of the IP chapter under negotiation between the European Union and India in current free trade agreement talks. KEI will provide analysis of these provisions in due course.

Pending U.S. Court Cases on Intellectual Property and Their Relation to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)

**Updated 19 March 2013, after the Supreme Court released its opinion in Kirtsaeng ruling to permit parallel importation of copyrighted works**

5 March 2013-WTO TRIPS Council-Intervention of Brazil on LDC request for an extension to the transition period

On Tuesday, 5 March 2013, Brazil delivered the following statement at the WTO TRIPS Council in favor of the LDC Group's request for an extension to the transition period. The draft decision, if adopted as outlined in proposal (IP/C/W/583), would permit an LDC member not to apply the provisions of the TRIPS Agreement, other than Articles 3, 4 and 5, until they ceased to be an LDC.

Here is Brazilian intervention in full.

5 March 2013-WTO TRIPS Council-Intervention of EU on LDC request for an extension to the transition period

On 5 March 2013, the European Union delivered the following statement during WTO TRIPS Council discussions on the LDC group’s request for an extension of the transitional period for TRIPS implementation.

5 March 2013-Intervention of Nepal (LDC Group) at WTO Council for TRIPS: Request for an Extension of the Transitional Period

On Tuesday, 5 March 2013, the Ambassador of Nepal made the following intervention at the World Trade Organization's Council for TRIPS, on behalf of the LDC Group on agenda item 11, Request for an Extension of the Transitional Period under Article 66.1 of the TRIPS Agreement.

WTO Council for TRIPS Meeting, March 5-6, 2013
Agenda item 11 – Request for an Extension of the Transitional Period under Article 66.1 of the TRIPS Agreement

Presentation of Request (IP/C/W/583) by Nepal on Behalf of LDCs Group

Mr. Chairman,

Why are trade negotiations so secret?

There is nothing at stake that would concern the general public
2% (5 votes)
Always useful to have special access to dole out to industry friends
12% (29 votes)
Democracy and transparency make it impossible to conclude deals
13% (30 votes)
No one can remember how this secrecy tradition got started, but there must be a reason
5% (13 votes)
Governments and industry lobbies have contempt for the public, and prefer unaccountable secret negotiations
68% (163 votes)
Total votes: 240

5 March 2013-WTO TRIPS Council-Intervention of India on LDC request for an extension to the transition period

On 5 March 2013, the Government of India made the following intervention at the TRIPS Council under agenda item 11, request for an extension of the transitional period under Article 66.1 of the TRIPS Agreement. In their intervention, India unequivocally supported the duly motivated requested submitted by Haiti on behalf of the LDC Group on 5 November 2012 (IP/C/W/583).

India asserted that the "no roll back provision" of the 2005 extension had no place in the TRIPS Agreement and noted that

5 March 2013-WTO TRIPS Council-Intervention of India on Intellectual Property and Innovation: Small and medium Sized Enterprises

On 5 March 2013, the Government of India delivered the following statement at the TRIPS Council on agenda item 13, Intellectual Property and Innovation: Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, a standalone item tabled by Chile, Chinese Taipei, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America.

We thank the delegations of Chinese Taipei, Korea, the United States and others for tabling an agenda item on "Intellectual Property and Innovation: Small and medium Sized Enterprises" which we understand is a standalone item.

India Intellectual Property Appeals Board (IPAB) upholds compulsory license on cancer drug in Bayer v Natco

As others have reported, the India Intellectual Property Appeals Board (IPAB) has upheld the compulsory license on the Bayer patents on the cancer drug sorafenib, sold under the trademark of Nexavar by Bayer.

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KEI on Medicines Patent Pool license (and MoU) with ViiV Healthcare

KEI comment on the Medicines Patent Pool license and MoU with ViiV Healthcare
28 February 2013

FYI: James Love (james.love@keionline.org, +1.202.361.3040), Krista Cox (krista.cox@keionline.org, +1.202.332.2670) or Thiru Balasubramaniam (thiru@keionline.org).

The 27 February 2013 agreements between the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) and ViiV Healthcare, a joint venture of GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, and Shionogi will expand access to affordable pediatric formulas for HIV/AIDS.

26 February 2013: UNDP/UNAIDS support LDC request for an extension to the TRIPS transition period

On 26 February 2013, one week before the WTO TRIPS Council (5-6 March 2013) meets to consider the LDC Group's request (IP/C/W/583) for an extension of the transitional period under Article 66.1 of the TRIPS Agreement, UNDP and

The US Department of Justice and USPTO call for compulsory licenses on thousands of "standards-essential" patents

On January 8, 2013, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued a joint statement on "remedies for standards-essential patents subject to voluntary F/RAND commitments. (Copy of statement here).

KEI intervention to WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents: patents and health

The following statement was delivered at the 19th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law Of Patents (SCP) after presentations by the secretariats of WIPO, WHO and WTO on the trilateral report.

26 February 2013

TRIPS Council meeting (5-6 March 2013: LDC request for an extension to transition period and New Zealand plain packaging)

The following WTO airgram WTO/AIR/4075/REV.1 (22 February 2013) contains the agenda for the upcoming WTO Council for TRIPS meeting to be held in Geneva from Tuesday, 5 March 2013 to Wednesday, 6 March 2013. The March 2013 session of the TRIPS Council will discuss the LDC Group's request (IP/C/W/583) for an extension of the transitional period under Article 66.1 of the TRIPS Agreement under agenda item 11.

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