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KEI Statement to WIPO GA on Advisory Committee on Enforcement

This was read today, September 30, 2011, at the WIPO GA

Agenda Item 33 (iii), the Advisory Committee on Enforcement

KEI comments on work of Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP), WIPO GA 2011

This was read today, September 30, 2011, at the WIPO GA

Agenda Item 33(i) Standing Committee on the Law of Patents

KEI agrees with the perceptive and constructive comments offered by South Africa on behalf of the Africa Group, and India, on behalf of the Development Agenda Group (DAG).

Ecuador's proposal to WIPO General Assembly to convene a Diplomatic Conference on a Treaty for Persons with Reading Disabilities

On Thursday, 29 September 2011, Ecuador made the following intervention at the WIPO General Assembly (GA) during the consideration of a Report on the Work of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) which called for the WIPO GA to convene a diplomatic conference in 2012 on a treaty on copyright exceptions for persons with reading disabilities provided that SCCR23 reached agreement on a negotiating text for the TVI.

Gracias señor Presidente.

KEI general statement to 49th WIPO General Assemblies on the SCCR + Semi-live blogging of SCCR discussions

This is the statement delivered by KEI at WIPO's consideration of the Report on the Work of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). There was no decision point on agenda item 29 which took note of the Report of the SCCR.

Statement of Asian Group at WIPO General Assembly 2011: L&Es, AV treaty and broadcasting

On Thursday, 29 September 2011, Pakistan made the following intervention on behalf of the Asian Group during WIPO's discussion of the Report of the Standing Committee on Copyright and related Rights. On the matter of exceptions and limitations, the Asian Group stated:

Senators Harkin and Sanders send Letter to USPTO Supporting the Treaty on Copyright Exceptions for Blind and Visually Impaired

harkin-sanders.jpgToday, on the eve of discussions on the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) at the WIPO General Assembly, Senators Harkin (D-IA) and Sanders (I-VT) submitted a letter to Director David Kappos of the US Patent and Trademark Office. This letter recommended USPTO's support for the timely consideration of a treaty for the benefit of persons who are visually impaired or have other disabilities.

General Statement of Brazil at WIPO General Assembly 2011

Brazil's general statement to the WIPO General Assembly in 2011 was delivered on Monday, 26 September 2011 by HE Roberto Azevedo, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the WTO and other Economic Organizations in Geneva. With respect to a disabilities treaty, Brazil stated,

KEI general statement to 49th WIPO General Assemblies, 27 September 2011

KEI general statement to 49th WIPO General Assemblies
Statement of Knowledge Ecology International
49th Session of the WIPO Assemblies
Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Mr. Chairman,

As Knowledge Ecology International is taking the floor for the first time, I would like to congratulate you upon your election as Chair of the General Assembly.

General Statement of South African Ambassador on behalf of the African Group at WIPO General Assembly 2011

The following intervention was delivered on 26 September 2011 by H.E. Abdul Minty, Ambassador and Permanent of the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations and other International Organizations, on behalf of the African Group. This is what the African Group said about limitations and exceptions:

General Statement of Panamanian Ambassador on behalf of GRULAC at WIPO General Assembly 2011

The following intervention was delivered today by H.E. Alfredo Suescum, Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of Panama to the WTO on behalf of of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean countries (GRULAC). With respect to a disabilities treaty, GRULAC noted:

2011 WIPO General Assembly begins week long meeting

The 49th WIPO General Assembly began today, in a packed hall of the CICG convention center. The agenda and other documents for the meeting is available here. The Director General, Francis Gurry, began his talk focusing on financial challenges, and, among other things, several references to the work of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). Gurry talked about progress on the AV treaty, and progress on an "instrument" for persons with disabilities. He talked about the new SCCR work program on the broadcast treaty. He did not mention the WIPO work on libraries, education or other copyright limitations and exceptions issues.

The meeting is webcast. Countries have been given 5 minutes for opening statements.

DHHS Secretary Donna Shalala to Rep Jan Schakowsky in 2000, on WHO access to fed funded patent rights

In 2000, President Clinton asked Donna Shalala, then the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), to write to Representative Jan Schakowsky. Schakowky had asked President Clinton to provide the World Health Organization with royalty free rights to health care products, for which the United States holds rights.

Schakowsky was pressing President Clinton to share its rights, under 35 USC 202(c)(4) -- a federal statute that reserves certain rights in patents where the federal government provided funding for the invention.

Corporate funding of The NCD Alliance

The NCD Alliance is a formal alliance of the International Diabetes Federation, The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Union for International Cancer Control and the World Heart Federation established on 19 May 2009 "representing the four main NCDs outlined in the World Health Organization’s 2008-2013 Action Plan for NCDs – cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory disease".

KEI notes from Eighth Round of TPPA Negotiations

Krista Cox wrote these notes on September 13, 2011, reporting on the eighth round of negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

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