Of possible interest

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

The US 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.

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?:

NIH expects to rule on ritonavir march-in petition "by the end of the year"

Mark Rohrbaugh has written to Krista Cox to acknowledge the October 25, 2012 march-in petition. According to Rohrbaugh, the petition has be delegated to NIH's Office of Technology Transfer (OTT), and "NIH has begun to review the issues you have brought to our attention." Rohrbaugh closes by saying "We expect to respond to your request by the end of the year."

WTO TRIPS Council (November 2012): Intervention of Brazil on Intellectual Property and Innovation

On 7 November 2012, Brazil delivered the following intervention under agenda item M, "Intellectual Property and Innovation".

Statement by Brazil. TRIPS Council.
“Intellectual Property and Innovation”.

Thank you Chairman,

When Brazil asked for an item on “Intellectual Property and Innovation” to be included in the agenda of this session of the TRIPS Council, together with the US delegation, its primary intention was to help set the stage for a debate, without prejudging any outcome whatsoever.

WTO TRIPS Council (November 2012): Intervention of India on 10th annual review of Article 66.2 (TRIPS Agreement)

On 6 November 2012, India delivered the following intervention under agenda item J, "Tenth Annual Review under Paragraph 2 of the Decision on the Implementation of Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement".

TENTH ANNUAL REVIEW UNDER PARAGRAPH 2 OF THE DECISION ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ARTICLE 66.2 OF THE TRIPS AGREEMENT

Intervention on Agenda item J: Art 66.2

WTO TRIPS Council (November 2012): Intervention of India on Intellectual Property and Innovation

On 7 November 2012, India delivered the following intervention under agenda item M, "Intellectual Property and Innovation".

We thank the delegations of Brazil and the United States for tabling an agenda item on "Intellectual Property and Innovation" which we understand is a standalone item.

WTO TRIPS Council (November 2012): Intervention of the United States on the review of the Paragraph 6 system

On 6 November 2012, the United States delivered the following intervention under agenda item F, "Review under Paragraph 8 of the Decision on the Implementation of Paragraph 8 of the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health".

F. REVIEW UNDER PARAGRAPH 8 OF THE DECISION ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PARAGRAPH 6 OF THE DOHA DECLARATION ON THE TRIPS AGREEMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH

• Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and the Secretariat, for the report on the status of notifications of acceptance of the 2005 Protocol Amending the TRIPS Agreement.

WTO TRIPS Council (November 2012): Intervention of the United States on Intellectual Property and Innovation

On 7 November 2012, the United States of America delivered the following intervention under agenda item M, "Intellectual Property and Innovation".

M. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND INNOVATION

• Thank you, Mr. Chair.

• The United States is pleased to join with Brazil in sponsoring this item on the agenda.

Exclusivity data from the US FDA Orange Book

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publishes the "Orange Book: Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations" in both an annual paper bound edition and web-based searchable database (available here). As part of a larger effort to expand access to government data, the FDA provides monthly updates of the underlying data here.

How did markets respond to Romney's temporary surge in polling data?

How did the market respond to Romney's temporary surge in polling data? And which sectors of the economy expect to do better if Romney is elected? For the companies included in a survey, the share prices for all large banks and large health insurance and managed care providers rose when Romney's poll numbers unexpectedly surged, while prices for the companies in the telecommunications and technology sectors declined.

Update: WTO Trade Policy Review of Israel covers new developments on fair use, data exclusivity and parallel importation

UPDATE: On 3 December 2012, the secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO) released the minutes of Israel's Trade Policy Review (WT/TPR/M/272) held on 30 October 2012 and 1 November 2012. According to the chair, Eduardo Munoz Gomez (Colombia), innovation was one of the salient points identified in the TPR noting that:

How common is Federal Funding of patented inventions?

Frequency of disclosure of federal funding in patents, 2000 to 2011

Following our filing of a march-in petition with the NIH, seeking a rule that government funded inventions be no more expensive in the United States than in other high income countries, I was asked about the extent of federal funding of patented inventions.

2013 deadline looms for LDC members of the World Trade Organization

On 29 November 2005 the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Council for TRIPS (TRIPS Council) extended the transition period accorded to least developed country (LDC) members of the WTO to implement their obligations under the TRIPS Agreement from 1 January 2006 to 1 July 2013.

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in First Sale Doctrine Case (Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons)

On Monday, 29 October 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in the first-sale doctrine case, Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons. This case involved the petitioner, Kirtsaeng, purchasing lawfully made copies of the books from Thailand and reselling these books in the United States. John Wiley & Sons asserted, and the Second Circuit agreed, that the first sale doctrine applies only to copies manufactured in the United States and does not apply to foreign made goods.

2012 October. Four NGOs ask NIH to grant open licenses to ritonavir patents under Bayh-Dole March-in provisions

On October 25, 2012, the American Medical Students Association (AMSA), Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), U.S.

October 19 WIPO negotiations on copyright exceptions for disabilities

After three days, the WIPO intersessional negotiations on copyright exceptions for persons with disabilities adjourned. On July 26, 2012, the SCCR negotiating text (SCCR 24/9) was 26 pages long, with 4051 words, and included 56 brackets, and 20 alternatives. The Final document on Friday (copy here) evening was 26 pages, with 47 brackets, and 22 alternatives.

WIPO negotiations on copyright exceptions for disabilities, October 18, 2012

The October 18 version of the text is available, here. From the October 17 version, the number of brackets as gone from 65 to 61. The number of alternatives has increased from 24 to 26. Both numbers are higher than the July 26 version of the text, which had 56 brackets and 23 alternatives.




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