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KEI comment on US signing of ACTA

Today USTR was pointing to four documents to explain the U.S. decision to sign the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. While it was not surprising that the United States signed the agreement, KEI was disappointed that the statements did not address the issue of the inconsistencies between US law and the ACTA, or make any commitments that the ACTA Committee would operate in an open, transparent and inclusive manner.

These are the USTR documents:

David Hammerstein tweets on the European Parliament hearing on the WIPO Treaty for Blind negotiations

These were copied from David Hammerstein's twitter feed, October 3, 2010.

http://twitter.com/#!/dahammerstein

  • Treaty Visually Impaired before European Parliament at aprox. 15:30. Webstream: bit.ly/kQgrDf info: bit.ly/oDLbL0
  • This is the correct link for the webstreaming of Treaty of visually impaired before the European Parliament: bit.ly/PwS9T
  • Session begins in EP´s Petition Committee on Treaty for Visually Impaired. Chris Friend, World Blind Union condemns us to "book famine"

ACTA is not consistent with US laws on injunctions and damages

Two areas where ACTA is inconsistent with US law, injunctions and damages
KEI Policy Brief, 2011:2
30 September 2011, revised 3 October 2011
James Love and Krista Cox


As the U.S. is reportedly about to sign ACTA, we wanted to point out two important areas where ACTA is not consistent with U.S. law. These are the sections of ACTA dealing with injunctions and damages. Below we have included the text from ACTA and the WTO TRIPS agreement on these two topics.

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.

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