- KEI Special 301 supplemental comments: Compulsory Licensing not restricted to "Emergencies" or "Measure of Last Resort"
- KEI's supplemental comments in USTR 301: Online pharmacies, parallel trade and counterfeit drugs
- KEI's Feb 27, 2015 Supplemental Comments to USTR Regarding Research and Development
- WTO TRIPS Council (February 2015): EU mounts defense of tobacco plain packing measures in the Republic of Ireland and the UK
- A few reactions to the USTR Special 301 Hearing
- KEI comments at February 24, 2015 USTR Special 301 Hearing
- WTO TRIPS Council (February 2015): Bangladesh statement (on behalf of LDC Group)- Extension of the 2016 transitional period
- WTO TRIPS Council (February 2015): LDC Group statement on Non-Violation and Situation Complaints
- WTO TRIPS Council (February 2015): LDC request for extension of the transitional period for pharmaceutical products
- WTO Trade Policy Review of the United States: USTR deflects questions from India on compulsory licensing (December 2014)
Letter to the 129th WHO Executive Board on conflicts of interest, WHO reform and the future of financingSubmitted by thiru on 24. May 2011 - 4:00
24 May 2011
NGO letter on Conflicts of Interest, Future Financing, Reform and governance of the WHO.
Dear Members of the Executive Board,
World Intellectual Property Organization
DATE: MAY 20, 2011
Standing Committee on the Law of Patents
Geneva, May 16 to 20, 2011
SUMMARY BY THE CHAIR
Agenda Item 1: Opening of the session
1. The sixteenth of the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) was opened by Mr. James Pooley, Deputy Director General, who welcomed the participants. Mr. Philippe Baechtold (WIPO) acted as Secretary.
BRICS Health Ministers’ preparatory meeting – May 17th 2011
Consistent with the mandate of the Sanya Declaration of the BRICS Leaders Meeting (14 April 2011), the Ministers of Health of the five BRICS’ countries met on the sidelines of the 64thWorld Health Assembly, on 17 May 2011, to discuss issues of common interest as well as prepare the BRICS Health Ministerial Meeting to be held in Beijing, China, on 11 July 2011. Representatives of WHO and UNAIDS also attended the meeting.
16th session of the WIPO Standing Committee of the Law of Patents (SCP)
Thursady, 19 May 2011
KEI Statement on Patents and Health
KEI is impressed by and fully supportive of the joint proposal of the African Group and the Development Agenda Group on a work program on Patents and Health, which has been published as SCP/16/7. We agree with the comments of the Chair that the proposal is both comprehensive and well thought out.
Civil Society on transparency, public health in TPPA; 28 Senators call for highest standards of protection IP in agreementSubmitted by Krista Cox on 18. May 2011 - 15:32
On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, eight civil society organizations submitted joint comments and recommendations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
64TH WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY
The future of financing for WHO A64/4
WHO REFORM AGENDA
Provisional agenda item 11
STATEMENT BY THE BRAZILIAN DELEGATION
At the outset we would like to thank the report by the Director-General on WHO reform and its future financing for a healthy future. We acknowledge the efforts to reflect comments and suggestions presented by Member-States throughout the ongoing consultation process and believe the document is a good basis for our continued debate on this important issue.
This is the statement that was delivered by Karin L. Ferriter (from USPTO and USTR), at a UNITAID side event on the Medicines Patent Pool, during a break of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents.
Statement on Medicines Patent Pool Side Event
WIPO SCP16: Joint proposal of the African Group and the Development Agenda Group on a work program on Patents and HealthSubmitted by thiru on 18. May 2011 - 4:20
Update: The proposal has now been formally published on the WIPO web site as SCP/16/7.
NGO Statement on WHO governance and the Management of Conflicts of Interest and the Future of Financing for WHOSubmitted by James Love on 18. May 2011 - 2:07
NGO Statement on WHO governance and the Management of Conflicts of Interest and the Future of Financing for WHO.
May 18, 2011
We write to express our concerns about governance of the World Health Organization (WHO) and other public health bodies, as regards the management of conflicts of interest.
SCP16: Slide presentations of Professor Carlos Correa, Judit Rius Sanjuan and James Love at KEI briefing on Patents and HealthSubmitted by thiru on 17. May 2011 - 9:27
On 17 May 2011, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) organized a Briefing on Patents and Health at WIPO’s 16h session of the Standing Committee on Patents (SCP).
During today's discussion at the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) on patent quality KEI make four points in its intervention.
1. WIPO should consider gathering information on the costs of litigation to challenge the validity of patents.
2. WIPO should consider creating a database to share information on the cases where litigation has resulted findings that patent claims as invalid.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has convened the 16th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP). The SCP elected Albert Tramposch, Administrator for Policy and External Affairs, USPTO as Chair.
Knowledge Ecology International: Patents and Health
DATE: Tuesday, 17 May 2011
VENUE: Room B at the WIPO Main Building
AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP) are state run programs that provide medicines to low-income HIV-positive patients who either have limited or no insurance coverage. ADAPs are essential in providing life-saving medicines to low-income patients, but these programs are threatened by the high costs of treatment.
On April 19, 2011, Dr Kumariah Balasubramaniam died at his home in Sri Lanka. Dr. Balasubramaniam, known to many as Dr. Bala, was described by Professor Colvin Gooneratne as "one of the most knowledgeable, resolute, articulate, versatile, resilient and in many other ways exceptionally brilliant health activists [the world] has produced." My tribute to Dr. Bala is in the Huffington Post. Prof.