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.

Now is a good time to donate money to KEI

KEI Timelines, on a variety of topics.


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

HAI/KEI intervention at the WHA69 on the negotiations on an R&D agreement

Jamie-740x.jpg The following is the intervention on behalf of Stichting Health Action International (HAI) at 69th World Health Assembly, Agenda Item 16.2: Follow-up to the report of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination - Report of the open-ended meeting of Member States.

KEI worked with HAI on the statement, and it was delivered by James Love

Sens. Sherrod Brown and Bernie Sanders send letter to USTR condemning pressure on Colombia compulsory license for cancer drug

(More on Colombia here: http://keionline.org/colombia)

In response to reports of USTR pressure on Colombia's potential compulsory license for imatinib, Senators Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., have sent a letter to USTR objecting "to any efforts to protect the public health of Colombians in a way that is appropriate, effective, and consistent with the country's trade and public health obligations," and condemning as unconscionable "that any representatives of the U.S. government would threaten to rescind funding for Colombia's peace iniative if a compulsory license for Glivec were issued."

15 House Dems Press USTR to Clarify Position on Compulsory Licensing of cancer drug patent in Colombia

Yesterday, fifteen House Democrats sent a letter to Ambassador Michael Froman at the United States Trade Representative to express serious concern that the United States officials have been pressuring Colombia to abandon the process of issuing a compulsory license on imatinib. The letter can be read here.

Senator Hatch Defends Pressure on Colombia in Interview Regarding Imatinib

Yesterday, Colombia’s W Radio aired an interview with Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, where he was asked about the reports of pressure on Colombia from the Senate Finance Committee, which he chairs, with regard to the compulsory license process for the expensive leukemia drug, imatinib.

WHA 69: Colombian Minister of Health Calls on WHO to Support the Regulation of Drug Monopolies

(More on Colombia here: http://keionline.org/colombia)

On May 24, 2016, Colombia's Minister of Health, Alejandro Gaviria, made an intervention at the World Health Assembly that referred to the pressure Colombia has been facing with regard to the potential compulsory license for imatinib and called for the WHO to support members to ensure sustainable development through the regulation of pharmaceutical monopolies and promoting competition, transparency, and the rational use of drugs.

Letter from KEI, Public Citizen, Oxfam America and Health GAP to Senator Hatch, regarding Colombia Compulsory License

Attached is a letter that KEI, Public Citizen, Oxfam America and Health GAP have sent to Senator Hatch, via the Senate Finance Committee, objecting to the pressure his office has put on Colombia over a compulsory license on patents held by Novartis for the cancer drug Gleevec. This refers to the accounts of pressure from Hatch's office that are described in two letters from the Colombia Embassy in Washington, dated April 27 and April 28, which were recently leaked.

Background FAQ on Glivec (imatinib) compulsory license in Colombia

(More on Colombia here: http://keionline.org/colombia)

For more information, contact:
(U.S.) Andrew Goldman, KEI: andrew.goldman@keionline.org or +1 (202) 332-2670
(Colombia) Andrea Carolina Reyes Rojas, Misión Salud: subdireccion@mision-salud.org
(Colombia) Dr. Francisco Rossi, IFARMA: francisco_rossi@hotmail.com

Frequently Asked Questions

What is happening in Colombia with regard to imatinib?

13 non-profits urge Senate HELP Committee to block floor amendments to 21st Century Cures Act counterpart

Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) presents a legislative package of healthcare reforms to the Senate floor for an up-or-down vote, 13 consumer, patient and health non-profit groups sent a letter to HELP Chairman and Ranking Member to ensure that the final legislative package includes only those bills that the HELP Committee reviewed in mark-up sessions.

122 experts defend Colombia's right to issue compulsory license on imatinib in face of U.S. pressure

(More on Colombia here: http://keionline.org/colombia)

On May 16, 2016, 122 health, trade, and intellectual property experts defended the Colombian government's right to issue a compulsory license on imatinib, an expensive leukemia drug that is being sold at a high price by the Swiss drug company Novartis, in a letter to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

2016: AAV­Mediated Aquaporin Gene Transfer To Treat Sjögren's Syndrome

Other KEI comments on NIH licenses are found here: http://keionline.org/nih-licenses

May 16th, 2016

Sally Hu, Ph.D., M.B.A.,
Senior Licensing and Patenting Manager,
Office of Technology Transfer and Innovation Access,
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research,
National Institutes of Health,
BLDG 1 DEM, RM667, 6701 Democracy Blvd.,
Bethesda, MD 20817
Telephone: (301) 594-2616
Facsimile: (301) 496-1005
Email: sally.hu@nih.gov.

WHO donors in 2015 (US, UK, Gates Foundation, GAVI Alliance, National Philanthropic Trust): Setting the agenda for global public health?

In the run up to the 69th World Health Assembly, to be convened in Geneva from 23 May 2016 to 28 May 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) has prepared a document (A69/INF./3, 13 May 2016) entitled Voluntary contributions by fund and by contributor, 2015. Total voluntary contributions to WHO in 2015 amounted to $1,836,970,206 which represented a dip from the 2014 figure of $2,001,13,247.

SCCR32 Day 4 Strong statement on education by the American University PIJIP


Speaking on behalf of the American University programme on information justice and Intellectual Property. And I speak as an educator myself and also on behalf of a larger network that I coordinate called the global expert network on user rights which is a network of educators.

April 28, 2016 letter regarding US Senate Finance threats over compulsory license on Novartis cancer drug patents

Update: english translation of letter now available at end this blog.

SCCR 32 KEI on Orphan Works

keiorphan.jpgKEI Statement SCCR 32 Day 4 on "Orphan works" and Libraries and Archives

I will be speaking here as a user of libraries and archives and as a user of out of print and orphan works for my past academic work and my research today.

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