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- WIPO General Assembly 2014: Draft decision on item 16 (IGC on genetic resources, traditional knowledge & folklore)
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- WIPO General Assembly 2014: KEI Statement on the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents
- WIPO General Assembly 2014: South Africa Intervention on the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP)
- WIPO General Assembly 2014: KEI statement on Matters Relating to the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)
As promised in my previous blog, here in their own words, Tuesday April 29, 2014 afternoon session of SCCR 27, the view point of copyright owners on the proposed treaty for broadcasting organizations. The fact that it is quite repetitive is probably one of the points they were trying to make and it was in fact quite effective in "changing" the general mood of the meeting.
The two following quotes summarize the arguments:
The WIPO treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organization: The Way Forward?
On day 2 of Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) 27, it looks as if the US delegation was showing the SCCR delegates a "way forward" for a new treaty for broadcasting organizations. It seemed as if US diplomacy was working efficiently and the US proposal was gathering support. However, while the US proposal was indeed gathering support, public interest groups and copyright owners also became more vocal in their opposition to the proposal on the table.
The Republic of Korea delivered the following statement outlining the position of the Asia Pacific Group (a large and diverse group of Member States including but not limited to Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, the Republic of Korea and Singapore).
Asia Pacific Group Statement for SCCR 27- final
Thank you Mr. Chairman
Good morning dear colleagues.
I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of Asia Pacific group.
The WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR27) is currently discussing Article 6 (Scope of Application) of the working text of the proposed Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations (SCCR/27/2).
The United States of America delivered this nuanced intervention on the Scope of Application.
KEI comment to SCCR 27 on the proposed Broadcasters Treaty
KEI is a non-profit organization representing consumer and public interests and seeking better outcomes for knowledge governance.
KEI opposes continued discussions in the SCCR on the treaty for broadcasting, for the following reasons.
1. The broadcasting organizations have failed to explain (a) the problem the treaty is supposed to address, (b) how the proposed text is related to the alleged problem.
On Tuesday, 29 April 2014, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) will convene a panel at WIPO headquarters entitled, The Tunis Model Law on Copyright for Developing Countries: Is it Time for an Update?
This short note is about giving people the heads up about four upcoming USPTO public meetings relating to copyright policy making: re remixes, digital first sale and calibration of statutory damages. It is a good example of ONE US agency (PTO is within a Task Force) wisely seeking "additional input from the public in order for the Task Force to have a complete and thorough record upon which to make recommendations." But this blog post is also about a really bad example: USTR.
SCCR27: UK proposal on the Proposed WIPO treaty on the protection of broadcasting organizations (the BBC experience)Submitted by thiru on 14. April 2014 - 6:28
On 8 April 2014, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland submitted a paper to the 27th session of WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) on the Proposed WIPO treaty on the protection of broadcasting organizations (SCCR/27/3). In its proposal, the UK endeavors to "shed light on a number of different technologies already being used by broadcasters from around the world" including the deployment of the BBC iPlayer and the BBC Red Button services.
32 Members of US House of Representatives ask USTR to sanction Canada for not granting patents on drugsSubmitted by James Love on 11. April 2014 - 14:21
The attached letter, dated April 10, 2014 and signed by a bipartisan group of 32 members of the House of Representatives, asks USTR to elevate Canada to the Special 301 "priority watch list," for "violation of their international obligations" for not granting enough patents on "innovative medicines." According to the members of Congress signing the letter, Canada is in violation of its WTO TRIPS obligations.
On the Table for the next Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR27) April 28 to May 2Submitted by Manon Ress on 9. April 2014 - 11:06
What is on the table for the next Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights: Twenty-Seventh Session (SCCR/27) April 28 to May 2, 2014 (Geneva, Switzerland)?
On April 1, 2014, ViiV, a consortium of Pfizer and GSK, and the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP), announced two new licensing agreements that expand generic competition for dolutegravir (DTG), and integrase inhibitor used for the treatment of adult and pediatric HIV infection. (MPP press release here.) Dolutegravir is a new drug, approved for marketing by the US FDA on August 12, 2013.
Below is a two page excerpt from a March 20, 2014 EU analysis of the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations on intellectual property rights, including geographical indications. The memo summarizes in a sentence or two the negotiations in eight types of intellectual property, patents, copyrights, designs, pharmaceutical regulatory test data, plant varieties, trademarks, trade secrets, geographical indications (GIs), as well as negotiations on enforcement, voluntary best practices, and cooperation on third country and multilateral IPR negotiations.
Comments of KEI, regarding USTR Request For Comments From The Public On The Creation Of The Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee And Request For Nominees To That Committee.
Submitted to Regulations.gov on March 25, 2014, under docket number USTR-2014-0005.
Intellectual property issues are an important element of US trade agreements, and according to a recent study by Open Secrets, the most intensively lobbied issue, by far.
17 March 2014: The African Group highlights the hidden costs of implementing the Design Law Formalities TreatySubmitted by thiru on 22. March 2014 - 13:35
On 17 March 2014, the African Group delivered the following opening statement at the Thirty-First Session of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (SCT) highlighting the need for an inclusion of an article on technical assistance (with legally binding effect) in the proposed design law treaty. The African Group noted,
On 17 March 2014, the European Union and its Member States issued the following clarion call to the Thirty-First Session of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (SCT) urging the committee to "make a clear and unambiguous recommendation to convene a diplomatic conference to the upcoming Extraordinary General Assembly" for a Design Law Formalities Treaty.