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.


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

EU Challenge for ACTA: Transferring Personal Data to Unsafe Countries

The European Union has a long tradition of protecting personal information. Since the 70’s, some European countries have adopted domestic law that regulates the processing of personal data. Starting in the 90's, the European Union has approved several directives that provide a communitarian legal framework for processing personal data. Simultaneously, several countries in Europe have modified their constitutions in order to include provisions that guarantee the right to privacy and the right to protection of personal data.

KEI statement in opposition to the OECD draft text on the Principles of Internet Policy Making

On June 29, while the OECD civil society group CSISAC (80+ NGOs) debated the text of a high level statement on the Principles of Internet Policy Making, I sent this missive to the group discussing the text, expressing KEI's opposition to the draft statement.

Notes from the Seventh Round of TPPA Negotiations in Vietnam

Last week I attended the seventh round of negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) that took place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I was able to meet negotiators from all nine negotiating parties and was able to discuss our concerns regarding the proposed U.S. IP chapter for the TPPA, including, in particular, access to medicines and the right to health. I was also able to distribute the joint civil society comments previously submitted to the U.S.

21 submissions to the WHO Consultative Expert Working Group on R&D Financing

In response to the WHO Consultative Expert Working Group on R&D Financing's (CEWG) calls for submissions, 21 proposals were submitted to the CEWG in June 2011 for consideration by the CEWG at their second meeting (7-8 July 2011).

The general link to the WHO CEWG submissions page can be found here: http://www.who.int/phi/news/cewg_submissions/en/index.html

Reproduced below from the WHO CEWG page are links to all the proposals in the order they appear on the WHO page.

Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination (CEWG)

SCCR debates way forward on new text for possible treaty for copyright exceptions for persons with disabilities

June 24: The current negotiating document on disabilities at the WIPO SCCR is SCCR/22/16. A new version Prov. 1 was passed out this morning.

SCCR22: Brazilian interventions in favor of a Treaty on exceptions and limitations to copyright for persons with disabilities

Mr Chairman,

It is with much pleasure that Brazil notes that we started this second week of the XXII SCCR with a text on the table that is co-sponsored by Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, México, Paraguay, and the United States and that is also supported by the EU.

U.S. employment and wages in 14 information sectors

I have another blog that deals with U.S. employment data from the information sector. This one provides May 2010 employment and wage data from fourteen 4- and 5-digit NAICS industry groups in the "Information Sector."

Notes on the data

KEI Statement in opposition to a WIPO Treaty for Broadcasting Organizations

KEI Statement on the Broadcast Treaty at WIPO SCCR 22
June 21, 2011

KEI opposes work at WIPO on a new treaty for broadcasting organizations.

To the extent that creative works are distributed through broadcasting networks, they are nearly always protected by copyright.

In the small cases where the broadcast involves material in the public domain, it would be a mistake to give the broadcaster an intellectual property right, merely for transmitting information.

BLS Estimates of Employment in the Sound Recording Industries

I was asked recently to look at some data on employment in the copyright industry. This addresses one set of data points, the BLS estimates of US employment in the Sound Recording Industries.

Occupational Employment Statistics

NAICS 2-Digit Industry Specific Estimates, May 2010

51 Information 2,708,760

NAICS 3-Digit Industry Specific Estimates, May 2010

511 Publishing Industries, except Internet, 758,090, 28.0%
512 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries, 371,450, 13.7%
515 Broadcasting (except internet), 292,010, 10.8%
517 Telecommunications, 909,780, 33.6%

Right to Privacy in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP ) Negotiations

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has declared an intention to have all its proposals on intellectual property protections by the commencement of the next round of TPP talks in Vietnam June 20-24, 2011. On a fast timetable, TPP negotiators have already announced that they want to finalize TPP by the summit meetings of the members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation on November 8-13, 2011 in Hawaii. The TPP will impact health, access to knowledge, and without the necessary safeguards, the right to privacy.

Pictures from the WIPO SCCR negotiations on a treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities

These are pictures from the WIPO negotiations on a treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities.

Non paper distributed at SCCR 22 at 1pm on Friday, on disabilities

In a major breakthrough on the WIPO negotiations on copyright exceptions for persons with disabilities, at around 1pm today, a non-paper "resulting from informal discussions among Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, the European Union and its Member States, Mexico, Paraguay and the United States of America" was distributed at the WIPO SCCR 22.

A copy of the document is available here:


SCCR22: Intervention of Unión Latinoamericana de Ciegos (Latin American Union of the Blind)

On 16 June 2011, Pablo Lecuona delivered the following intervention on behalf of Intervention of Unión Latinoamericana de Ciegos at SCCR 22.

Gracias señor presidente.

Lo felicito ante todo por su elección al frente de este comité. hablo en Nombre de la Unión latinoamericana de Ciegos que reúne a las organizaciones de ciegos de los 19 países de América latina.

Report from SCCR 22 discussions of WIPO treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities

Members of the WBU delegation at WIPO SCCR 22

June 16, 10 am: There are good news and less good news to report from Geneva. While overall, things have moved in positive directions, with the US and the EU engaged in very constructive negotiations with Brazil and other treaty sponsors, there are still many frustrations.

SCCR 22: Opening statement of the Asian Group

Asian Group’s Statement
22nd session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights
(15-24 June 2011)

1. I have the honour to take the floor on behalf of the Asian Group.

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