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Senator Wyden's letter to the USTR on ACTA

Senator Wyden has written to the USTR posing 11 questions aiming to clarify the specific objectives of the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The next round of negotiations are scheduled to take place in Mexico during the week of January 25. The letter is available here.

Key dates for WIPO negotiations in 2010

On December 21, 2009, WIPO sent out a circular note (C.N 3066) indicating "provisional dates for the principal committees and bodies of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) that will meet in 2010".

Here are provisional dates of key negotiations to bear in mind when planning your agenda for 2010.

SCP
WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents, SCP, (14th session): January 25-29, 2010.

WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents, SCP, (15th session): October 11-15, 2010

SCCR

Official executive summary of the report of the WHO Expert Working Group on Research and Development Financing

23 December 2009

The Official Executive Summary and Recommendations of the Report of the Expert Working Group on Research and Development Financing to the Executive Board has been published on the website of the WHO Executive Board as document EB126/6 Add.1. It has a provisional agenda item number of 4.3. The official WHO link to this Executive Summary is: http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EB126/B126_6Add1-en.pdf

Official Conclusions from WIPO SCCR 19

These are the Conclusions of the Nineteenth Session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) held in Geneva, Switzerland from December 14 to 18, 2009. The official WIPO link to these Conclusions is: http://www.wipo.int/meetings/en/doc_details.jsp?doc_id=130644

World Intellectual Property Organization
Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)
Nineteenth Session
Geneva, December 14 to 18, 2009

CONCLUSIONS

LIMITATIONS AND EXCEPTIONS

SCCR 19: Full text of Version 3.0 of "DRAFT CONCLUSION" prepared by the Chair

Version 3.0 of the "DRAFT CONCLUSIONS" prepared by the Chair is being considered right now at the 19th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR).

World Intellectual Property Organization
Standing Committee On Copyright And Related Rights (SCCR)
Nineteenth Session
Geneva, December 14 to 18, 2009

Version 3.0
December 18, 2009

DRAFT CONCLUSIONS

prepared by the Chair

LIMITATIONS AND EXCEPTIONS

Version 3.0 of Draft Conclusions of SCCR 19 (Paragraph 7 and 10 on limitations and exceptions)

18 December 2009

Below is the language of paragraph 7 of the draft conclusions of SCCR 19 contained in the "Draft Conclusions Version 3.0" document distributed this afternoon.

EU proposal calls for deletion of "treaty" for persons with disabilities at SCCR 19

Below is the language of paragraph 7 of the draft conclusions of SCCR 19 contained in the "Draft Conclusions Version 2.0" document distributed this morning:

Friday morning version of the draft conclusions for SCCR 19

This was distributed early this morning, and we are discussing it now.

World Intellectual Property Organization
Standing Committee On Copyright And Related Rights (SCCR)
Nineteenth Session
Geneva, December 14 to 18, 2009 Version 2.0
December 17, 2009

DRAFT CONCLUSIONS

prepared by the Chair

LIMITATIONS AND EXCEPTIONS

Draft Conclusions of SCCR 19.... noon Dec 17 version

World Intellectual Property Organization
Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)
Nineteenth Session
Geneva, December 14 to 18, 2009

DRAFT CONCLUSIONS

prepared by the Chair

LIMITATIONS AND EXCEPTIONS

1.New studies: The Committee expressed its appreciation for the studies prepared by outanding experts, and thanked them for their presentations in the Information Meeting on Limitations and Exceptions for Educational Activities, organized on the first day of the meetings.

WIPO SCCR: CIS Statement in support of the WBU Treaty

Statement of the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Bangalore, on the matter of the Treaty for the Blind, Visually Impaired and other Reading Disabled, proposed by Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay.

16th December, 2009

WIPO SCCR: ONCE Statement in support of the WBU Treaty

La Organización Nacional de Ciegos de España (ONCE) agradece la oportunidad que nos ha brindado de tomar la palabra en esta importante sesion del SCCR para pedir el apoyo a la propuesta de tratado de la Union Mundial de Ciegos, organización de la que la ONCE es miembro.

La ONCE da servicio exclusivo a sus afiliados, que han de ser personas ciegas y deficientes visuales con nacionalidad española. Actualmente la ONCE tiene 70000 afiliados, y su número crece en 4000 cada año.

WIPO SCCR 19: European Commission statement on exceptions and limitations

Information for the SCCR at WIPO 14-18 December, 2009.

Mr Chairman,

I would like to take this opportunity, in the framework of our discussions on exceptions and limitations, to inform you about what the European Commission has been doing over the past year and a half and is preparing for the future.

Notes and US Statement at WIPO SCCR 19 (December 14-18, 2009)

12:45 pm Geneva, Switzerland.

Today, December 15, 2009 at the 19th session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights at WIPO, member states started to consider the proposed treaty to facilitate access to copyright materials for people with reading disabilities. Ecuador, Brazil and Paraguay, the sponsors of the treaty briefly presented their proposal. We then had a break for lunch and attended an informal session. On the table right outside of the main room, I found a joint statement dated of SCCR 17 (November 2008) opposing the treaty.

United States of America Statement on Copyright Exceptions and Limitations for Persons with Print Disabilities

World Intellectual Property Organization
Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)
Nineteenth Session
December 14-18, 2009

United States of America Statement on Copyright Exceptions and Limitations for Persons with Print Disabilities

As Delivered
December, 2009

Geneva, Switzerland

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

The United States is proud to have a series of specific exceptions and limitations in our copyright law, including for education, libraries, and persons with print disabilities.

KEI Statement on UNITAID Decision to Approve Creation of a Patent Pool for AIDS medicines

On Monday, December 14, the UNITAID board passed a resolution to establish a Patent Pool for AIDS medicines. The decision caped a dramatic debate on the proposal, which had been before UNITAID since 2006, and had been discussed in other fora since 2002. The following is a statement by KEI on the UNITAID decision, followed by background on the UNITAID patent pool proposal, including a copy of the UNITAID press release.

Statement of James Love, Director of KEI, on the UNITAID Patent Pool:

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