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Deadlock at 14th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP)

After a around 10 hours of informal consultations today, it appears that the 14th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) has not reached consensus on new items for the Committee's consideration. From sources close to the negotiation, much of the wrangling dealt with whether to preserve the non-exhaustive nature of the list of issues identified at SCP 12 and SCP 13.

Suggestions by Asian Like-Minded Countries on Future Work of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP)

The members of the "Asian Like-Minded Countries" group are: India, Indonesia, Iran and Pakistan.


Agenda 8: Future Work

1. [Following a proposal by the Chair,] the Committee

(a) reaffirmed that the non-exhaustive list of issues identified at the twelfth session of the SCP held in June 2008, and updated at its 13 session, would remain open for further elaboration and discussion at its next session(1);

SCP 14: Draft text on Future Work

Around 4:20 PM CET, the following draft text was made available for for Member States' consideration. Currently, the countries are in informals considering the following text.

Around 5:50 PM, a draft text entitled "Suggestion by Asian Like-Minded Countries" was made available.

Among the key amendments suggested was the following language:

"Comments of Member States and Observers would be reflected in annexures appended to the respective studies"

Knowledge Ecology International statement on Opposition Systems WIPO SCP 14

The following intervention was delivered by KEI at the 14th session of the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) on the item related to opposition systems.

WIPO SCP 14
January 27, 2010

Knowledge Ecology International statement on 7(f): Opposition Systems

Thank you Mr Chair, for providing Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) with the opportunity to provide some thoughts on the Committee's work on opposition systems.

European Committee for Interoperable Systems (ECIS) intervention on standards and patents at WIPO SCP 14

Thank you Mr Chairman.

I'm taking the floor today on behalf of ECIS, the European Committee for Interoperable Systems.

ECIS would like to congratulate you on your election to the chair of this very important committee. We thank you for your generosity in giving us an opportunity to speak today. I will be very brief.

ECIS is an international non-profit association of IT companies, including IBM, Nokia, Sun Microsystems, Red Hat, Opera, Oracle and others.

It focuses on IP issues concerning interoperability and competition.

KEI briefing on patents, standards and enforcement at WIPO SCP

The following are slides from the KEI side event on patents, standards and remedies to infringement. These include the slides used by Thomas Vinje and Karsten Gerloff, and a text handout and slides from James Love.

KEI Statement at WIPO SCP 14

Dear Chairman,

Congratulations to the Chair and the Vice Chairs for their elections.

KEI is an NGO that focuses on new thinking about innovation, and also the protection of consumers.

Our comments will focus on the proposal by Brazil to address the SCP work program on patent limitations and exceptions, as set out in SCP/14/7.

KEI supports all of the elements of work set out in paragraphs 25 to 27 of SCP/14/7, which we see as logical and useful steps to begin an empirically based discussion of patent limitations and exceptions, focused on practical concerns.

Brazil's proposal at WIPO on patent limitations and exceptions (SCP/14/7)

On January 15, 2010 the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the World Trade Organization and other economic organizations in Geneva submitted a proposal to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The Brazilian note verbale to WIPO notes that the proposal:

"aims at contributing to the discussion of exceptions and limitations to patent rights. . . While not purporting to cover all interfaces of the matter with development concerns, it emphasizes the importance of promoting a wide and sustained debate on the issue in the SCP".

KEI comments in OSTP review of policies to deliver public access to results of taxpayer-funded research

Before The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

Regarding the development of policies to deliver public access to published results of taxpayer-funded research

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COMMENTS BY KNOWLEDGE ECOLOGY INTERNATIONAL

Knowledge Ecology International appreciates the opportunity to submit the following reply comments in connection with the Notice of Inquiry regarding enhancing public access to archived publications resulting from research funded by Federal science and technology agencies published in the Federal Register on December 31, 2009.

WHO report on method of work of the governing bodies

Friday, 22 January 2010

The 126th session of the Executive Board (EB) of the World Health Organization has deliberated over a Report by the WHO Secretariat entitled "Method of work of the governing bodies" (EB126/26) "has taken note of the report".

Here are some choice excerpts from the report.

Statement of Thailand to EB 126 (Jan 2010) on public health, innovation and intellectual property

The following statement was delivered by Thailand on Tuesday, 19 January 2010 during the discussion of agenda item 4.3 on public health, innovation and intellectual property. This statement requested Dr. Chan (Director-General, WHO) to conduct an investigation of the leaks of documents of the WHO Expert Working Group on R&D Financing to the IFPMA. In its statement, Thailand noted that the circle of trust had been broken.

Mr. Chairman,

I thank Madame DG to her explanation about the process and documentations including her constructive advices

Dec 9, 2009 Wikileaks documents related to the WHO EWG

On December 9, 2009, Wikileaks posted five sensitive documents related to the WHO Expert Working Group (EWG) on R&D Financing:

  • a non-public draft report of the WHO EWG
  • a non-public Comparative Analysis done by the EWG
  • the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) Overview of the EWG Comparative Analysis
  • an IFPMA summary slide on the EWG Draft Report
  • Bolivian statement to EB 126 (Jan 2010) on public health, innovation and intellectual property

    This is the statement that the Government of Bolivia delivered on January 19, 2010 at the 126th session of the WHO Executive Board public health, innovation and intellectual property including their views on the EWG process and the Executive Summary of the WHO Expert Working Group on R&D Financing.

    The heart of Bolivia's intervention is encapsulated in the penultimate paragraph of their intervention.

    World Health Organization (WHO) to hold consultation on report of Expert Working Group on R&D financing

    At the end of a dramatic debate that began yesterday, the Executive Board (EB) of the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed to hold a special consultation on the report of the WHO Expert Working Group (EWG) on R&D Financing. A face-to-face meeting will be held on May 13, a few days before the 63rd WHA begins on 17 May. There will also be opportunities for web submissions on the EWG report. In addition, Dr.

    Brazilian statement to EB 126 (Jan 2010) on public health, innovation and intellectual property

    On Monday, 18 January 2010, Brazil delivered the following statement to the 126th session of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) under agenda item 4.3 "public health, innovation and intellectual property". In her intervention, the delegate of Brazil stressed,

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