- TDR and the Pooled Fund for R&D: WHO demonstration projects and CEWG follow-up
- OMB's Revised Guidance on Appointment of Lobbyists to Federal Advisory Committees, Boards, and Commissions
- Gilead's US patient access programs for Sovaldi
- Some recent cancer drug prices
- Money speaks: USTR releases letters from Congress backing PhRMA on exclusive rights biologic test data in TPP
- Gilead's MPP license for tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) patents
- Hepatitis research and development timeline
- WIPO General Assembly 2014: Hard Decisions on the Design Law Treaty and Treaty for Protection of Genetic Resources
- Hepatitis C Virus patent assignments: patents with HCV in the patent claim
- KEI Policy Brief: Non-Voluntary use of HCV patents in the United States
ACTA is a beefed up version of the WTO TRIPS enforcement sections, without the balance and safeguards of the agreement as whole.
- The ACTA has ignored or left out the safeguards in TRIPS Articles 1, 6, 7, 8, 40 and 44.2.
- The ACTA has refashioned in a more restrictive and anti-consumer way Articles 41, 44.1, 45, 46,47, 50, most of Section 4, and Article 61.
This is a note about the leaked ACTA documents, that have been reported now by several news organizations and bloggers.*
On September 30, 2009, the EU wrote a three page memo on the Internet chapter of ACTA. This is about a week after the USTR held a secret meeting with selected corporate lobbyists and lawyers to debate the ACTA Internet under terms of a tough non-disclosure agreement.
The final stretch of 2009 ushers in a host of meetings at Geneva based institutions including the WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement, the WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property, the WTO Ministerial, the WHO Expert Working Group and the Standing Committee on Copyright. To keep abreast of the hive of activity emanating from WIPO, WHO and WTO, here is a roadmap to keep track of the various meetings.
November 2, 2009
African-Arab Seminar on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions: Addressing the Needs of Affected Constituencies
The following is a letter that was sent on November 3, 2009 to President Obama, asking that the negotiations regarding ACTA be made more transparent.
While the letter was sent on November 3, 2009, people may add their names to the online version of the petition, by sending a note to Malini Aisola at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more background on ACTA and the disputes over transparency, see
Speech of Mike Foster, UK Minister for International Development at launch of Industry Government Forum on Access to MedicinesSubmitted by thiru on 21. October 2009 - 4:32
On October 12, 2009, the "Industry Government Forum on Access to Medicines" (IGFAM) was launched. The UK Minister for International Development, MP Mike Foster made a a speech to launch this initiative which is reproduced below.
Presentations were also made by Pfizer (Ponni Subbiah), GSK (Abbas Hussain), Rajiv Venkayya (Gates Foundation), Prashant Yadav (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Suerie Moon (Research Fellow and Doctoral Candidate, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University).
Distributed earlier on Wikileaks, this is reportedly is an internal Sun document, discussing a strategy to migrate Oracle users to MySQL.
"Project Peter is an internal effort to assist Sun / MySQL customers in migrating from Oracle to MySQL by offering them a comprehensive solution that consists of Professional Services, Best Practices, and a set of approved third party migration tools and utilities that will enable them to move to MySQL in a way that is as easy as possible."
The Wellcome Trust convened an "Opinion Formers Conference" on "Counterfeit Medicines: Perspectives and Action" on Monday 26 October 2009. The speakers at this meeting included Dr Hans Hogerzeil, Director of Essential Medicines
USPTO has sent KEI a letter, rejecting our request for a fee waiver for processing a September 30, 2009, freedom of information Act (FOIA) request. The FOIA focused on these items:
Today, Richard Stallman, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) and the Open Rights Groups (ORG) sent a letter to Neelie Kroes, Commissioner for Competition for the European Commission expressing their opposition to Oracle's acquisition of MySQL as part of the proposed Oracle-Sun merger. The letter is available here.
Updated October 16, 2009, 11:10 am
White House shares the ACTA Internet text with 42 Washington insiders, under non disclosure agreementsSubmitted by James Love on 13. October 2009 - 16:10
On November 4-6, 2009, the next round of negotiations for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Negotiations (ACTA) will take place in Seoul, Korea. The following is another strange chapter in the secrecy surrounding this negotiation.
Since ACTA was first announced, KEI has pressed the negotiating governments to provide more transparency, including recently, for example
The World Intellectual Property Organization has convened an "Open-Ended Forum on Proposed Development Agenda Projects" (October 13-14, 2009). According to WIPO,
Comments on inadequacy of voluntary measures to ensure equal access to copyrighted works for persons with reading disabilitiesSubmitted by Malini Aisola on 7. October 2009 - 14:20
In discussions about a possible WIPO Treaty for persons who are blind or have other reading disabilities, there have been suggestions by some that voluntary licensing by rights holders presents a sufficient solution to the problem. I studied several publications since 1985 to take a closer look at this viewpoint and find out what were the common perceptions.