- Obama Administration Recommends Senate Ratify Marrakesh Treaty for the Blind; Implementation Language Would Limit Exports
- WTO TRIPS Council (March 2016) to discuss Intellectual Property and Innovation: Education and Diffusion
- Obama asks the Senate to ratify the Marrakesh treaty for the blind
- USPTO White Paper Suggests Statutory Factors To Clarify Extent of Statutory Damages for Copyright Infringement
- NIH acknowledges KEI/UACT request to use royalty-free or march-in rights on Xtandi
- Feasibility study on a TDR pooled fund for R&D to be released on 20 February 2016
- SAVE THE DATE - 26 January 2016: Implications of the TPP and RCEP on Universal Health Coverage
- Xtandi 2016 March-In Request
- Knowledge Ecology International joins amicus brief on non-copyrightability of model laws and statutes
- 51 members of Congress have asked the NIH to use March-In rights to rein in high drug prices
The recently obtained US draft text for the intellectual property rights chapter for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) contains provisions that go far beyond the requirements of international agreements as well as the standards of US law itself. One particular area of concern involves the broad definition of patent eligible subject matter that fails to provide for any exception from patentability for surgical methods or procedures. Nor does the draft language contain any exception for the enforcement of surgical method patents.
KEI has obtained the February 10, 2011 US government draft of the intellectual property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).
United States Patent and Trademark Office’s "Humanitarian Pilot Proposal." Comments by KEI, MSF, Oxfam, PC and UAEMSubmitted by James Love on 7. March 2011 - 13:21
The USPTO is considering a pilot program to consider the benefits of providing a voucher for certain accelerated reviews of patent applications, as a reward for licensing patents for humanitarian uses. On March 2, 2011, Anne Guha provided a very useful summary of public comments on the proposal, which is available here: http://www.keionline.org/node/1074
Interview with David Hammerstein regarding negotiations on WIPO treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilitiesSubmitted by KEI Staff on 6. March 2011 - 14:50
David Hammerstein is a former Member of the European Parliament from Spain. He now works for the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD). Among other things, he is an advocate for a new WIPO copyright treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities. The following is an interview with David, carried out from March 3 to March 6 by email.
Intervention of Brazil to the WTO TRIPS Council (March 2011) providing details about the Brazilian HIV treatment programSubmitted by thiru on 3. March 2011 - 4:53
On Tuesday, 1 March 2011, Brazil made the following intervention at the WTO Council for TRIPS during discussions of the paragraph 6 system.
Brazil welcomes the opportunity for this follow-up to the review on the implementation of the paragraph 6 system. Our aim here is to assess whether this system is indeed an expeditious solution for countries lacking manufacturing capacity and to address any shortcomings for the system’s effective operation.
Comments on Incentivizing Humanitarian Technologies and Licensing Through the Intellectual Property SystemSubmitted by Anne Mira Guha on 2. March 2011 - 23:00
On September 20, 2010, the PTO published "Request for Comments on Incentivizing Humanitarian Technologies and Licensing Through the Intellectual Property System" in the Federal Register (75 Fed. Reg. 57261, available here):
Michel Barnier tells the European Blind Union the EU does not support a treaty for persons with disabilitiesSubmitted by James Love on 2. March 2011 - 8:08
On March 2, 2011, Michel Barnier, the EC Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, wrote to Dan Pescod of the European Blind Union, to defend the European Commission decision to back a soft alternative to a treaty at WIPO. (More context, including the text of all of the proposals at WIPO, here.
On 20 February 2011, Dr. Keiji Fukuda, Assistant Director-General - Health Security and Environment, World Health Organization, responded to KEI's letter (16 February 2011) regarding McKinsey, vaccine policy and competing interests. Here is the response in full (email contacts have been redacted).
From: "Fukuda, Keiji"
Date: February 20, 2011 4:14:05 PM GMT+01:00
To: "Thiru Balasubramaniam"
Apparently it is now down to seven final candidates to be the new US Register of Copyrights. These include two employees of the Copyright Office (Carson and Kasunic), a lawyer in private practice (Fries), a full time professor (Brauneis), a professor/USPTO negotiator (Hughes), a trade negotiator (McCoy), and a representative of a trade association (Perlmutter). By gender, the finalists are two women, and five men.
They are, in alphabetical order:
WBU suspends participation in WIPO & EU Stakeholder discussions, pending agreement at WIPO on legal frameworkSubmitted by James Love on 27. February 2011 - 15:15
On February 26, 2011, the World Blind Union issued a statement announcing it would "suspend participation in the WIPO Stakeholder Platform and EU Stakeholder Dialogue projects, pending agreement at WIPO on a proper binding legal framework." [See full statement below]. The WBU statement is expected to dramatically change the environment for considering a new WIPO treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities.
Congressional Research Service reports are prepared in response to requests from members of congress. For decades, right to know groups have been asking that they be available online. The CRS describes itself as follows:
On 15 February 2011, the Co-Chairs of the WHO Open-Ended Working Group of Member States on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness: sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits (OEWG) held a consultation with civil society. The Co-chairs of the OEWG are Ambassador J. Gomez-Camacho, Mexico and Ambassador B. Angell-Hansen, Norway.
Four Green/EFA MEPs (from four parties and four countries) have asked a follow-up question on ACTA and the Vienna Connection, trying to get at the "is the US bound?" issue.
Greens/EFA MEPs Christian Engström, Judith Sargentini, Sandrine Beliér and Jan Albrecht have asked the European Commission this follow-up question on ACTA and Vienna Convention:
On 4 February 2011, WikiLeaks passed on to the UK newspaper, The Telegraph, a cable dated 1 November 2007 from the US Embassy in London entitled "UK AGREES WITH US APPROACH TO UPCOMING WHO INTERGOVERNMENTAL WORKING GROUP ON PUBLIC HEALTH, INNOVATION, AND IP" signed by "LEBARON".