- Biolyse Pharma offers to supply enzalutamide (Xtandi) for $3 per pill to Medicare and developing countries
- KEI comment on USTR's 2016 Special 301 report
- Transparency of patents on medicines and other technologies
- WHO releases program of work and progress report in advance of Consultative Expert Working Group on R&D (2-4 May 2016)
- 2015 Oct 16 version: RCEP draft text for investment chapter
- Letter to HHS and NIH regarding impact of high prices on cost effectiveness of Xtandi
- 2015 Oct 15 version: RCEP IP Chapter
- Global pharmaceutical sales, by region, 2013-2015
- KEI comment on WIPO report on patents landscape for the WHO essential medicines list
- Obama Administration memo: "Background on TPP Biopharma Provisions" describes how TPP will raise drug prices
Le Mardi 6 Octobre j’ai eu l’opportunité de présenter à la journée “Les connaissances scientifiques : biens privés, publics ou communs?” qui à eu lieu à Paris. Ceci était une occasion pour discuter les “conflits de pouvoir en matière de gouvernance des connaissances scientifiques.”
Six NGOs — including Oxfam America, Health GAP, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), the Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT), the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (YP-CDN), and Public Citizen — sent a letter to President Obama today asking him to publicly express the United States’ “full and unconditional support” for the waiver of World Trade Organization (WTO) drug patent rules for Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
Contrast in privilege: US officials working to block WTO LDC drug patent waiver, and people affected by policySubmitted by James Love on 17. October 2015 - 16:57
On the left, the people in the Obama Administration trying to block a permanent waiver of WTO drug patent obligations for Least Developed Countries (as defined by the UN). On the right, some people living in least developed countries.
Ambassador Michael Forman. Head of USTR. Alma maters: Princeton, Oxford and Harvard Law. Formerly ran a hedge fund for Citibank.
On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, KEI staff and members of Public Citizen's Global Access to Medicines team demonstrated outside of the White House and USTR, urging the administration, especially USTR and Ambassador Michael Froman, to support a request for a permanent drug patent waiver for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) at the WTO.
Below are images from the protest action, also available in higher resolution here. And, yes, you can use these photos under any creative commons or wikimedia license.
In the early hours of Thursday morning, 15 October 2015, the WIPO General Assembly adopted the following decision related to the future work of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). There was no consensus on future work so the Assembly directed the SCCR to "continue its work" on the protection of broadcasting organizations and copyright limitations and exceptions.
Below you will find a collection of articles in the press and commentary by KEI relating to the request for LDC patent exemption on pharmaceutical products at the WTO.
Attached is a letter, dated October 14, 2015, from Senator Sherrod Brown to USTR's Ambassador Michael Froman, urging USTR to support a permanent waiver of WTO drug patent rules, for Least Developed Countries. Negotiations on this issue begin formally on October 15, 2015, during a meeting of the WTO TRIPS Council.
Among the money quotes:
Final draft, India National IPR Policy, by IP Think Tank constituted by DIPP, Ministry of Commerce and IndustrySubmitted by KEI Staff on 14. October 2015 - 5:47
This is a copy of recommendations for an Indian National IPR Policy, written by the "IP Think Tank," which was constituted by the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion(DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. A copy scanned from a hard copy is here.
The members of the IPR Think Tank were:
- Justice Prabha Sridevan (Retd) - Chairperson
- Mrs. Prathiba M. Singh, Senior Advocate - Member
- Mr. Narendra K. Sabharwal - Member & Convener
The World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) General Assembly is currently engaged five separate informal consultations on the following topics: 1) Lisbon Union, 2) the future of the Intergovernmental Committee on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore, 3) the work program of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), 4) the Design Law Treaty and 5) WIPO External Offices.
WTO TRIPS Council (October 2015) to discuss LDC extension for pharmaceuticals, non-violation, review of the Paragraph 6 systemSubmitted by thiru on 12. October 2015 - 11:56
The WTO TRIPS Council meets from Thursday, 15 October 2015 to Friday, 16 October 2015. The hot topics for consideration include agenda item 13 (Request from the LDC Group for an indefinite exemption from WTO IP obligations to provide patents for pharmaceutical products, agenda item 8 (non-violation and situation complaints), agenda item 7 (Review of the Paragraph 6 system) and agenda item 14 (a discussion item co-sponsored by Australia, the European Union and the United States on "Intellectual Property and Innovation: Entrepreneurialism and New Technologies).
Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) meet this week in Geneva (15 October 2015 - 16 October 2015) to decide if the poorest countries on earth are exempt from WTO rules for pharmaceutical patents. The WTO's TRIPS Council is expected to make a decision in respect of the request of the LDC Group's request for indefinite exemption from TRIPS obligations on pharmaceutical patents.
This is a video explaining the request by the Coalition for Affordable T-DM1 to use the Crown Use provisions in the UK patents law, in order to grant compulsory licences on the patents relating to the cancer drug T-DM1, marketed by Roche under the brand name Kadcyla. The video was produced and edited by Zack Struver for KEI, and features narration by Merith Basey from UAEM.
Press Releases and Articles about the IP Chapter of the TPP
Leaked text can be found here.
On 9 October 2015, Wikileaks released the final text of the IP chapter in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Jamie Love provided comments via twitter.
Updated: 9 October 2015
(In the order posted)
- Wikileaks has the October 5, 2015 version of the #TPP IP Chapter. https://wikileaks.org/tpp-ip3/WikiLeaks-TPP-IP-Chapter/WikiLeaks-TPP-IP-Chapter-051015.pdf
WIPO General Assembly 2015: Statement of United States on Broadcasting Treaty and Copyright Limitations and ExceptionsSubmitted by thiru on 8. October 2015 - 23:33
On Wednesday, 7 October 2015, the United States of America delivered the following statement on agenda item 12 (Report on the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights). The US expressed support for a broadcasting treaty under a signal-based approach, focused on "unauthorized simultaneous or near-simultaneous retransmission of broadcast signals to the public over any type of platform, including the Internet."
On copyright limitations and exceptions, the US expressed support for