- WHA69: Draft resolution (A69/B/CONF./7) on CEWG follow-up charts course for WHO's work on R&D
- WHO to Colombia Minister of Health: Unaffordable drug prices are a legitimate reason for issuing a compulsory license
- 28 Organizations Ask President Obama to Support Colombian Compulsory License on Expensive Leukemia Drug
- HAI/KEI intervention at the WHA69 on the negotiations on an R&D agreement
- Sens. Sherrod Brown and Bernie Sanders send letter to USTR condemning pressure on Colombia compulsory license for cancer drug
- 15 House Dems Press USTR to Clarify Position on Compulsory Licensing of cancer drug patent in Colombia
- Senator Hatch Defends Pressure on Colombia in Interview Regarding Imatinib
- WHA 69: Colombian Minister of Health Calls on WHO to Support the Regulation of Drug Monopolies
- Letter from KEI, Public Citizen, Oxfam America and Health GAP to Senator Hatch, regarding Colombia Compulsory License
- 13 non-profits urge Senate HELP Committee to block floor amendments to 21st Century Cures Act counterpart
Day 2 SCCR31 Object of Protection discussion started a 12:45pm. At 1pm we left for lunch and a meeting on education.
II. OBJECT OF PROTECTION
(1) The protection granted under this Treaty extends only to broadcasts transmitted by, or
on behalf of, a broadcasting organization, but not to works or other protected subject
matter carried on them.
(2) The provisions of this Treaty shall not provide any protection in respect of mere
retransmissions by any means.
(3) Broadcasting organizations shall also enjoy protection for simultaneous or near
Day 2 of SCCR31. The morning session was well attended and took place in the "old" and smaller meeting room. Delegates and NGOs can see each other in this room and it was leading to quite a bit of diplomacy and thus most probably consensus. Here is a selection of interventions regarding definitions of retransmission as stated in the Chair's text under discussion:
(d) (1) “retransmission” means the transmission by any means of a broadcast [/cablecast] by any other entity than the original broadcasting [/cablecasting] organization, whether
WIPO SCCR 31 is having a text based discussion of the language for a proposed broadcasting treaty. The meeting is open to NGOs, instant transcripts are streamed over the Internet, and the proceedings are webcast. I was allowed to make to technical interventions this afternoon on the definitions. This is a slightly edited version of my second intervention, on the question of whether or not to have separate definitions for broadcasting and cable casting.
The Delegation of India made the following elegant but extremely to the point statement:
Opening Statement by India on the Broadcasting Treaty at the 31st session of the Standing Committee Copyright and Related Rights at WIPO on 7 December 2015, delivered by Dr. Sumit Seth, First Secretary (Economic)
Thank your Mr. Chairman
DAY 1 (12/7/15) SCCR 31 Re Definitions
This is the text the member states are dicussing this afternoon:
For the purposes of this Treaty:
(a) “signal” means an electronically generated carrier capable of transmitting a broadcast or
cablecast encrypted or not which carries the programmed output of a broadcasting organization.
(b) (1) “broadcasting” means the transmission by wireless means for reception by the
public of sounds or of images or of images and sounds or of the representations thereof, such
At the close of the last meeting (June 29 to July 3, 2015), the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) requested that the Chair prepare for its next session (December 7 to 11, 2015) a "consolidated text" with respect to 1) definitions, 2) object of protection, and 3) rights to be granted for the proposed treaty for the protection of broadcasting and cablecasting organizations.
1 December 2015
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP 23)
KEI Statement on Patents and Health
Thank you Madame Chair
KEI’s Initial Comments on the MPP/BMS license to patents and know-how for daclatasvir (DCV)
November 23, 2015
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) notes the successful conclusion of negotiations between Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) and the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) for a royalty-free license and technology transfer agreement on daclatasvir (DCV), an important new medicine for the treatment of the hepatitis C virus (HCV), and offers comments on the agreement.
23 November 2015: Opening statement of Asia and the Pacific Group at Tenth Session of WIPO Advisory Committee on EnforcementSubmitted by thiru on 23. November 2015 - 5:38
The tenth session of the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE) meets from Monday, 23 November 2015 to Wednesday, 25 November 2015.
As noted by WIPO, the
Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE) was established by the 2002 WIPO General Assemblies with a mandate to carry out technical assistance and coordination in the field of enforcement (norm-setting is explicitly excluded from the mandate).
US ITC notice for public comment, Jan 13, 2016 hearing, and Commission report on the TransPacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)Submitted by KEI Staff on 17. November 2015 - 17:02
Here is the US International Trade Commission (USITC) notice for the public hearing, public comments and Commission report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The deadlines and other requirements for participation may be strictly enforced. Note the ITC anticipates transmitting its report to the President and the Congress on May 18, 2016.
Attached is a PDF file with my testimony this morning for the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) hearing on
"Economic Impact of Trade Agreements Implemented Under Trade Authorities Procedure”, 2016 Report. Inv. No.: 332555 November 17, 2015
Manon Ress also provided testimony at this hearing, for the Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT). A copy of her testimony is available here.
This is the tentative witness list for the November 17, 2015 United States International Trade Commission (USITC) hearing on "Economic Impact of Trade Agreements Implemented Under Trade Authorities Procedure, 2016 Report. Inv. No.: 332-555"
The August 4, 2015 USITC notice about the hearing is here.
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan addressed civil society and policy-oriented “think tanks” on November 12, 2015, and “challenge[d]” them to “help with issues that keep me awake at night.” Specifically, she mentioned the problems with pharmaceutical patents, high drug prices as a barrier to access, and the current system of incentives for new drug innovation. Dr. Chan also raised concerns about the the TPP, which she said may raise drug prices and harm access to generics.
Nestled at the end Intellectual Property Watch's (IP-Watch) brilliant reportage of a US Chamber of Commerce event - "Has the Sun Set on Multilateral Rulemaking on IP?” - is a quote by Patrick Kilbride (Executive Director, U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global IP Center) praising the efforts of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in WTO negotiations on the LDC waiver for pharmaceutical products.