- The Gilead HCV license: Glass half empty, or half full?
- KEI welcomes the Gilead HCV licenses, as a step to expand access to treatments. Notes challenges that remain
- Senator Wyden in 2012, on access to the TPP text
- WIPO General Assembly 2014: Hard Decisions on the Broadcast Treaty and work program on copyright limitations and exceptions
- 13 May 2014: WHO Technical Consultation on Innovative Models for New Antibiotics’ Development and Preservation
- 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
- January 2013: Proposal for the inclusion of trastuzumab in WHO EML for treatment of HER2-Positive Breast Cancer
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.
Korean civil society has asked KEI to disseminate this request for solidarity and action in their efforts to reduce the price of Gleevec, a leukemia treatment pill. The current price is approximately 2,300 USD per month for an adult patient and the Korean government has been sued by Novartis for trying to reduce the price a 14%. Korean civil society is also requesting Novartis to introduce a higher form, 400 mg, in Korea.
REQUEST for Solidarity:
Wanda Noel's 1985 Report on Problems Experienced by the Handicapped in Obtaining Access to Protected WorksSubmitted by James Love on 5. October 2009 - 21:33
In 1985, the Executive Committee for the Berne Convention and the Intergovernmental Committee of the Universal Copyright Convention published a report by Ms Wanda Noel, a Barrister and Solicitor from Ontario, Canada, on the topic of Problems Experienced by the Handicapped in Obtaining Access to Protected Works, as Annex II to a report of an agenda item "Copyright Problems Raised by the Access by Handicapped Persons to Protected Works."
Ms Noel's report is 26 pages, and is a readable and concise presentation of the main issues facing the WIPO SCCR today.
USTR head Ambassador Ron Kirk made another speech on intellectual property on September 30, 2009. The text of his speech is here. Below are a few relevant quotes.
On access to medicine:
This is a work in progress
Louis Braille invented a system of reading and writing by means of raised dots.
On October 1, 2009 the WIPO General Assembly renewed the mandate of the Intergovernmental Committee on Generic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore. Here below is the consensus decision reached by the General Assembly.
Bearing in mind the Development Agenda recommendations, the WIPO General Assembly agrees that that the mandate of the WIPO intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore be renewed as follows:
TABLE OF AUTHORITIES
INTEREST OF AMICUS CURIAE
THE GOAL OF THE PATENT REGIME IS NOT TO REWARD INVENTORS, BUT TO ENCOURAGE PROGRESS
India delivered the following intervention at MSF's workshop at the World Trade Organization Public Forum today. The title of the MSF workshop was "Controversy at customs - the detention of medicines in transit: what impact on access to medicines?"
Controversy at customs - the detention of medicines in transit: what impact on access to medicines?
Wednesday 30 September 2009, 14:15 to 16:15
WTO building, Room A
This is the general statement delivered by the representative of the World Blind Union today (September 29, 2009) at the WIPO General Assemblies.
The World Blind Union is the worldwide organisation representing the interests of 160 million blind and partially sighted persons in 177 member countries.
IGC is short for "The WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore. The IGC
was established by the WIPO General Assembly in October 2000 (document WO/GA/26/6) as an international forum for debate and dialogue concerning the interplay between intellectual property (IP), and traditional knowledge (TK), genetic resources, and traditional cultural expressions (TCEs)/(folklore).
The following is the statement read by the U.S. on the topic of the renewal of the IGC Mandate:
The following is the general statement that KEI delivered to the WIPO General Assembly on September 29, 2009.
General Statement of KEI
WIPO 2009 General Assembly
September 29, 2009
Outside of WIPO, some countries are involved in secretive negotiations on a new Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). KEI asks WIPO to adopt a resolution calling for an end to the secrecy of this negotiation. Global norms for the enforcement of IP should be transparent and benefit from comments from the public before decisions are made on substantive provisions.