- WIPO General Assembly: Worst ever?
- WIPO General Assembly 2014, 30 September 2014: Brazilian proposal on SCCR
- WIPO General Assembly 2014: Decision Paragraph on the Design Law Treaty-Decision punted till 2015
- WIPO General Assembly 2014: Draft decision on item 16 (IGC on genetic resources, traditional knowledge & folklore)
- WIPO General Assembly 2014: Decision Paragraph on the work of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)
- European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommends approval of Harvoni, Gilead's all oral HCV combination product
- House Judiciary Committee hearing on trade secret legislation, and the revolving door
- WIPO General Assembly 2014: KEI Statement on the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents
- WIPO General Assembly 2014: South Africa Intervention on the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP)
- WIPO General Assembly 2014: KEI statement on Matters Relating to the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)
WTO TRIPS Council (February 2014) - Ecuador's interventions on the contribution of IP to facilitate the transfer of green techSubmitted by thiru on 27. February 2014 - 4:07
On Tuesday, 25 February 2014, Ecuador delivered the following two interventions at the WTO TRIPS Council on agenda item 11 (Contribution of Intellectual Property to Facilitate the Transfer of Environmentally Rational Technology). The antecedent to this discussion item is a paper that Ecuador circulated to the TRIPS Council in February 2013 (IP/C/W/585) on the relationship between intellectual property and the transfer of environmentally sound technology. It's core ask was a Bali Ministerial Declaration on IP and environmentally sound technologies:
For non-trade specialists, a 'non-violation complaint' at the WTO effectively amounts to a complaint that a country has violated the spirit but not the letter of trade law. While countries can launch such disputes at the WTO for trade in goods and services, there is a moratorium on doing so over intellectual property rights.
WTO TRIPS Council (February 2014) - India's intervention on the contribution of IP to facilitate the transfer of green techSubmitted by thiru on 26. February 2014 - 8:38
On Tuesday, 25 February 2014, India delivered the following intervention at the WTO TRIPS Council on agenda item 11 (Contribution of Intellectual Property to Facilitate the Transfer of Environmentally Rational Technology). Ecuador tabled this agenda item.
Contribution of IP to facilitate the transfer of Environmentally Sound Technology
WTO TRIPS Council (February 2014) - India's intervention on IP and Innovation: University Technology PartnershipsSubmitted by thiru on 26. February 2014 - 8:24
On Tuesday, 25 February 2014, India delivered the following intervention at the WTO TRIPS Council on agenda item 12 (IP and Innovation: University Technology Partnerships). The United States of America tabled this standalone agenda item on University Technology Partnerships in the context of IP and Innovation.
Agenda 12 : IP and Innovation: University Technology Partnerships
Claire Cassedy did this interview at the KEI offices, following the February 24, 2014 USTR hearing on the Special 301.
Here is the REVISED agenda for the Special 301 hearing on February 24. Public Citizen has been added to the list of witnesses, and USTR now lists the names of the speakers for the various trade associations. Unlike recent years, the level of participation by major trade organizations is significant.
SPECIAL 301 PUBLIC HEARING
February 24, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.
Office of the United States Trade Representative
1724 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20508
The Special 301 Hearing is open to the public. Members of the press are welcome to attend.
TRIPS Council (February 2014) US tables agenda item on IP & Innovation: University Technology PartnershipsSubmitted by thiru on 19. February 2014 - 2:46
The following WTO airgram WTO/AIR/4240/REV.1 (14 February 2014) contains the agenda for the upcoming WTO Council for TRIPS meeting to be held in Geneva from Tuesday, 25 February 2014 to Wednesday, 26 February 2014.
Public Comments by Brian Pomper-Executive Director of the Innovation Alliance and Alliance for Fair Trade with IndiaSubmitted by thiru on 12. February 2014 - 9:34
Brian Arthur Pomper is a partner at the law firm of Akin Gump.
Mr. Pomper formerly served as chief international trade counsel to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT). In that role, he was responsible for advising Chairman Baucus and other members of the Senate Finance Committee on all aspects of the Committee’s international trade and economic agenda.
Special 301: NFTC puts plain packaging policies of Australia, EU, Thailand, UK, Ireland and New Zealand under the spotlightSubmitted by thiru on 11. February 2014 - 4:21
The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) submission (7 February 2014, Docket USTR-2013-0040) to USTR's 2014 Special 301 Review contains a section on plain packaging policies in the context of the protection of trademarks.
The Alliance for Fair Trade with India (AFTI) was created in June 2013, to lobby for "increased action to address the erosion of intellectual property rights ("IPR") in India." According to the group, it is "comprised of organizations representing a range of U.S. industries adversely impacted by India's troubling and frequently discriminatory policies, including manufacturing, agriculture, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and beyond."
NFTC, a US trade association, asks USTR to sanction China for issuing and enforcing "junk patents" (2014 submission)Submitted by James Love on 9. February 2014 - 16:40
A February 7, 2014 Special 301 submission from the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) asks USTR to bring trade sanctions against China for granting and enforcing "junk patents." The NFTC also wants patent enforcement to be strickly a private civil remedy (Contrast to the USTR demands that countries implement linkage between drug registration and patents), and complains about China rules that would require employers to more fairly compensation the Chinese inventors they
Transcript of Bayer CEO Marjin Dekkers quote at the December 3, 2013 FT Event, regarding India compulsory license of NexavarSubmitted by Claire Cassedy on 7. February 2014 - 9:25
On January 21, 2014, Ketaki Gokhale of Bloomberg published a story in Businessweek on disputes over drug patents. The story closed with a rather sinister quote attributed to Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers, "We did not develop this medicine for Indians.
US International Trade Commission Hearing, "Trade, Investment, and Industrial Policies in India: Effects on the US Economy"Submitted by Claire Cassedy on 6. February 2014 - 15:35
Next week, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) will hold a two-day hearing on "Trade, Investment, and Industrial Policies in India: Effects on the US Economy." The first session will take place Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 1:00pm and the second session will convene on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:30am. Both sessions will be held at the ITC in the Main Hearing Room (room 101) at 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC.
Composition of the WIPO Coordination Committee: 83 countries invested with power to nominate the WIPO Director GeneralSubmitted by thiru on 3. February 2014 - 15:15
According to a press release issued by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on 6 December 2013, four candidatures for the post of Director General were received before the deadline for nominations (5 PM, 6 December 2013) expired.
The WIPO press release noted that,
The candidates are (in alphabetical order of names of candidates): Mr. Francis Gurry (Australia), Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama (Nigeria), Mr. Jüri Seilenthal (Estonia), and Mr. Alfredo Suescum (Panama).