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Intervention of the South Centre at EB134 expressing solidarity with the Republic of South Africa

On Thursday, 23 January 2014, the South Centre delivered the following statement at the 134th session of the World Health Organization's Executive Board under agenda item 9.7, access to essential medicines, expressing solidarity with the Government of the Republic of South Africa following the Pharmagate exposé.


Blogs and Press coverage of Pharma/Medicine device industry lobbying on South Africa patent reform (pharmagate)

Boseley, Sarah. 17 January 2014. "South African pharma firms accused of planning to delay patents law reform." The Guardian.

De Wet, Phillip. 17 January 2014. "Motsoaledi: Big pharma's 'satanic' plot is genocide." Mail & Guardian.

Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers explains: Nexavar cancer drug is for "western patients who can afford it.”

Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers called the Nexavar compulsory license “essentially theft.”

[UPDATE: The latest blog and transcript of Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers' full quote on the Indian compulsory license of Nexavar at the December Financial Times event is now available.]

New leaked Merck missive reveals deep drug, medical device company opposition to South African patent reforms

James K Glassman
James K. Glassman. Merck said Glassman's public relations firm was selected by PhRMA to lead a campaign to keep drug prices high in South Africa. The Health Minister in South Africa referred to the campaign proposal as a genocidal conspiracy of satanic magnitude.

KEI testimony on WIPO broadcasting treaty, to House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and Internet

Testimony of James Packard Love
Hearing on: The Scope of Copyright Protection
January 14, 2014
Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

My 10 page written statement is here:

My 5 minute oral statement follows:

James Packard Love, Opening statement

Hearing on: The Scope of Copyright Protection
January 14, 2014
Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

WIPO hosts Conference on Open Innovation: Collaborative Projects and the Future of Knowledge (22-23 January 2014)

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will host a "Conference on Open Innovation: Collaborative Projects and the Future of Knowledge" on 22-23 January 2014 at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

The origins of this conference on open collaborative development models is predicated upon Recommendation 36 of the WIPO Development Agenda which states:

Fast track trade bill fails to correct asymmetric secrecy of trade negotiations

Today Senators Bacus and Hatch introduced fast track legislation in the Senate. The words transparent or transparency appear 17 times in the 107 page bill, but only twice in connection with "Trade Institution Transparency."

LESI to convene Global Technology Impact Forum (20-21 January 2014) at WIPO followed by dinner at the Mandarin Oriental

The Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI) is convening its annual Global Technology Impact Forum (GTIF) at the headquarters of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) from 20 to 21 January 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. Although this international forum is hosted in Room A at WIPO headquarters, this event (at the time of publication of this blog) does not appear on the calendar of WIPO events for January 2014.

USPTO 2013 utility patent grants (notes on country of assignment, invention class, government rights in patents)

In 2013, the USPTO issued 277,861 utility patents, a new record in terms of the numbers of patent grants, and an increase of 9.8 percent over 2012.*

Country of Assignment

Of the total, 126,574 (45.6 percent) were assigned to a US owner, a small increase in the percent held by US entities over 2012.

Final conclusions, as approved, for meeting of WIPO SCCR 26

Below is the final version of the conclusions from SCCR 26 (followed at the end with a short KEI commentary).

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)
Twenty–sixth Session
Geneva, December 20, 2013


Protection of Broadcasting Organizations

SCCR 26 Proposed conclusions at a glance

Proposed conclusions to SCCR 26

See PDF. Note that PDF has pages 2&3 out of order

Conclusions at a glance:

Item #1 At SCCR 26, Broadcasting Treaty: the proposed treaty is moving forward toward a diplomatic conference in 2015. It includes transmission over the internet. Paragraphs 1 to 10.

Proposed conclusions to SCCR 26

See PDF attachment. Note that PDF has pages 2 and 3 out of order.

WIPO Broadcasting Treaty is gaining momentum; possible Moscow treaty 2015?

SCCR 26 December 20, 2013 afternoon: workplan discussion

After 5 days of diplomatic if not collegial meetings (at least in plenary, I do not really know what is going on in informals), the last day afternoon session is quite tense. The conclusions have been drafted (I briefly saw a leaked version) and the group coordinators have met with the Chair.

SCCR 26 Discussions regarding education & persons with other disabilities (12/20/13)

Discussions regarding an "International legal instrument in whatever form on limitations and exceptions for educational teaching and research institutions and persons with other disabilities" 12/20/13

Friday December 20, 2013 10am to 1pm

SCCR26: US Intervention on Exceptions and Limitations for Educational Activities

The United States of America delivered the following intervention on Exceptions and Limitations for Educational Activities at SCCR 26 on Friday morning, 20 December 2013.

United States of America

Intervention on Exceptions and Limitations for Educational Activities
SCCR/26, December 20, 2013

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