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WTO TRIPS Council - Brazil, China, India and South Africa request discussion of the UN High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines

On Thursday, 27 October 2016, Brazil, China, India and South Africa submitted a communication (IP/C/W/619) to the World Trade Organization (WTO) requesting the WTO Secretariat to "place a dedicated agenda item for consideration at the 8-9 November 2016 session of the TRIPS Council entitled “the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel Report on Access to Medicines.” In the WTO submission, Brazil, China, India and South Africa enclosed the entire Final Report of the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Access to

Vivendi-SFR lobbyist nominated to WIPO

Vivendi-SFR lobbyist nominated to WIPO by Hervé Le Crosnier

On July 14, 2016, the former Vivendi-SFR lobbyist Sylvie Forbin was named Deputy Director General of the WIPO “Culture and Creative Industries Sector” (the World Intellectual Property Organization is a United Nations agency). Incidentally the new name of the Sector, “Copyright and Creative Industries,” is revealing of her future professional activities.

SCP 24 - A fruitful discussion?

30 June 2016

By Sophia Simon

The World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) plays a significant role as the United Nation’s only dedicated, multilateral forum for the discussion on patents. The WIPO SCP convened for its 24th session in Geneva from 27 June 2016 to 30 June 2016.

WIPO IGC30: Narrowing existing gaps relating to the protection of genetic resources?

By Sophia Simon

This week, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is convening the 30th session of the Intergovernmental Committee (IGC) on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (GRTKF) from 30 May 2016 to 3 June 2016. The goal of this week’s session is to "[u]ndertake negotiations on [genetic resources] GRs with a focus on addressing unresolved issues" and to consider "options for a draft legal instrument." The Committee is chaired by Ian Goss (Australia).

Switzerland pressures Colombia to deny compulsory license on imatinib

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Ambassador Livia Leu, Head of the Bilateral Economic Relations Division and Delegate of the Federal Council for Trade Agreements, Switzerland

Obama officials seek end of WIPO program on limitations and exceptions to patent rights in developing countries

During the WIPO 2014 General Assembly's discussions of patents and health in the context of the work of the Standing Committee on the Law of Patent (SCP), the Obama Administration embraced an aggressive position against WIPO technical assistance on the use of patent limitations and exceptions.

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Managing IP names KEI Director James Love as one of 50 Influential people shaping the future of IP

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On July, 2013, KEI Director James Love was named by Managing IP Magazine as one of 50 persons shaping the future of IP. From the article

WIPO’s development agenda committee unfolds against the backdrop of a looming Millenium Development Goal deadline

WIPO’s development agenda committee unfolds against the backdrop of a looming Millenium Development Goal deadline

3 June 2013

Kirsten Alisha Williams

WIPO’s development agenda committee unfolds against the backdrop of a looming Millenium Development Goal deadline

OMPI: Un instrument international pour la protection des ressources génétiques, des savoirs traditionnels et du folklore?

L’OMPI sur la voie d’un instrument international pour la protection des ressources génétiques, des savoirs traditionnels et du folklore.

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Eugenia Olliaro (KEI)

WIPO SCCR: US Proposal for a Consensus Instrument for persons with print disabilities

Today, 27 May 2010, during the WIPO Open-ended Consultations on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Persons with Print Disabilities and on the Protection of Audiovisual Performances, the government of the United States of America distributed a draft proposal to WIPO Member States for a Consensus Instrument for persons with print disabilities.
The US proposal is available in pdf format here, in doc format here, and copied below.

Video of Google, DC January 11, 2010 debate on ACTA

On January 11, 2010, the Washington office of Google hosted a deb

Google Books, Alexander Macgillivray, Deputy General Counsel at Google, at July 14 KEI brownbag lunch

On July 14, 2009, KEI, will host a brownbag on the Google Book settlement. The even will be held at the KEI Washington, DC offices, 1621 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20009. (Tel +1 202 332 2670 for directions or more information).

The speaker will be Alexander Macgillivray, the Deputy General Counsel at Google.

Pope Benedict XVI encyclical letter denounces excessive zeal for assertions of intellectual property rights in knowledge

Pope Benedict XVI today issued a statement saying that “On the part of rich countries, there is excessive zeal for protecting knowledge through an unduly rigid assertion of the right to intellectual property, especially in the field of health care.” The criticism came in a section of his most recent encyclical letter dealing with social issues, and specifically focusing on international human development and systemic failures of bodies large and small to solve development problems.

WHO releases sketchy report on second meeting of Expert Working Group on R&D Financing

The World Health Organization just published a report on this week’s second meeting of the WHO Expert Working Group (EWG) on R&D Financing.

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