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Sony referred to "WIPO treaty for blind as "stalking horse" to "denigrate the rights of copyright owners"Submitted by KEI Staff on 16. April 2015 - 13:32
In the new Wikileaks archives of leaked Sony documents (Link here), there is a memo (https://wikileaks.org/sony/docs/05/docs/DECE/DECE%20CP1%20-%20ss.doc.pdf), which describes Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) concern over the proposed WIPO treaty for copyright exceptions for persons who are blind or have other disabilities. The memo, undated in the Wikileaks archives, but probably written in 2009, included the following passages:
(More KEI RCEP leaks here: http://keionline.org/rcep)
Attached is a leaked version of Japan's October 3, 2014 proposals for intellectual property for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
The attached PDF file provides counts on the number of patents with various search terms in the specification (spec/"search term"), and the number of those patents that declare either government rights in the patents (govt/government), an assignment to the US government (an/"united states of america"), or both. The complete counts are in the PDF file. The queries were done by Claire Cassedy on December 5, 2014.
|Ambassador Michael Froman wants to block compulsory licenses on drug patents in India|
KEI welcomes the Gilead HCV licenses, as a step to expand access to treatments. Notes challenges that remainSubmitted by KEI Staff on 15. September 2014 - 6:28
Today Gilead announced it will provide seven generic drug manufacturers licenses to make and sell two drugs that are used in combination to treat the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) in 91 developing countries.
Money speaks: USTR releases letters from Congress backing PhRMA on exclusive rights biologic test data in TPPSubmitted by KEI Staff on 4. August 2014 - 13:29
As part of a partial response to FOIA request, USTR has provided KEI with copies of 13 letters sent by members of Congress, from July 27, 2011 to August 8, 2013, on the topic of biologic drug test data provisions in the TPP negotiation. We had obtained several but not all of these letters earlier from a variety of sources, including from PhRMA's web page -- where some had been proudly displayed. (See link below).
Were there letters on the other side? Yes, three. (see below).
With the FOIA request, we have also obtained the responses to the letters.
KEI’s Additional Comments Special 301
March 7, 2014
James Love, Knowledge Ecology International
Docket # USTR-2013-0040
These comments supplement KEI’s February 7, 2014 written submission (Also available here: http://www.keionline.org/ustr/special301, and http://keionline.org/node/1927), and our February 24, 2014 oral testimony, and provide also comment or reply to the written or oral submissions by others.
1. India is an important source of affordable medicines.
The KEI written statement for the February 14, 2014 US International Trade Commission (USITC) hearing on India is attached here.
Among other things, the Statement includes 15 pages describing US compulsory licenses.
We also have a video play list with more than 9 hours of the Feb 12 and Feb 14 hearing.
Claire Cassedy did this interview at the KEI offices, following the February 24, 2014 USTR hearing on the Special 301.
Blogs and Press coverage of Pharma/Medicine device industry lobbying on South Africa patent reform (pharmagate)Submitted by KEI Staff on 22. January 2014 - 16:07
Boseley, Sarah. 17 January 2014. "South African pharma firms accused of planning to delay patents law reform." The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/17/south-african-pharma-accuse...
De Wet, Phillip. 17 January 2014. "Motsoaledi: Big pharma's 'satanic' plot is genocide." Mail & Guardian. http://mg.co.za/article/2014-01-16-motsoaledi-big-pharmas-satanic-plot-i...
GE's Thaddeus Burns wrote to US Ambassador Betty King requesting US postpone Marrakesh Diplomatic ConferenceSubmitted by KEI Staff on 29. October 2013 - 3:03
KEI has asked 21 persons following the TPP IPR negotiations, what they thought of four of the USTR negotiators, including:
- Ambassador and USTR head Michael Froman,
- TPP Chief negotiator Barbara Weisel
- Assistant USTR for Intellectual Property and Innovation Stanford McCoy, and
- Deputy Assistant USTR for Intellectual Property and Innovation Probir Mehta.
Audiovisual Materials in the Classroom and the WIPO treaty for copyright exceptions for persons with disabilitiesSubmitted by KEI Staff on 8. June 2013 - 4:01
My name is Fedro De Tomassi. I am a student at St. Olaf College, class of 2014, and next week I will be a volunteer (as a guide and interpreter) at the Diplomatic Conference to Conclude a Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities (June 17 to 28, 2013 – Marrakesh, Morocco) http://www.wipo.int/dc2013/en/
Earlier KEI published sections of the the EU India Negotiating FTA/BTIA negotiating text dealing with enforcement, along with some commentary on Article 17-31: http://keionline.org/node/1681.
On March 28, 2013, KEI obtained another document with Article 1-5,7-8,10-33 of the negotiating next. The new text is available at http://keionline.org/node/1691
Krista Cox will be providing her impressions here: http://keionline.org/node/1693
Here are KEI's quick reactions to the text.
Among the provisions in the TRIPS which protect consumers are Article 7, 8 and 40.