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The following is the KEI comment to the NIH proposed exclusive license to Great Lakes Neuroscience for a patent on Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and certain other CNS Disorders. (PDF version here). KEI asks the NIH for certain information about the proposed license, and also asks the NIH to include provisions in the license that protect consumers in both the United States and developing countries.
For the United States, KEI asks that prices be:
The Fordham international IP conference just concluded a panel on patents for second uses of medical inventions, and the discussions illustrated once more the degree to which the patent system is poorly designed to address this issue.
These were my notes from my talk on Thursday morning at the annual Fordham International IP conference, which is organized by Professor Hugh Hansen. The panel was titled "Examination of TPP & TTIP."
What is wrong with the TransPacific Partnership (TPP)?
The TPP was negotiated with asymmetric secrecy. Not from industry, but from the public. Nearly all of the real experts in IP policy were in the dark over the actual language of the texts. We delegated too much power to government trade negotiators and to lobbyists.
GSK has made a major announcement of new policies to expand access to its patented medicines. A copy of the press statement is here.
This was the Wall Street Journal's take on the Doha Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health, two days after the agreement was reached:
I have provided an update on our work on US government owned patents here:
2016: KEI/MSF comments to NIH on licensing of patents on Attenuated Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) VaccinesSubmitted by James Love on 9. March 2016 - 8:04
Other KEI comments on NIH licenses can be found here: http://keionline.org/nih-licenses
This is a slightly expanded version of the testimony we provided at the March 1, 2016 USTR Special 301 hearing. I had some trouble uploading to Regulations.Gov, but emailed a copy to Christine R. Peterson, the Director for Intellectual Property and Innovation. One addition was this data:
We sent this brief note to the Army today regarding this federal register note: https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-04494
From: Jamie Love
Date: Sat, Mar 5, 2016
Subject: Digital Optical Method patents
I am writing about the notice of intent for an exclusive license to patents on the Digital Optical Method (DOMTM ), United States Patent No. 7,495,767.
On March 4, 2016, KEI provided comments to the US Senate Committee on Finance on a report prepared by staff for Senators Grassley and Wyden that was issued by the committee on December 2015, titled “The Price of Sovaldi and Its Impact on the U.S. Health Care System.” Senators Grassley and Wyden asked the public to comment on various issues raised in the report. The comments we filed on March 4 included three major sections.
(More on Colombia here: http://keionline.org/colombia)
Andrea Carolina Reyes Rojas informs us that a committee appointed to consider a request for a compulsory license on the leukemia drug Imatinib has decided that there are public interest reasons to do so.
Attached below are the four submissions for which KEI was the lead author to the UN Secretary General's High Level Panel (HLP) on Access to Medicine.
- "The Need for Global Negotiations on Agreements to Fund R&D within the Context of a Progressive De-linking of R&D Costs from Product Prices". Supported by 12 organizations; 1 individual; 3 Members of European Parliament.
- "Increasing the Transparency of Markets for Drugs, Vaccines, Diagnostics and other Medical Technologies". Supported by 17 organizations; 2 individuals; 3 Members of European Parliament.
DHHS has declared a public health emergency over the Zika viru, and authorized emergency use of diagnostic tests. (Copy here)
(An expanded, edited and better version of this is available in our March 4, 2016 reply comment to USTR, available here: http://www.keionline.org/node/2440)
These were my notes from my testimony for KEI at today's USTR Special 301 hearing
Big market puts countries on the #special301 watch list
KEI is one of the non-government entities speaking at the USTR Special 301 hearing on Tuesday. We each get 7 minutes of testimony and 3 minutes of questions. (The schedule is here).