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Attached below is the new text of the "instrument" for copyright exceptions for disabilties.
DATE: July 25, 2012
Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights
Geneva, July 16 to 25, 2012
REVISED Working Document on an International Instrument on Limitations and Exceptions For Visually Impaired Persons/Persons with Print Disabilities
prepared by the Secretariat
Below are the draft conclusions, from the evening informal negotiations session on future work. The document say the version is current as of 10:45 PM, Geneva time.
July 24 SCCR 24 informals on blind treaty produce a text, but EU and US block real movement on treatySubmitted by James Love on 24. July 2012 - 14:34
This evening's informal negotiations at the SCCR 24 on the disabilities issue are over, and delegates are coming out now, with a variety of different stories. Some new document will be tabled Wednesday morning. It will have some important differences, unlike a fairly clean text that was tabled a year ago as SCCR/22/15 REV.1, which was endorsed by Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, the European Union and its Member States, Mexico, Norway, Paraguay, the Russian Federation, the United States of America and Uruguay.
At WIPO SCCR 24, the negotiations on the text of an "instrument" on copyright exceptions for persons with disabilities appear to be going well. For the past year, the delegates have been close on the substantive issues, focusing on a handful of important nuances in the ways that beneficiaries of the agreement are defined, the types of works and rights covered, wording on safeguards, provisions for developing countries, and other technical issues such as the relationship to the Berne and TRIPS three step test.
The following interviews were recorded during the 24th meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). Most of the interviews are focused on the negotiations on a new WIPO treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities. The time of the videos varies from 16 seconds to more than 18 minutes. They are organized by the type of stakeholder, and the date of the interviews. This page will be updated during the meeting as I add more videos.
Below is the statement that Shira Perlmutter of USPTO delivered for the US government on July 18, 2012, at the WIPO SCCR 24 meeting in Geneva. As noted in the statement, the United States is calling for a "single text." The nature of the instrument is "a treaty." The U.S. wants the treaty to cover the "signal" without a set term (some earlier proposals had called for 20 to 50 years of protection). The treaty would protect "traditional" broadcasters, defined as over the air, satellite and cable broadcasting.
In a May 9, 2012 hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on oversight of the intellectual property enforcement coordinator, Senator Leahy asked Victoria Espinel about patent trolls, and failures to license patents on reasonable terms to achieve interoperability where standards are important. Leahy asked Victoria Espinel to work with USDOJ's antitrust officials to deal with abuses by patent holders in both cases.
The vote to reject a delay of the final ACTA vote was 420 Vs 255, followed by the rejection of ACTA by a vote of 478 to 39.
KEI Director James Love statement:
Deputy USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea has issued a retraction of her statement regarding Administration support for 12 years of exclusive rights in test data for biologic drugs, and moderated somewhat her statement on the India compulsory license for Nexavar. USTR also issued a statement on the issue of biologic test data in response to Rea's earlier comments.
[update: See: Leak of TPP text on copyright Limitations and Exceptions]
On June 27, 2012, Teresa Stanek Rea, the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and the Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), testified at a hearing on: "International IP Enforcement: Protecting Patents, Trade Secrets and Market Access", before the US House of Representatives, Judicary Committee, Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the
The governments of Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Peru, Vietnam and the United States are negotiating a multilateral free trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The negotiations are being conducted with considerable secrecy, even though they address many issues of great interest to the general public. The Agreement will cover many topics, including intellectual property rights, the pricing of pharmaceutical drugs, and the rights of investors to sue states over policies and actions that impact their investments.
The language in S. 3187, calling for National Academies evaluation of Medical Innovation inducement prizesSubmitted by James Love on 12. June 2012 - 9:07
SEC. 906. INDEPENDENT STUDY ON MEDICAL INNOVATION INDUCEMENT MODEL.