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KEI just received the attached letter from the Executive Office of the President's Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) rejecting our appeal of USTRs decision to withhold a study by the Library of Congress' Congressional Research Service on ACTA that was done for Senator Wyden.
US Congress is not bound by ACTA, according to White House answers to Senate Finance on ACTA and TPP negotiationsSubmitted by James Love on 19. April 2011 - 12:16
Ambassador Ron Kirk holds the office of United States Trade Representative (USTR) in the White House. On March 9, 2011, he testified before the US Senate Finance Committee on the 2011 Trade Agenda. Several members of the Committee provided follow up questions, and Ambassador Kirk has answered them. A full copy of the responses are available here:
15 April European Union proposal: 3 to 5 year delay in negotiations on a copyright treaty for blind personsSubmitted by James Love on 18. April 2011 - 17:22
Attached is a PDF of the proposal by the European Union that was presented at the April 15, 2011 informals in Geneva, held at the US Embassy. The European Union now proposes that WIPO adopt a soft non-binding recommendation on cross border sharing of accessible works, and then monitor progress on the issue for 3 to 5 years.
Notes from April 13, 2011 EBU/TACD/IFLA, EDA event at European Parliament on WIPO treaty for the blindSubmitted by James Love on 15. April 2011 - 11:02
Today there will be a presentation at the European Parliament on the Health Impact Fund. Below are a few earlier KEI blogs about the HIF.
April 2011 report on negotiations for a WIPO copyright treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilitiesSubmitted by James Love on 6. April 2011 - 23:12
KEI Research Note 2011:1
April 7, 2011
Background and update on negotiations for a WIPO copyright treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities
Attached below are two PDF files that were used in my presentation today at the 1st meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO). I did not following the text that closely. The WHO is making a video of all of the presentations, which will be made available later.
Maria Martin-Prat reported to replace Tilman Lueder as head of unit for copyright at European CommissionSubmitted by James Love on 30. March 2011 - 14:12
According to stories in the German and French press (links below), Tilman Lueder will be leaving his position as the head of union for copyright for the European Commission, for a new EC job in China. [The FT confirms Tilman is leaving, but suggests he will have a different assignment]. Tilman will reportedly be replaced by Maria Martin-Prat.
USTR has rejected a KEI FOIA request for a Congressional Research Service study of ACTA that was done for Senate Ron Wyden. Senator Wyden shared the report with USTR. USTR acknowledges that it has possession of the document, but asserts it does not have control. Public Citizen has agreed to represent KEI in an appeal of the decision. Our administrative appeal was filed today.
March 23, 2011
FOIA Appeals Committee
Office of the Untied States Trade Representative
1724 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20508
Re: Freedom of Information Act Appeal
Note on use of Orphan Drug Act to increase price of hydroxyprogesterone caproate from $10 to $1,500 per doseSubmitted by James Love on 21. March 2011 - 15:54
(Following discussions with Ed Silverman of Pharmalot, this blog was updated at 12 pm on March 22, to add some suggestions as to how to reform the Orphan Drug Act).
This note concerns an increase in the price of hydroxyprogesterone caproate, from $10 to $20 per dose to $1,500 per dose. (Several injections are needed). Long used off label to prevent premature births, the drug will be sold by KV Pharmaceuticals, under a newly granted right under a statutory monopoly, at 150 times the price of the generic product using the trade name Makena.
MEP Franciso Sosa Wagner poses question about support for WIPO treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilitiesSubmitted by James Love on 16. March 2011 - 13:22
Francisco SOSA WAGNER, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Spain, has submitted a question to the European Commission on the WIPO negotiations for a treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities.
David Hammerstein has provided the following translation into English:
United States Patent and Trademark Office’s "Humanitarian Pilot Proposal." Comments by KEI, MSF, Oxfam, PC and UAEMSubmitted by James Love on 7. March 2011 - 13:21
The USPTO is considering a pilot program to consider the benefits of providing a voucher for certain accelerated reviews of patent applications, as a reward for licensing patents for humanitarian uses. On March 2, 2011, Anne Guha provided a very useful summary of public comments on the proposal, which is available here: http://www.keionline.org/node/1074
Michel Barnier tells the European Blind Union the EU does not support a treaty for persons with disabilitiesSubmitted by James Love on 2. March 2011 - 8:08
On March 2, 2011, Michel Barnier, the EC Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, wrote to Dan Pescod of the European Blind Union, to defend the European Commission decision to back a soft alternative to a treaty at WIPO. (More context, including the text of all of the proposals at WIPO, here.
Apparently it is now down to seven final candidates to be the new US Register of Copyrights. These include two employees of the Copyright Office (Carson and Kasunic), a lawyer in private practice (Fries), a full time professor (Brauneis), a professor/USPTO negotiator (Hughes), a trade negotiator (McCoy), and a representative of a trade association (Perlmutter). By gender, the finalists are two women, and five men.
They are, in alphabetical order:
WBU suspends participation in WIPO & EU Stakeholder discussions, pending agreement at WIPO on legal frameworkSubmitted by James Love on 27. February 2011 - 15:15
On February 26, 2011, the World Blind Union issued a statement announcing it would "suspend participation in the WIPO Stakeholder Platform and EU Stakeholder Dialogue projects, pending agreement at WIPO on a proper binding legal framework." [See full statement below]. The WBU statement is expected to dramatically change the environment for considering a new WIPO treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities.