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Wikileaks cables shows Obama Administration role in lobbying EU to approve Oracle acquisition of MySQL and other Sun assets

Two cables recently disclosed by Wikileaks illustrate the degree to which the Obama Administration was monitoring the EU review of the Oracle acquisition of Sun, and leaning on the European Union to permit Oracle to acquire MySQL and other "open source" assets controlled by Sun.

Both cables were signed by Ambassador Christopher W. Murray, who served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires at the United States Mission to the European Union, in Brussels, Belgium, from 2007 to 2010.

USG cable on WTO TRIPS Council meeting of October 25-26 2005, discussion on LDC extension of TRIPS


Cable subject: Wto Trips Council October 25-26 2005
Cable written Wed, 16 Nov 2005 09:17 UTC


  1. Zambian Ambassador introduced LDC proposal to extend transitional period for TRIPS Compliance by An additional 15 years. He stressed points concerning that resource and economic difficulties LDCs face and the costs of implementing TRIPS obligations. Tanzania, Uganda, Cambodia, Senegal, Lesotho all supported Zambia's statement.

Wikileaks on USTR negotiations with India Commerce Minister Anand Sharma

Among the cables recently published by Wilileaks is one written on November 24, 2009, detailing negotiations between USTR and Anand Sharma, the Cabinet Minister for Commerce and Industry of the Government of India. The complete cable is available here: http://wikileaks.org/cable/2009/11/09NEWDELHI2375.html

From Wikileaks, a US government cable on its involvement to shape Guatemala legislation on pharmaceutical IPR

August 28, 2011
From KEI staff review of Wikileaks cables (http://keionline.org/wikileaks)

Among the many new cables released by Wikileaks is this gem, a detailed account of the U.S. government pressure on the Guatemala legislature to shape legislation on pharmaceutical test data IPR.




E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/11/2010

Notes from the Wikileaks cables (from the US Department of State)

Posted August 27, 2011

These are some tools for searching the US Department of State cables released by Wikileaks.

A Wikileaks page on the cables is available here: http://wlcentral.org/cablegate

KEI recommends this site for searching the cables by key words:


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John LaMattian, former head of Pfizer R&D, says industry mergers have harmed R&D efforts

John L. LaMattina, the former President of Pfizer Global Research and Development, has just published an article in Nature that looks at the impact of drug company mergers and increased industry concentration on R&D. Among his conclusions: the "impact on the R&D of the organizations involved has been devastating."




The impact of mergers on pharmaceutical R&D

Approval, ownership, market structure, and placement on WHO EML for 100 new cancer NMEs on NCI alpha list

KEI research associate Paul Miano has written the following paper: Cancer: Approval, ownership, market structure, and placement on WHO Model Essential Medicines List, for 100 new molecular entities (NMEs) on the NCI alpha list of cancer drugs and vaccines. KEI Research Note 2011:1,

A full copy of the paper is available in PDF format here.

The following is from the introduction (sans footnotes, which are in the PDF version):

Introduction and Summary

KEI comment on the Medicines Patent Pool license with Gilead

KEI comment on the Medicines Patent Pool license with Gilead
July 12, 2011

FYI: James Love (Tuesday: +44.785.543.6510, james.love@keionline.org). Thiru Balasubramaniam (thiru@keionline.org) or Krista Cox (krista.cox@keionline.org, +1.202.332.2670).

SCCR debates way forward on new text for possible treaty for copyright exceptions for persons with disabilities

June 24: The current negotiating document on disabilities at the WIPO SCCR is SCCR/22/16. A new version Prov. 1 was passed out this morning.

U.S. employment and wages in 14 information sectors

I have another blog that deals with U.S. employment data from the information sector. This one provides May 2010 employment and wage data from fourteen 4- and 5-digit NAICS industry groups in the "Information Sector."

Notes on the data

KEI Statement in opposition to a WIPO Treaty for Broadcasting Organizations

KEI Statement on the Broadcast Treaty at WIPO SCCR 22
June 21, 2011

KEI opposes work at WIPO on a new treaty for broadcasting organizations.

To the extent that creative works are distributed through broadcasting networks, they are nearly always protected by copyright.

In the small cases where the broadcast involves material in the public domain, it would be a mistake to give the broadcaster an intellectual property right, merely for transmitting information.

BLS Estimates of Employment in the Sound Recording Industries

I was asked recently to look at some data on employment in the copyright industry. This addresses one set of data points, the BLS estimates of US employment in the Sound Recording Industries.

Occupational Employment Statistics

NAICS 2-Digit Industry Specific Estimates, May 2010

51 Information 2,708,760

NAICS 3-Digit Industry Specific Estimates, May 2010

511 Publishing Industries, except Internet, 758,090, 28.0%
512 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries, 371,450, 13.7%
515 Broadcasting (except internet), 292,010, 10.8%
517 Telecommunications, 909,780, 33.6%

Pictures from the WIPO SCCR negotiations on a treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities

These are pictures from the WIPO negotiations on a treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities.

Non paper distributed at SCCR 22 at 1pm on Friday, on disabilities

In a major breakthrough on the WIPO negotiations on copyright exceptions for persons with disabilities, at around 1pm today, a non-paper "resulting from informal discussions among Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, the European Union and its Member States, Mexico, Paraguay and the United States of America" was distributed at the WIPO SCCR 22.

A copy of the document is available here:


Report from SCCR 22 discussions of WIPO treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities

Members of the WBU delegation at WIPO SCCR 22

June 16, 10 am: There are good news and less good news to report from Geneva. While overall, things have moved in positive directions, with the US and the EU engaged in very constructive negotiations with Brazil and other treaty sponsors, there are still many frustrations.

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