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KEI comments on Tibotec voluntary licenses of a new HIV-AIDS product

Today, Tibotec, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, announced it has signed voluntary licensing agreements with several Indian and South African generic companies to allow generic competition on a new HIV-AIDS treatment, the investigational non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor rilpivirine hydrochloride (TMC278) (rilpivirine hydrochloride), to certain developing countries.

US Industry IP memo for the TPP negotiations leaked

Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) has received a copy of U.S. industry demands on the Intellectual Property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiations. A draft letter from US industry to USTR has been leaked and is available here.

Civil Society comments on USPTO humanitarian priority review voucher proposal

On November 19, 2010, Knowledge Ecology International, Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders, Oxfam America and Public Citizen answered a Request for Comments from the US Department of Commerce on a proposal to "Incentivize Humanitarian Technologies and Licensing Through the Intellectual Property System".

WIPO SCCR21: Group B proposal on a work program for Copyright exceptions and limitations

Today, Wednesday November 10 2010, during the 3rd day of the WIPO SCCR21, the Group B presented a proposal for a Work Program on copyright exceptions and limitations for the WIPO SCCR. Group B is the negotiation group that groups developed countries like US, EU, Switzerland and others.

The proposal is available here

Global Fund calls upon drug companies to "share without delay" AIDS drug patents with the Medicines Patent Pool

In a October 7, 2010 letter, Professor Michel Kazatchkine, the Executive Director of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, has written to Dr. Jorge Bermudez, the UNITAID Executive Director, to discuss the Medicines Patent Pool.

Kazatchkine congratulates UNITAID for the announcement that an agreement had been reached between U.S. National Institute for Health and the Medicines Patent Pool for the voluntary license of the NIH patents rights on an HIV-AID drug, Darunavir.

Senator Sanders Letter to FDA: U.S. needs an ethical pathway for biological products

On November 2, 2010, U.S. Senator Bernard Sanders (VT-I) sent a letter to Margaret Hamburg, the FDA Commissioner, urging the agency to review the ethical implications of the 12 years of marketing exclusivity created by the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCI Act).

Notes on the October 7, 2010 USTR NGO briefing on ACTA

Notes on the October 7, 2010 USTR NGO briefing on ACTA

By Judit Rius Sanjuan & Anne Mira Guha

Today, USTR held a nearly 2-hour public briefing on the new version of the ACTA text. USTR representatives present included Stan McCoy, Kira Alvarez, and Rachel Bae. Stan and Kira did most of the talking at the meeting.

WIPO SCCR 20: Proyecto de conclusiones

Esta es la version de las 3.30 pm del 24 de junio del 2010 del proyecto de conclusiones de la OMPI SCCR 20 en espanol. El documento fue distribuido durante el dia de hoy por el secretariado de la OMPI y esta siendo discutido. Este texto va a ser negociado esta tarde.

Organización Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual
Comité de Derecho de Autor y Derechos Conexos (SCCR)
Vigésima sesión
Ginebra, 21 a 24 de junio de 2010

Proyecto de conclusiones

PROTECCIÓN DE LOS ORGANISMOS DE RADIODIFUSIÓN

2008 U.S. Copyright Office Memo concluded that export of accessible works is not legal under U.S. law

In briefings about the WIPO proposal for a treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities, the U.S. government has sent mixed signals regarding the legality of exporting of accessible works created under exceptions in U.S. law. In some informal briefings and conversations, the U.S. government has said such exports are allowed under U.S. law. At other times, they say they are not.

KEI has obtained a June 12, 2008 memo from the U.S. Copyright Office, written by Neil Conley to David Carson, that analyzes the possible extraterritorial effects of the Chafee Amendment.

US NGO’s Call For George Washington University to Cease Industry-Sponsored Intellectual Property Training in India

On June 7, 2010 medicine access advocacy groups joined together in asking that George Washington University (GWU) put a stop to its industry-sponsored intellectual property (IP) summits and to take an academic, evidenced-based approach to conferences it conducts in India.

Indian NGOs confront GWU Law School efforts to push maximalist IPR norms in India

The ties between Universities and businesses are often complex and blurred. Private companies or trade associations fund research and seminars, and have consulting relationships with faculty members, trying to shape public policy and judicial decisions on a wide range of issues. A particularly interesting industry/university connection concerns something called the "India Project," that is associated with the George Washington University (GWU) Law School.

Global Health Organizations Submission to USTR Special 301

On February 18, 2010, 12 NGOs working on Access to Medicines submitted joint comments to the 2010 Special 301 Process

The submission is available here.

And a summary below:

SUBMISSION OF GLOBAL HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS:

WIPO SCCR: ONCE Statement in support of the WBU Treaty

La Organización Nacional de Ciegos de España (ONCE) agradece la oportunidad que nos ha brindado de tomar la palabra en esta importante sesion del SCCR para pedir el apoyo a la propuesta de tratado de la Union Mundial de Ciegos, organización de la que la ONCE es miembro.

La ONCE da servicio exclusivo a sus afiliados, que han de ser personas ciegas y deficientes visuales con nacionalidad española. Actualmente la ONCE tiene 70000 afiliados, y su número crece en 4000 cada año.

WIPO SCCR 19: European Commission statement on exceptions and limitations

Information for the SCCR at WIPO 14-18 December, 2009.

Mr Chairman,

I would like to take this opportunity, in the framework of our discussions on exceptions and limitations, to inform you about what the European Commission has been doing over the past year and a half and is preparing for the future.

Writers Open Letter in Support of WIPO treaty for People who are Blind or have other Disabilities

We are distributing this letter (in English and Spanish, with Tiflolibros Argentina) to writers, journalists and authors who support the World Blind Union WIPO treaty proposal to improve access to books in formats accessible to people who are blind, visually impaired or have other disabilities. If you are a writer and you are interested in signing it, contact judit.rius@keionline.org

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