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Human Rights Council adopts watershed resolution on Access to Medicines

*(The author thanks Mirza Alas and Alexandre Gajardo for their notes of the 2nd round of informal consultations held on 22 June 2016 and Sophia Simon for transcribing the statements delegations made during the plenary discussions held on 1 July 2016.)

SCP24: African Group submits revised proposal for a WIPO work program on Patents and Health

On Wednesday morning, 29 June 2016, Nigeria, on behalf of the African Group, presented a revised proposal (SCP/24/4) for a WIPO work program on Patents and Health at the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP). The African Group proposal is a welcome breath of fresh air in the patent committee; the proposal aims to make WIPO more responsive to recent developments including: 1) "Challenges to public health ....

SCP24: KEI statement on Patents and Health


29 June 2016
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (24th session)

Statement of Knowledge Ecology International: Patents and Health

SCP24: KEI statement on exceptions and limitations to patent rights

SCP24

27 June 2016

KEI statement on exceptions and limitations to patent rights

In relation to limitations and exceptions, we recall Brazil’s prescient submission, document SCP/14/7 (tabled in January 2010) which called attention to the lack of policy coherence in a world where in certain international fora, countries endorse the use of compulsory licensing to promote access to medicines for all, and in separate fora, criticize developing countries for actually considering or issuing such compulsory licenses.

Human Rights Council heats up during informal talks on the primacy of human rights over international trade and IP regimes

At the 32nd session (13 June 2016 - 1 July 2016) of the Human Rights Council, a bloc of countries known as the the Core Group (Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, India, Senegal, South Africa and Thailand) have tabled a resolution on access to medicines "premised on the primacy of human rights over international trade, investment and intellectual property regimes." The draft resolution complements the work of the United Nations High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines in reviewing and assessing “proposals and recommend solutions for remedying the policy incoherence between the justifiable rights of inven

US proposal to seek a "better understanding" of Switzerland's implementation of the Nagoya Protocol receives chilly reception

*The author thanks Professor Marc Perlman (Brown University) for his comprehensive notes on the IGC deliberations of 3 June 2016.

WIPO IGC30: Clean and track-changed version of Facilitators' text on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources

In October 2015 the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) renewed the mandate of the the Intergovernmental Committee on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (GRTKF):

HAI/KEI intervention at the WHA69 on the Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors

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The following is the intervention on behalf of Stichting Health Action International (HAI) at 69th World Health Assembly, Agenda Item 11.3 - Framework of engagement with non-State actors.

KEI worked with HAI on the statement, and the statement was delivered by Thiru Balasubramaniam


WHA69: Resolution WHA69.23 on CEWG follow-up charts course for WHO's work on R&D

Saturday, 28 May 2016

WHA69: Resolution WHA69.23 on CEWG follow-up charts course for WHO's work on R&D

WHO CEWG 2016: Statement of Health Action International, Knowledge Ecology International and STOPAIDS

On Monday, 2 May 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened the 2016 open-ended member states meeting of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination (CEWG). The 2016 CEWG is chaired by Bhanu Pratap Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The Vice-Chair is Tania Dussey- Cavassini, Vice-Director General, Ambassador for Global Health, Federal Office of Public Health, Switzerland.

WHO releases program of work and progress report in advance of Consultative Expert Working Group on R&D (2-4 May 2016)

The World Health Organization (WHO) is convening an open-ended meeting of member states on the Follow-up of the report of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination (CEWG) in Geneva, Switzerland at WHO headquarters from 2 May 2016 to 4 May 2016. The WHO has published the provisional agenda, the proposed program of work and progress report.

CDIP 17: Asia Pacific and African Group raise concerns re: WIPO's position on the UN High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is convening its 17th session of the Committee on Intellectual Property and Development (CDIP17) from 11 April 2016 to 15 April 2016. The mandate of the Committee is to "develop a work-program for implementing the 45 adopted Development Agenda recommendations" and "monitor, assess, discuss and report on the implementation of all recommendations adopted" (Source: WIPO page on the Committee on Development And Intellectual Property).

7 April 2016: Keynote address of Minister Rob Davies (South Africa) to WIPO International Conference on IP and Development

On Thursday, 7 April 2016, Dr. Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry of South Africa, delivered a keynote address at the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) International Conference on Intellectual Property and Development.

On compulsory licensing, in relation to voluntary licensing, the Minister remarked:

BIO, PhRMA and US Chamber of Commerce express fear of UN High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines in letter to Senator Hatch

In a sternly worded letter dated 18 February 2016, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber) and the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) wrote Senator Orrin Hatch (Republican - Utah) expressing serious reservations with the United Nations High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines (UN HLP).

TDR releases report on a Health Product Research & Development Fund: A Proposal for Financing and Operation

On 17 March 2016, the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) released a 76-page report entitled, Health Product Research & Development Fund: A Proposal for Financing and Operation.

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