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EU position paper (March 2015) on intellectual property flags priorities for TTIP

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On 20 March 2015, the European Union published a position paper on intellectual property outlining its priorities for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). At the time of publication of this position paper, the EU noted that "the U.S. has not yet formally identified the areas of interest that it could consider as priorities."

KEI intervention: TTIP Stakeholder events Round 10, Brussels (15 July 2015)

10th TTIP Stakeholder Event, Round 10
SESSION 2 Issues related to intellectual property including Geographical Indications and public health

15 July 2015

Knowledge Ecology International

A Positive Agenda for TTIP

My presentation today will address creating a positive agenda for TTIP focusing on the following six themes

1. Cooperation in funding R&D as a public good
2. Promoting the transparency of drug development costs, revenues, and prices
3. Standards for putting government funded research data and articles into free public archives

Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) - GRULAC proposal - Revision of 1979 WIPO Model Law for Developing Countries

The World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Twenty-Second session of the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) will be convened from 27 July 2015 to 31 July 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. For consideration of the Committee, the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC) have submitted a proposal entitled, Revision of 1979 WIPO Model Law for Developing Countries on Inventions (SCP/22/5).

July 2015: WTO reports on EU competition policy and copyright law - WTO Trade Policy Review - European Union

On 6 July 2015 and 8 July 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) conducted a trade policy review of the European Union. All members of the WTO are subject to review under the Trade Policy Review Mechanism (TPRM). As noted by the WTO secretariat, the "basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of the European Union" (Source: Trade Policy Review - European Union, July 2015).

SCCR30: United States- Preservation - Copyright limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives

On Thursday, 2 July 2015, the United States of America presented the following intervention on preservation in the context of copyright limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives. The following statement was captured by the WIPO streamtext.

UNITED STATES: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States is pleased to participate in the discussion of preservation, a very important topic for libraries and archives.

SCCR30 (Day 4): Discussion heats up on discussions on copyright limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives

During WIPO's discussions of copyright limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives at the 30th session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR30, the Chair (Martin Moscoso) presented a non-paper, intended to guide discussions.

WTO TRIPS Council June 2015: Norway's statement on Non-Violation and Situation Complaints

Norway delivered the following statement on non-violation and situation complaints at the June 2015 meeting of the WTO TRIPS Council.

As delivered

TRIPS COUNCIL MEETING 9 AND 10 JUNE 2015

6. NON-VIOLATION AND SITUATION COMPLAINTS

Statement by Norway

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  • We would like to join the overwhelming majority of members that have intervened today.

TRIPS Council June 2015: Norway provides unequivocal support of LDC Group request for extension of the transition period

On Wednesday, 10 June 2015, Norway - a high-income member of the WTO with a GDP per capita of 100,898 USD- (Source: World Bank, 2013) delivered this powerful intervention supporting the LDC Group request for an extension of the transition period for pharmaceutical products. On the LDC Group's specific request on extension until graduation, Norway said,

WTO TRIPS Council (June 2015): India underscores the importance of de-linkage in discussions of financing innovation

In discussions at the June 2015 WTO TRIPS Council on the role of intellectual property in financing innovation, India underscored its commitment to the principle of de-linkage by stating,

Innovation should not be viewed within the narrow prism of intellectual property monopolies but framed within a holistic, knowledge ecosystem that includes open innovation, open knowledge approaches and de-linkage of R&D costs from product prices

WTO TRIPS Council (June 2015): India's statement on Non-Violation and Situational Complaints

On Tuesday, 9 June 2015, India delivered the following statement on Non-Violation and Situational Complaints (IP/C/W/385/Rev 1). Brazil introduced the paper along with 16 other WTO members including India. The 17 co-sponsors of this paper include Argentina, Plurinational State of Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Peru, Russian Federation, Sri Lanka and Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

The joint submission proposes the following action item for the Nairobi Ministerial from 15 December 2015 to 18 December 2015:

WTO TRIPS Council (June 2015): LDC Group Presentation on the Extension of the Decision for Pharmaceutical Products

The LDC Group delivered the following statement on Wednesday, 8 June 2015 during WTO TRIPS Council discussions on their request on the extension of the decision on pharmaceutical products.

PRESENTATION BY THE LDCS GROUP TO THE TRIPS COUNCIL ON THE EXTENSION OF THE DECISION ON PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS, 09-10 JUNE 2015

Mr. Chairman,

I make this presentation on behalf of the LDCs group. We thank you for calling this meeting and for your report.

WTO TRIPS Council: World Health Organization issues unequivocal support of LDC transition period for pharmaceutical products

Today, on Wednesday, 10 June 2015, the World Trade Organization's TRIPS Council discussed the LDC Group's Request for an Extension of the Transitional Period Under Article 66.1 of the TRIPS Agreement for Least Developed Country Members with Respect to Pharmaceutical Products and for Waivers from the Obligation of Articles 70.8 and 70.9 of the TRIPS Agreement (Source: IP/C/W/605).

WTO TRIPS Council (February 2015): EU statement on LDC extension of transition period for pharmaceutical products

The following statement was delivered by the European Union at the February 2015 session in response to the proposal by the LDC Group Request for an Extension of the Transitional Period Under Article 66.1 of the TRIPS Agreement for Least Developed Country Members with Respect to Pharmaceutical Products and for Waivers from the Obligation of Articles 70.8 and 70.9 of the TRIPS Agreement.

In particular, the European Union noted,

June 2015: WTO reports on India's Section 3(d) and compulsory licensing provisions - WTO Trade Policy Review - India

On 2 June 2015 and 4 June 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) is conducting a trade policy review of India. All members of the WTO are subject to review under the Trade Policy Review Mechanism (TPRM). The TPRM takes place in the "Trade Policy Review Body which is actually the WTO General Council — comprising the WTO’s full membership — operating under special rules and procedures" (Source: WTO, Trade Policy Reviews: Brief Introduction).

WHA68: Statement of HAI/KEI on Follow-up to 2014 HLM on comprehensive review + assessment of prevention and control of NCDs

On Tuesday, 26 May 2015, the following statement was delivered in Committee B of the 68th World Health Assembly on behalf of Stichting Health Action International and Knowledge Ecology International on the topic: Follow-up to the 2014 high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly to undertake a comprehensive review and assessment of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases.

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