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General Statement of India to the WIPO General Assembly 2012 (raises concerns on public health and green technology)

The following statement was delivered by Shri Saurabh Chandra, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi on Monday, 1 October 2012 at the WIPO General Assembly.

In her statement, India stressed that intellectual property norms must not create "monopoly situations which may hinder competition and access to technology".

Report of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights to the fiftieth session of the WIPO General Assembly

The fiftieth Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is meeting on Geneva from 1 October 2012 to 9 October 2012. Agenda item 26 is the "Report on the Work of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)" which according to the provisional agenda, is scheduled for discussion on Thursday, 4 October 2012.

Australia, Chile and New Zealand reply to UN Rapporteur for Right to Health on TPP complaints

KEI has recently learned that 6 of 9 countries ignored a UN Special Rapporteur request to respond to the March 22, 2011 complaint regarding the TPP. We are also disappointed in the comments from the three that did respond. The UN process for dealing with such complaints is somewhat bureaucratic and secretive. Among the three countries that did respond, Australia, Chile and New Zealand, all defended the secrecy of the TPP negotiating text and asserted that the TPP would not violate the right to health.

Intellectual Property Appellate Board (Chennai) dismisses Bayer's request for a stay on compulsory license for sorafenib

On 12 March 2012 the Controller General of Patents,Designs & Trademarks of India issued an order granting a compulsory license under Section 84 of the Patents Act (1970) to Natco in patent number 215758 granted to Bayer covering the anti-drug sorafenib toslyate. KEI filed an affidavit in this compulsory licensing dispute involving Natco and Bayer. Following the issuance of a compulsory license, Bayer requested the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) to issue a stay on the compulsory license.

KEI Comments for French consultation on CEWG

Attached is a PDF of KEI's 31 August 2012 written submission to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs' national consultation on financing and coordination of research and development for the health needs of developing countries.

September 2011: Spotlight on India at the WTO Trade Policy Review

On 14 September 2011 and 16 September 2011, the World Trade Organization (WTO) undertook 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).

Geneva Fall/Winter 2012: What's in store at the WHO, WIPO and WTO

As Geneva awakes from its summer slumber post-Jeûne genevois (6 September 2012), the following conferences and negotiations are expected to shape the knowledge governance landscape in the second semester of 2012 at WHO, WIPO and WTO.

World Health Organization

Here are upcoming meetings of the WHO in 2012 of relevance to public heath, innovation and access.

SCCR24 points to a pathway for a diplomatic conference for VIPs; extraordinary GA to be held in December 2012

Plenary has resumed at 1:32 AM on 26 July 2012. Reproduced below are the conclusions of SCCR 24.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)
Twenty–fourth Session
Geneva, July 25, 2012

Draft conclusions


Agenda

SCCR24: India on Contribution of the SCCR to the implementation of the respective Development Agenda recommendations

INDIA: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Indian Delegation joins the distinguished Delegations of Iran, Egypt, South Africa in supporting the statement by the Distinguished Delegate and leader of the Development Agenda Group, the Brazil Indian Delegate. The Development Agenda recommendations and goals have achieved recent success in the Beijing spirit when we included the paragraphs, the preamble of the new treaty. And from there we have been listing -- participating in the norm setting activities, in the limitations and exceptions.

Latest text on the definition of authorized entity: Proposals for revised text for document SCCR/23/7

On Monday, 23 July 2012 the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has released the latest text on an instrument for copyright exceptions and limitations for disabilities entitled "Proposals for revised text for document SCCR/23/7". This document is the result of both formal discussions in the plenary of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) held on Friday, 20 July 2012 and informal negotiations held on Saturday afternoon on 21 July 2012. Once this text is available electronically, KEI will publish the full text online.

SCCR24: Plenary statement of Brazil urging WIPO to advance its negotations on a Treaty for the Visually Impaired (19 July 2012)

This statement was delivered by Brazil on 19 July 2012 in the plenary of the 24th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). In this statement, Brazil stressed that negotiations on a Treaty for Visually Impaired Persons not be linked to discussions on a treaty for the protection of broadcasting organizations.

Mr Chairman,

EU proposal on "authorized entity"

Proposals for revised text for document SCCR23/7
July 20, 2012

(Proposal by the European Union and its Member States)

"authorized entity":

means a governmental agency, a non-profit entity or non-profit organization that

Proposal by Nigeria, Iran and India on definition of authorized entity

In technical discussions on the meaning of "authorized entity", Nigeria, Iran and India proposed the following language:

Authorized entity

"means a governmental or non-governmental entity, an organization, educational or teaching institution, including organizations enabled by governments that address the needs of persons with visual impairments/print disabilities including providing them with services relating to instructional training, adaptive reading or information access needs."

Egypt questions EU on the applicability of the three-step test to Article 10.2 of the Berne Convention

The first day of the 24th session of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) has gone into full swing with a textual proposal tabled by Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay on limitations and exceptions for educational and research institutions, and a textual proposal submitted by Brazil on L&Es for educational and research institutions.

The live stream audio capture of these proceedings can be found here: http://www.streamtext.net/player?Event=WIPO

SCCR24: Opening statement of the African Group

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has convened the 24th Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) which will take place from 16 July 2012 to 25 July 2012 at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Ambassador Darlington Mwape (Zambia) is chairing the 24th SCCR. The morning session of the SCCR witnessed opening remarks by group coordinators. The following statement was delivered by Egypt on behalf of the African Group.

African Group Opening Statement
WIPO SCCR 24

Mr. Chairman

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