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 2012Submitted by thiru on 25. July 2012 - 17:40
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)
Geneva, July 25, 2012
SCCR24: India on Contribution of the SCCR to the implementation of the respective Development Agenda recommendationsSubmitted by thiru on 25. July 2012 - 7:52
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/23/7Submitted by thiru on 23. July 2012 - 9:24
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)Submitted by thiru on 22. July 2012 - 9:58
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.
Proposals for revised text for document SCCR23/7
July 20, 2012
(Proposal by the European Union and its Member States)
means a governmental agency, a non-profit entity or non-profit organization that
In technical discussions on the meaning of "authorized entity", Nigeria, Iran and India proposed the following language:
"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 ConventionSubmitted by thiru on 16. July 2012 - 8:49
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
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
Posner's dismissals of the patent infringement suits in Apple versus Motorola cites eBay and compulsory licensingSubmitted by thiru on 14. July 2012 - 10:15
On 22 June 2012, Judge Richard Posner, dismissed with prejudice the patent infringement suits filed in Apple Inc. and NEXT Software, Inc. v Motorola, Inc. and Motorola Mobility, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Eastern Division). In this case, the judge cited the eBay decision noting that neither party was entitled to injunctive relief as neither party demonstrated that "damages would not be an adequate remedy".
WIPO text-based negotiations on an instrument to protect traditional cultural expressions (9 July 2012-13 July 2012)Submitted by thiru on 6. July 2012 - 4:43
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is convening the 22nd session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore from 9 July 2012-13 July 2012. The 22nd session will deliberate over draft articles relating to the protection of traditional cultural expressions contained in document (WIPO/GRTKF/IC/22/4). These discussions are guided by the mandate of the Fortieth Session of the WIPO General Assembly which states:
AUD $2 million Australia-WIPO MOU targets TIGAR, neglected diseases, developing IP systems and technology transferSubmitted by thiru on 26. June 2012 - 5:37
On 15 June 2012, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Australian Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization signed an agreement and released a joint communiqué "detailing how an AUD$2 million Australian contribution would assist least-developed and developing countries improve their intellectual property systems".
The Global Fund just sent an email, which says that "your website which inaccurately reports that Mr Steiger will run VPP." Here is the Global Fund email:
From: Andrew Hurst
Date: June 20, 2012 5:36:49 PM GMT+02:00
To: Thirukumaran Balasubramaniam
Subject: RE: Question on the Global Fund's Voluntary Pooled Procurement?
Further to our conversation this week, here is our statement:
This statement was delivered by Ecuador on 5 June 2012 at the WTO TRIPS Council on copyright limitations and exceptions.
CONSEJO DE LOS ADPIC
5-6 DE JUNIO DE 2012
PUNTO L. DE LA AGENDA
INTERVENCIÓN DEL ECUADOR
El Ecuador da la bienvenida a la iniciativa organizada por Brasil y Estados Unidos con respecto al punto L. sobre las limitaciones y excepciones a los derechos de autor en el marco de las negociaciones en curso en la OMPI.
This statement was delivered by Chile on 5 June 2012 at the WTO TRIPS Council on copyright limitations and exceptions.
AGENDA L COPYRIGHT LIMITATIONS AND EXCEPTIONS