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Japan wants Webcasting back into the Casting Treaty: What happened to Broadcasting in the "Traditional" Sense?

In preparation for WIPO's upcoming Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) discussions (16 December 2013 to 20 December 2013) on a proposed Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations, the Government of Japan submitted a new proposal, SCCR/26/6 (Draft Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations) on 28 November 2013 to be consolidated with the main negotiating text, SCCR/24/10 Corr.

TPP: Waxman letter to USTR opposing 12 year term of biologics exclusivity

In a 6 December 2013 letter, Representative Henry Waxman wrote to USTR Ambassador Michael Froman opposing USTR's proposal of a term of 12 years of exclusivity for biologics in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The letter notes,

[w]hile I have worked closely with Senator Hatch on important health issues, including the generic drug law that we co-authored in 1984, I strongly disagreed that the United States should be proposing twelve years of exclusivity.

Vatican criticizes Trans Pacific Partnership: Holy See statement to 9th WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali

The 9th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is taking place in Bali, Indonesia from 3-6 December 2013. At the Ministerial, H.E. Archbishop, Silvano M. Tomasi, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva delivered a withering critique of the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

3-5 December 2013: WHO Global Technical Consultative Meeting of Experts on Identification of Health R&D Demonstration Projects

The World Health Organization (WHO) is convening a Global Technical Consultative Meeting of Experts on Identification of Health Research & Development Demonstration Projects from 3-5 December 2013.

KEI: WIPO should update 1976 Tunis Model Law on Copyright for Developing Countries

The twelfth session of the WIPO's Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) is taking place from 18 November 2013 to 21 November 2013. This Committee, squeezed into just four days of discussions, has a heavy workload.

Are Nike, IOC and European football leagues scoring new IPR at the WTO?

At the request of the European Union, Jamaica, Mexico and the United States of America, the topic of "Intellectual Property and Sports" was placed for discussion at the World Trade Organization's (WTO) October 2013 session of the Council for TRIPS (TRIPS Council).

WTO TRIPS Council: Intervention of India on Intellectual Property and Sports

During the October 2013 WTO TRIPS Council, India delivered the following intervention on Intellectual Property and Sports. The European Union, Jamaica, Mexico and the United States had requested this agenda item placed for discussion.

Intervention on IP and Sports

WTO TRIPS Council: Intervention of India on the Paragraph 6 mechanism

On 10 October 2013, India delivered the following intervention at the WTO TRIPS Council's annual review of the paragraph 6 system.

Para 6 Mechanism

WTO TRIPS Council: Venezuelan intervention on intellectual property and sports

At the October 2013 WTO TRIPS Council, Venezuela delivered the following intervention on intellectual property and sports noting that the WTO should not duplicate WIPO negotiations on a possible treaty for the protection on broadcasting organizations.

Punto 13: Propiedad Intelectual y Deportes

Gracias señor Presidente

WTO TRIPS Council: Intervention of India on Article 66.2

On Thursday, 10 October 2013, India delivered this intervention on Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement mandates developed country members of the WTO to "provide incentives to enterprises and institutions in their territories for the purpose of promoting and encouraging technology transfer to least-developed country Members in order to enable them to create a sound and viable technological base."

Intervention on Art 66.2

South Africa Draft Policy on Intellectual Property rejects giving ownership interest in copyrighted works to broadcasters

On 4 September 2013, the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI) of the Republic of South Africa released its long-awaited "Draft National Policy on Intellectual Property". This policy framework was gazetted in the Government Gazette as Vol. 579, No. 36816. Public comments will be accepted until 17 October 2013.

Media coverage of the Marrakesh Treaty for the Blind negotiations

Media coverage of the Marrakesh Treaty for the Blind negotiations

22 June 2013, The Washington Post, Filmmakers’ group tries to reshape treaty that would benefit the blind

24 June 2013, The Guardian, US film industry tries to weaken copyright treaty for blind people

"IP as a power tool for development" is back for a Nov. 2013 conference organized by South Africa's Companies and IP Commission

During Kamil Idris's tenure at the helm of the World Intellectual Property Organization, a hackneyed mantra of the organization was "Intellectual property: a power tool for economic growth".

WTO teams up with South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry, WHO and WIPO to convene workshop on IP and public health

On 7-8 August 2013, the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI), Republic of South Africa and the World Trade Organization (WTO), in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will hold a National Workshop on Intellectual Property and Public Health in Pretoria. Leading experts from these intergovernmental organizations, Roger Kampf (WTO), Dr.

WIPO GA 2013 to decide on future of the Intergovernmental Committee on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore

The Forty-Third session of the WIPO General Assembly which meets from 23 September 2013 to 2 October 2013 will have the pleasant task of untangling the Gordion knot that is the Report of the Proposals Made by Delegations Regarding Future Work of the IGC.

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