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).

KEI statement on GSK's announcement of policies to expand access to patented medicines

GSK has made a major announcement of new policies to expand access to its patented medicines. A copy of the press statement is here.

The WSJ on Doha Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health, in 2001

This was the Wall Street Journal's take on the Doha Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health, two days after the agreement was reached:

11 Groups Urge NIH to Lower Price of Xtandi, NIH/Army-Funded Prostate Cancer Drug With $129k/Year Price Tag

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Non-Profit Groups Urge Obama Administration, NIH to Lower Price of Government-Funded, $129,000 Per Year Prostate Cancer Drug
The groups asked the National Institutes of Health to “take this opportunity to act” to lower the price of the prostate cancer drug Xtandi and show leadership on deterring discriminatory pricing practices.

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.

Update on our work on US government owned patents

I have provided an update on our work on US government owned patents here:

Briefing on Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performers

On Monday, March 7, 2016, from 1:45 P.M. to 2:45 P.M., the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) met with invited stakeholders in a briefing at the White House on the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances and the implementation package that was sent to Congress on February 29, 2016. The package was submitted for review to the Senate Foreign Relations and Judiciary Committees.

Congressman Doggett Voices Support for KEI/UACT Petition to NIH on Xtandi

On Monday, March 7, 2016, Congressman Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, issued a statement in support of the recent Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) and Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT) request that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) authorize the generic production of an expensive prostate cancer drug in order to curb an excessive and discriminatory price in the United States.

TRIPS Council March 2016: India reiterates support for de-linkage and references UN High Level Panel on Access to Medicines

In early March 2016, the World Trade Organization's (WTO) TRIPS Council discussed "Intellectual Property and Innovation: Education and Diffusion". The following delegations co-sponsored discussion of this item on Education and Diffusion - Australia, European Union, Switzerland, United States, Japan, Singapore, Peru, Russian Federation, Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong China.

KEI's March 4, 2016 submission to USTR regarding the Special 301 list

This is a slightly expanded version of the testimony we provided at the March 1, 2016 USTR Special 301 hearing. I had some trouble uploading to Regulations.Gov, but emailed a copy to Christine R. Peterson, the Director for Intellectual Property and Innovation. One addition was this data:

2016: Did Army do analysis to determine if public is better off with exclusive license to patent?

We sent this brief note to the Army today regarding this federal register note:

From: Jamie Love
Date: Sat, Mar 5, 2016
Subject: Digital Optical Method patents

I am writing about the notice of intent for an exclusive license to patents on the Digital Optical Method (DOMTM ), United States Patent No. 7,495,767.

KEI comments to the Senate Finance Committee Report on the Price of Sovaldi

On March 4, 2016, KEI provided comments to the US Senate Committee on Finance on a report prepared by staff for Senators Grassley and Wyden that was issued by the committee on December 2015, titled “The Price of Sovaldi and Its Impact on the U.S. Health Care System.” Senators Grassley and Wyden asked the public to comment on various issues raised in the report. The comments we filed on March 4 included three major sections.

KEI Comments to U.S. Copyright Office on Section 1201

On March 3, 2016, KEI filed a comment with the U.S. Copyright Office in Docket No. 2015-8, regarding 17 U.S.C. § 1201.

The comment made specific recommendations regarding changes to the rulemaking procedure, the anti-trafficking provisions, and permanent exemptions, and also suggested requiring a registration and application process, as well as payment of a fee, for the DRM/TPM seeking legal protection under the law.

11 February 2016: 5 groups express concerns over WIPO statements relating to UN High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines

On Thursday, 11 February 2016, five groups including Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), Oxfam, Stop AIDS, Third World Network (TWN) and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) sent a letter to Dr. Francis Gurry, Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) highlighting our concerns with statements expressed by WIPO relating to the United Nations Secretary ­General’s High-­Level Panel on Access to Medicines (HLP). To date, we have yet to hear any formal response from WIPO.

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