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KEI Comments on the Draft Concept Note Concerning the WHO General Programme of Work

On October 13, 2017, KEI submitted comments to the WHO regarding the Draft Concept Note towards the WHO's 13th General Programme of Work. The Draft Concept Note is available here: http://www.who.int/about/draft-concept-note_13th-programme-work.pdf

The text of KEI's comments follow below, and a PDF is available here.


Friday, 13 October 2017

Dear Dr. Tedros,

AbbVie's biologic Humira has earned more than $103 billion since entering the market in 2003

The biologic drug, Humira (adalimumab) is currently the best selling drug in the world, with revenues of more than $16 billion in 2016, and $4.7 billion in the 2nd quarter of 2017 ($52 million per day). HumiraRevenueTable.png

WIPO General Assembly 2017: Draft text on mandate of the future of the IGC (6 October 2017)

At 17:00 on Friday, 6 October 2017, the facilitators for WIPO's informal discussions on Matters Concerning the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore circulated a draft decision on the future mandate of the committee. This text is a revised version of the document circulated at 13:30 on Thursday, 5 October 2017. The WIPO General Assembly is continuing its informals on the future of the IGC mandate between 15:00 to 16:30 on Monday, 9 October 2017 (according to the Daily Journal published by the WIPO Secretariat).

2nd Marrakesh Treaty Assembly (2017) - Statement of Knowledge Ecology International

On Friday, 6 October 2017, Knowledge Ecology International delivered the following statement at the 2nd session of the Marrakesh Treaty Assembly in Geneva.

Statement of Knowledge Ecology International - Marrakesh Treaty Assembly

Agenda item 27 - Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled (MVT)

6 October 2017

Thank you Chair,

WIPO General Assembly 2017: Statement of Brazil on the WIPO Development Agenda

On Wednesday, 4 October 2017, Brazil delivered this perspicacious statement on the WIPO Development Agenda.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman,

As everyone knows, the CDIP follows in the footsteps of the Development Agenda. In this regard, Brazil believes the implementation of the 45 recommendations is essential for this organization to be fully representative. Underlying the DA is the principle that a fair remuneration for the creations of human spirit goes together with the imperative of ensuring the right to health, culture, knowledge, information and education.

WIPO General Assembly 2017: Statement of Chile on the Report on the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP)

On Wednesday, 4 October 2017, Chile delivered the following statement on the Report on The Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) at the WIPO General Assembly.

Gracias Sr. Presidente.

Quisiéramos felicitar el trabajo que el Comité de Patentes está llevando en temas diversos y balanceados, que han permitido su funcionamiento a lo largo de estos últimos años, privilegiando el diálogo técnico y experto sobre los diferentes puntos de la agenda.

WIPO General Assembly 2017: KEI statement on the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP)

On Wednesday, 4 October 2017, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) delivered the following statement at the WIPO General Assembly during discussions on the Report of the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP).

WIPO General Assembly 2017 - Statement of KEI on the Report on the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP)

4 October 2017

Agenda item: 14. Report on the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP)

KEI Recommendations on the work of the SCCR on a treaty for broadcasting organizations

KEI Recommendations on the work of the SCCR on a treaty for broadcasting organizations
Prepared for WIPO General Assembly
October 4, 2017

KEI recommends taking the broadcasting treaty off the agenda of the SCCR, until (1) the proponents of the treaty can explain what they expect the treaty will do, in practical terms, (2) how the treaty will impact copyright owners and persons who want access to information distributed by broadcasters, and (3) if there is a realistic expectation of agreement on the substance of the treaty.

WIPO General Assembly 2017: Statement of South Africa on the Report on the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP)

On Wednesday, 4 October 2017, South Africa delivered the following statement on the Report on The Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) at the WIPO General Assembly.

57th SERIES OF MEETINGS OF THE ASSEMBLIES OF THE MEMBER STATES OF WIPO
2 - 11 OCTOBER 2016

AGENDA ITEM 14

REPORT ON THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON LAW OF PATENTS (SCP)

Chairperson

We align ourselves with the statement of Senegal on behalf of the Africa Group.

KEI's opening statement at WIPO's 2017 General Assembly focuses on role of Chief Economist

This was delivered the afternoon on October 3, 2017.

Opening statement of Knowledge Ecology International - WIPO General Assembly 2017

Thank you, Mr. Vice President.

KEI notes the controversies around the world regarding the costs and benefits of intellectual property policies, including in particular extended terms of copyright protection in some countries, access to copyrighted works out of commerce and in teaching and research, and the role of patents in both promoting and discouraging innovation, and creating barriers to access medicine.

PAHO 29th Pan-American Sanitary Conference: Statement of Knowledge Ecology International on Draft Concept Note

On Wednesday September 27, 2017, Knowledge Ecology International delivered an intervention at the PAHO 29th Pan-American Sanitary Conference during agenda item 8.10 on the Draft Concept Note towards WHO’s 13th General Programme of Work 2019–2023. I delivered the statement on behalf of KEI.

Mr. President:

SEARO RC70: India calls on WHO to take the lead in negotiations of the R&D treaty (General Programme of Work debate)

As noted in an earlier piece, on 25 August 2017 the WHO published a draft concept note to provide a road map to "underpin WHO's General Programme of of Work from 2019-2023... and serve as the strategic basis for resource mobilization" for the Organization (WHO draft concept note on strategic priorities for 2019-2023 charts a new vision for the organization, 29 August 2017, KEI).

Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria unanimously endorses delinkage

paccarb_logo.jpgOn Thursday, the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria unanimously endorsed a report that included very powerful recommendations on delinkage. This is a link to the report that was approved.

This from the report:

  • Adoption of some form of a delinkage model as a pull incentive.

KEI asks HHS to use Bayh-Dole rights in Zinbryta patent (drug for multiple sclerosis)

Attached is a letter sent on September 14, 2017 to Andrew Bremberg, an Assistant to the President and the Director of the Domestic Policy Council at the White House, and Keagan Lenihan, a Senior Adviser to HHS Secretary Tom Price, regarding Zinbrytra (INN: daclizumab), a drug to approved by the FDA to treat multiple sclerosis. (PDF version here)

SEARO RC70: Statement of Knowledge Ecology International on Access to Medicines

Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) delivered the following statement during discussions at the WHO South East Asia Region (SEARO) Regional Committee on Access to Medicines on 9 September 2017 in the Maldives.

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Intervention of Knowledge Ecology International

Seventieth Session of the Regional Committee - SEARO: 8.3 Access to medicines - SEA/RC70/9
Saturday, 9 September 2017

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