PhRMA letter on Colombia Resolution 5246

On January 15, 2018, PhRMA provided comments on the Colombian Resolution 5246, a public interest declaration for several drugs for the hepatitis c virus (HCV). A copy of the PhRMA letter is attached below. It is a combination of complaints about procedure and substance, and an implicit threat that PhRMA will ask Trump to intervene. …

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Expert Panel charts a road map for WHO’s engagement on transparency and R&D

In November 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a report charting a path forward for the expansion of WHO’s work on the transparency of R&D costs and medicines prices while rekindling the prospects for WHO to assume the mantle of leadership in the progressive implementation of delinkage of R&D costs from the prices of and incentives …

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Chilean Cámara de Diputados Votes Overwhelmingly To Proceed With Compulsory Licenses for HCV Drugs

The Cámara de Diputados of the Chilean Congress has overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling on the President to advance the compulsory licensing request on HCV drugs made in March 2017 by patients, advocates including Innovarte NGO, and elected officials. The resolution, Number 1014, passed by a 96-0 vote with one abstention, and includes the signatures of representatives …

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National Institutes of Health proposed exclusive license for kidney cancer patents to company without its own phone number

On November 29, 2017, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has given a notice to a prospective license to patents on the treatment of renal cell carcinoma, a form of kidney cancer. The prospective licensee is T-Cure Bioscience Inc, which the NIH describes as “located in Thousand Oaks, California and incorporated under the laws of …

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SCP27: WIPO patent committee agrees to future work on patent oppositions, exceptions and limitations, and patents and health

On Friday afternoon, 15 December 2017, the 27th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) agreed to a future program of work that included the following topics: 1) Exceptions and Limitations to Patent Rights, 2) Quality of Patents, including Opposition Systems, 3) Patents and Health, Confidentiality of Communications between Clients …

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KEI reaction to 11th WTO Ministerial Conference – Joint Statement on E-Commerce

On December 13, 2017, a joint statement on e-commerce was endorsed by Ministers representing 70 WTO members at the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina (see below). KEI’s statement on the WTO e-commerce agenda is as follows: “There is no question about the importance of e-commerce and digital trade. Less clear is why …

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SCP27: South Africa urges WIPO to invite UNHLP Co-Chairs to present their findings

On Tuesday, 12 December 2017, the South African delegation to the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) delivered the following statement on patents and health. South Africa reiterated its strong support for the Report of the UN High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines and exhorted the Committee to invite the Co-Chairs of …

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SCP27: KEI statement on pressures faced by Brazil and Colombia in using TRIPS flexibilities

On 12 December 2017, KEI delivered the following intervention to WIPO on pressures faced by Brazil and Colombia in using TRIPS flexibilities. 12 December 2017 SCP 27 Thank you Chair. We welcome the opportunity to provide inputs on the constraints faced by developing countries and LDCs in making full use of patent flexibilities in promoting …

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SCP27: KEI statement on patents and health

On Tuesday, 12 December 2017, Knowledge Ecology International delivered the following intervention at the 27th session of the WIPO Standing Committee of the Law of Patents during discussions of a work program on patents and health. Knowledge Ecology International reiterates our strong support for the African proposal contained in document SCP/24/4 on a work program …

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