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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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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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WIPO SCP27: KEI statement on exceptions and limitations to patent rights

On Monday, 11 December 2017, KEI delivered the following statement in response to WIPO’s publication of a  Draft Reference Document on Exception Regarding Acts for Obtaining Regulatory Approval from Authorities. KEI commends the work of the WIPO secretariat in preparing Draft Reference Document (SCP27/3) on Exception Regarding Acts for Obtaining Regulatory Approval from Authorities. The …

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Asia Pacific Group asks WIPO to initiate exploratory discussions on the Report of the UN High Level Panel on Access to Medicines

On Monday, 11 December 2017, Indonesia, on behalf of the Asia Pacific Group, delivered the following opening statement at the 27th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP). The Asia Pacific Group issued a clarion call exhorting WIPO to initiate exploratory discussions on the Report of the UN High-Level Panel …

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KEI comments to WIPO SCP on constraints faced by countries in making full use of TRIPS flexibilities

On 8 December 2017, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) submitted the following paper on “constraints faced by developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs) in making full use of patent flexibilities and their impacts” on access to medicines pursuant to the decision of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) …

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Expert panel recommends that the WHO move forward on transparency and delinkage

On Monday, 27 November 2017, the WHO published the recommendations of the overall programme review of the global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property (EB142/14).  The full report of the overall programme review (OPR) will be published on Tuesday, 28 November 2017. The mandate for this work is provided …

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WIPO publishes scoping study scoping study on the impact of the digital environment on copyright legislation

On Thursday, 26 October 2017, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published a scoping study (SCCR/35/4) on the impact of the digital environment on copyright legislation adopted between 2006 and 2016; the author of this study is Guilda Rostama, Ph.D. The mandate for this study emanates from a proposal of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States (GRULAC) first tabled at the 31st session of WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) in December 2015. At SCCR33 in November 2016, WIPO Member States agreed to the following:

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