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Senator Sanders introduces two medical innovation prize bills in U.S. Senate to de-link R&D costs from drug prices

Sanders_IMG_3442.jpgOn Thursday, May 26, 2011, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced two bills in the United States Senate that would de-link R&D costs from drug prices. The bill names and numbers are as follows:

  • The Medical Innovation Prize Fund Act: S. 1137
  • The Prize Fund for HIV/AIDS Act: S. 1138

USPTO statement at WIPO side event on Medicines Patent Pool

This is the statement that was delivered by Karin L. Ferriter (from USPTO and USTR), at a UNITAID side event on the Medicines Patent Pool, during a break of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents.

Statement on Medicines Patent Pool Side Event

NGO Statement on WHO governance and the Management of Conflicts of Interest and the Future of Financing for WHO

NGO Statement on WHO governance and the Management of Conflicts of Interest and the Future of Financing for WHO.

May 18, 2011

We write to express our concerns about governance of the World Health Organization (WHO) and other public health bodies, as regards the management of conflicts of interest.

KEI comments to the WIPO patent committee discussion of patent quality

During today's discussion at the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) on patent quality KEI make four points in its intervention.

1. WIPO should consider gathering information on the costs of litigation to challenge the validity of patents.

2. WIPO should consider creating a database to share information on the cases where litigation has resulted findings that patent claims as invalid.

Dr. Balasubramaniam

On April 19, 2011, Dr Kumariah Balasubramaniam died at his home in Sri Lanka. Dr. Balasubramaniam, known to many as Dr. Bala, was described by Professor Colvin Gooneratne as "one of the most knowledgeable, resolute, articulate, versatile, resilient and in many other ways exceptionally brilliant health activists [the world] has produced." My tribute to Dr. Bala is in the Huffington Post. Prof.

The USTR Special 301 Report, some initial reactions

The USTR Special 301 Report was issued today. The full report is here, the USTR web page on the report is here, and a link to the USTR press release about the report is here.

Senator Wyden releases redacted version of October 29, 2010 CRS report on ACTA

On April 26, 2011, Senator Wyden released a redacted version of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on ACTA that has been the subject to an ongoing Freedom of Information ACT (FOIA) dispute with USTR.

(More context here, here and here).

This is a link to the report that USTR claimed they could not release because of restrictions on its use by Senator Wyden.

http://keionline.org/sites/default/files/RedactedACTACRSMemotoSenWyden.pdf

Homeland Security's 2008 letter to USTR: ACTA is a threat to national security

On August 7, 2008, Stewart Baker, the Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security, sent a one page letter and a three page "Policy Position on Border Measures of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement."

Stewart Baker was the General Counsel of the National Security Agency from 1992 to 1994, and was appointed the first Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by George W Bush.

White House rejects administrative appeal on FOIA request for CRS study of ACTA

KEI just received the attached letter from the Executive Office of the President's Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) rejecting our appeal of USTRs decision to withhold a study by the Library of Congress' Congressional Research Service on ACTA that was done for Senator Wyden.

http://keionline.org/sites/default/files/USTR_20April2011_FOIA_APPEAL--CaseFile_no_10101455.pdf

US Congress is not bound by ACTA, according to White House answers to Senate Finance on ACTA and TPP negotiations

Ambassador Ron Kirk holds the office of United States Trade Representative (USTR) in the White House. On March 9, 2011, he testified before the US Senate Finance Committee on the 2011 Trade Agenda. Several members of the Committee provided follow up questions, and Ambassador Kirk has answered them. A full copy of the responses are available here:

http://keionline.org/sites/default/files/RonKirk_SFC_9Mar2011.pdf

15 April European Union proposal: 3 to 5 year delay in negotiations on a copyright treaty for blind persons

Attached is a PDF of the proposal by the European Union that was presented at the April 15, 2011 informals in Geneva, held at the US Embassy. The European Union now proposes that WIPO adopt a soft non-binding recommendation on cross border sharing of accessible works, and then monitor progress on the issue for 3 to 5 years.

HIF in the European Parliament

Today there will be a presentation at the European Parliament on the Health Impact Fund. Below are a few earlier KEI blogs about the HIF.

April 2011 report on negotiations for a WIPO copyright treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities

KEI Research Note 2011:1
April 7, 2011

Background and update on negotiations for a WIPO copyright treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities

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KEI presentation to the WHO Consultive Expert Working Group on R&D

Attached below are two PDF files that were used in my presentation today at the 1st meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO). I did not following the text that closely. The WHO is making a video of all of the presentations, which will be made available later.

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