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EB136: WHO Evaluation of the global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property

The World Health Organization (WHO) convenes its 136th Executive Board in Geneva from 26 January 2015 to 3 February 2015. Among the topics up for discussion at EB136 is the proposed evaluation of WHO"s global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property (document EB136/31). The mandate for this overall program review of the global strategy and plan of action emanates from WHA62.16, paragraph 6, which requests the WHO

SCCR29: Summary By the Chair

On Friday, 12 December 2014, Martin Moscoso, the Chair of the 29th session of WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR29) released his Summary By the Chair (attached below) which contained language on the 1) protection of broadcasting organizations, 2) limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives and 3) limitations and exceptions for educational and research institutions and for person with other disabilities.

SCCR29: Opening statement of the Asia and the Pacific Group on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives

On Thursday afternoon, 11 December 2014, Bangladesh delivered the following powerful intervention on behalf of the Asia and the Pacific Group on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives. This group includes nations such as Bangladesh, Iran, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. The Asia and Pacific Group stressed that copyright limitations and exceptions were assured to developing countries and LDCs to ensure a more balanced and efficient international copyright system anchored in Article 7 of the WTO TRIPS Agreement,

SCCR29: Opening statement of the European Union

IMG_2394-oliver-hall-allen-sccr29-700x518.jpgThe World Intellectual Property Organization's 29th Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) is meeting in Geneva from 8-12 December 2014. WIPO has a live stream of the proceedings; the password is sccr29. The opening statement of the European Union is contained below.

Save the Date - 10 December 2014: The Broadcasting Treaty: A Solution in Search of a Problem?

On Wednesday, 10 December 2014, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) will convene a side event entitled, "The Broadcasting Treaty: A Solution in Search of a Problem?"; the event will take place in Room B of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) from 13:30 to 15:00.

Former WTO Director-General, Pascal Lamy, mooted to chair Global Fund's Equitable Access Initiative

On 14 March 2014, KEI published "Resurrecting the Ghost of Høsbjør Past: Global Fund seeks to establish global framework on tiered pricing enforced by WTO rules" in which we provided an analysis of the Global Fund's plans to create a global framework for tiered pricing enforced by the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

WIPO patent committee (SCP21): Intervention of KEI on Patents and Health

The following intervention on patents and health was delivered by KEI during the 21st session on WIPO's Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP). Part 1 was delivered on 4 November 2014 during discussions of the Feasibility Study on the Disclosure of International Nonproprietary Names (INN) in Patent Applications and/or Patents. Part 2 was delivered on 5 November 2014 during general discussions on patents and health.

Statement of Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)

Item 7: Patents and health

Part 1

WIPO patent committee (SCP21): Intervention of Pakistan on Patents and Health

On Wednesday, 5 November 2014, Pakistan delivered the following intervention on patents and health.

Agenda 7 Statement on patents and health

1. General statement

Mr. Chair,

I will make this statement in national capacity,

WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP 21): Intervention of Pakistan on Opposition Systems

On Tuesday, 5 November 2014, Pakistan delivered the following intervention on opposition systems.

Mr. Chairman,

The agenda item on quality of patents also include another item on "opposition systems" which was not discussed by the Committee. I want to make a small statement on opposition systems.

WIPO patent committee (SCP21) to discuss International Nonproprietary Names and Exceptions and Limitations to Patent Rights

In the words of the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) was created,

created in 1998 to serve as a forum to discuss issues, facilitate coordination and provide guidance concerning the progressive international development of patent law.

WTO TRIPS Council (October 2014): Statement of India on the Review of the Paragraph 6 system (compulsory licensing for export)

On 28 October 2014, India delivered the following intervention at the WTO TRIPS Council's annual review of the Paragraph 6 system (designed to facilitate compulsory licensing for export of pharmaceuticals).

In particular, India noted that

India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion creates IPR Think Tank to Draft National IPR Policy

On Friday, 24 October 2014, India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) announced the creation of an IPR Think Tank to Draft National Intellectual Property Rights Policy.

The composition of the think tank follows:

Justice Prabha Sridevan, Chairperson, IPR Think Tank;
Ms. Pratibha Singh, Advocate, Singh & Singh Associates, Member;
Ms. Punita Bhargava, Advocate, Inventure IP, Member;
Dr. Unnat Pandit, Cadila Pharmaceuticals Limited, Member;

UPDATE: TRIPS Council (Oct. 2014): Ukraine requests discussion on compatibility of tobacco plain packaging measures with TRIPS

UPDATE: On 17 October 2014, the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO) circulated an updated WTO airgram WTO/AIR/4358 REV. 1 to its Members following a request by Ukraine. Ukraine requested the addition of an item on "Concerns with Respect to Measures Related to Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products and their Compatibility with the TRIPS Agreement." This will be discussed under agenda item 13.

WIPO General Assembly 2014, 30 September 2014: Brazilian proposal on SCCR

During intense plenary discussions regarding WIPO's future work program on the protection of broadcasting organizations and copyright limitations and exceptions, Brazil made the following proposal to reproduce language from the General Assembly decision of 2013. Brazil proposed,

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