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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,

WIPO General Assembly 2014: Decision Paragraph on the Design Law Treaty-Decision punted till 2015

On 30 September 2014, the WIPO secretariat handed the following text relating to the "Consideration of the Convening of a Diplomatic Conference for the Adoption of a Design Law Treaty (DLT)."

Consideration of the Convening of a Diplomatic Conference for the Adoption of a Design Law Treaty (DLT)

Agenda item 14 Decision Paragraph

The WIPO General Assembly:

Will at its session in September 2015 decide on whether to convene a diplomatic conference for the adoption of a Design Law Treaty as soon as practicable."

WIPO General Assembly 2014: Draft decision on item 16 (IGC on genetic resources, traditional knowledge & folklore)

On 30 September 2014, the WIPO secretariat handed the following draft decision relating to the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC).

GA 2014

Draft decision on item 16

The WIPO General Assembly:

(1)) took note of the information contained in document WO/GA/46/6;

(2) took note of the statements made by delegations at the Forty-Sixth Session of the WIPO General Assembly in 2014; and

WIPO General Assembly 2014: No Decision Reached on the Work of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)

On Tuesday, 30 September 2014, the Secretariat handed out the following text:

Matters relating to the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) Agenda item 15 Decision Paragraph

The WIPO General Assembly

(i) took note of the information contained in document WO/GA/46/5; and

(ii) took note of the statements made by delegations at the 46th session of the WIPO General Assembly in 2014.

WIPO General Assembly 2014: KEI Statement on the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents

On Thursday, 25 September 2014, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) delivered this statement on agenda item 17(i), Reports on other WIPO Committees, (i) Standing on the Law of Patents (SCP).

WIPO General Assembly 2014

17. Reports on other WIPO Committees
(i) Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP);

Statement of Knowledge Ecology International

WIPO General Assembly 2014: South Africa Intervention on the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP)

On Thursday, 25 September 2014, South Africa delivered the following intervention on agenda item 17(i) on the Report of the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) at the Fifty-Fourth Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO.

South Africa Intervention on the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP)

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