In a 6 December 2013 letter, Representative Henry Waxman wrote to USTR Ambassador Michael Froman opposing USTR's proposal of a term of 12 years of exclusivity for biologics in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The letter notes,
[w]hile I have worked closely with Senator Hatch on important health issues, including the generic drug law that we co-authored in 1984, I strongly disagreed that the United States should be proposing twelve years of exclusivity.
Vatican criticizes Trans Pacific Partnership: Holy See statement to 9th WTO Ministerial Conference in BaliSubmitted by thiru on 5. December 2013 - 6:36
The 9th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is taking place in Bali, Indonesia from 3-6 December 2013. At the Ministerial, H.E. Archbishop, Silvano M. Tomasi, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva delivered a withering critique of the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
3-5 December 2013: WHO Global Technical Consultative Meeting of Experts on Identification of Health R&D Demonstration ProjectsSubmitted by thiru on 2. December 2013 - 5:45
The World Health Organization (WHO) is convening a Global Technical Consultative Meeting of Experts on Identification of Health Research & Development Demonstration Projects from 3-5 December 2013.
The twelfth session of the WIPO's Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) is taking place from 18 November 2013 to 21 November 2013. This Committee, squeezed into just four days of discussions, has a heavy workload.
At the request of the European Union, Jamaica, Mexico and the United States of America, the topic of "Intellectual Property and Sports" was placed for discussion at the World Trade Organization's (WTO) October 2013 session of the Council for TRIPS (TRIPS Council).
During the October 2013 WTO TRIPS Council, India delivered the following intervention on Intellectual Property and Sports. The European Union, Jamaica, Mexico and the United States had requested this agenda item placed for discussion.
Intervention on IP and Sports
On 10 October 2013, India delivered the following intervention at the WTO TRIPS Council's annual review of the paragraph 6 system.
Para 6 Mechanism
At the October 2013 WTO TRIPS Council, Venezuela delivered the following intervention on intellectual property and sports noting that the WTO should not duplicate WIPO negotiations on a possible treaty for the protection on broadcasting organizations.
Punto 13: Propiedad Intelectual y Deportes
Gracias señor Presidente
On Thursday, 10 October 2013, India delivered this intervention on Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement mandates developed country members of the WTO to "provide incentives to enterprises and institutions in their territories for the purpose of promoting and encouraging technology transfer to least-developed country Members in order to enable them to create a sound and viable technological base."
Intervention on Art 66.2
South Africa Draft Policy on Intellectual Property rejects giving ownership interest in copyrighted works to broadcastersSubmitted by thiru on 9. September 2013 - 8:28
On 4 September 2013, the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI) of the Republic of South Africa released its long-awaited "Draft National Policy on Intellectual Property". This policy framework was gazetted in the Government Gazette as Vol. 579, No. 36816. Public comments will be accepted until 17 October 2013.
Media coverage of the Marrakesh Treaty for the Blind negotiations
22 June 2013, The Washington Post, Filmmakers’ group tries to reshape treaty that would benefit the blind
24 June 2013, The Guardian, US film industry tries to weaken copyright treaty for blind people
"IP as a power tool for development" is back for a Nov. 2013 conference organized by South Africa's Companies and IP CommissionSubmitted by thiru on 2. August 2013 - 9:00
During Kamil Idris's tenure at the helm of the World Intellectual Property Organization, a hackneyed mantra of the organization was "Intellectual property: a power tool for economic growth".
WTO teams up with South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry, WHO and WIPO to convene workshop on IP and public healthSubmitted by thiru on 31. July 2013 - 4:22
On 7-8 August 2013, the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI), Republic of South Africa and the World Trade Organization (WTO), in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will hold a National Workshop on Intellectual Property and Public Health in Pretoria. Leading experts from these intergovernmental organizations, Roger Kampf (WTO), Dr.
WIPO GA 2013 to decide on future of the Intergovernmental Committee on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and FolkloreSubmitted by thiru on 25. July 2013 - 8:24
The Forty-Third session of the WIPO General Assembly which meets from 23 September 2013 to 2 October 2013 will have the pleasant task of untangling the Gordion knot that is the Report of the Proposals Made by Delegations Regarding Future Work of the IGC.
On 24 July 2013 the Ian Goss (Australia), the facilitator of the 25th session of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC/GRTKF),
prepared the following draft recommendation for consideration by the WIPO General Assembly in September 2013. Currently, WIPO member states are examining the text and will provide their comments on the draft recommendations when the plenary resumes this afternoon.