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WTO TRIPS Council (November 2012): Intervention of the United States on Intellectual Property and Innovation

On 7 November 2012, the United States of America delivered the following intervention under agenda item M, "Intellectual Property and Innovation".

M. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND INNOVATION

• Thank you, Mr. Chair.

• The United States is pleased to join with Brazil in sponsoring this item on the agenda.

Update: WTO Trade Policy Review of Israel covers new developments on fair use, data exclusivity and parallel importation

UPDATE: On 3 December 2012, the secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO) released the minutes of Israel's Trade Policy Review (WT/TPR/M/272) held on 30 October 2012 and 1 November 2012. According to the chair, Eduardo Munoz Gomez (Colombia), innovation was one of the salient points identified in the TPR noting that:

2013 deadline looms for LDC members of the World Trade Organization

On 29 November 2005 the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Council for TRIPS (TRIPS Council) extended the transition period accorded to least developed country (LDC) members of the WTO to implement their obligations under the TRIPS Agreement from 1 January 2006 to 1 July 2013.

WTO TRIPS Council (November 2012): Brazil and United States table agenda item on Intellectual Property and Innovation

The following WTO airgram WTO/AIR/4020 (12 October 2012) contains the agenda for the upcoming WTO Council for TRIPS meeting to be held in Geneva from Tuesday, 6 November 2012 to Wednesday, 7 November 2012. The airgram notes that Brazil and the United States have made a written request for an agenda item on "Intellectual Property and Innovation (agenda item M). Agenda item F covers the "Review under Paragraph 8 of the Decision on the Implementation of Paragraph 6 of the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health".

Here below is the WTO airgram in full.

WIPO GA 2012 calls upon the SCT to expedite work on a Design Law Treaty

After lengthy informal negotiations on 7 October 2012, the plenary of the WIPO General Assembly (GA) 2012 resumed after 18:00 to present the consensus language on the decision point concerning agenda item 28 (ii) on the Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (SCT). In particular, the GA agreed to expedite the work of the basic proposals for a Design Law Treaty. In 2013, the GA would "take stock of and consider the text, progress made, and decide on convening a diplomatic conference".

Statement of KEI to the 2012 WIPO General Assembly: Agenda item 26: Report on the work of the SCCR

4 October 2012
Agenda item 26: Report on the Work of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)
Statement of Knowledge Ecology International
WIPO General Assembly 2012

General Statement of Chile to the WIPO General Assembly 2012 (calling for WIPO to conclude a Treaty for VIPs)

Fernando Schmidt, Subsecretario de Relaciones Exteriores de Chile (Vice-Minister of External Relations, Chile), delivered the following general statement on 1 October 2012. Chile acknowledged that while a favorable environment in WIPO proved conducive to the successful passage of the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, major challenges remained. Of great import was the convening of a diplomatic conference in 2013 to conclude a Treaty for the Blind which would be a milestone in the multilateral intellectual property system.

General Statement of Development Agenda Group to WIPO General Assemblies (delivered by Brazil)

The general statement of the Development Agenda Group (DAG) was delivered by H.E. Ambassador Roberto Azevêdo (Brazil) on 1 October 2012.

On the pressing issue of a treaty for copyright exceptions for the blind, the Development Agenda Group noted that,

General Statement of India to the WIPO General Assembly 2012 (raises concerns on public health and green technology)

The following statement was delivered by Shri Saurabh Chandra, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi on Monday, 1 October 2012 at the WIPO General Assembly.

In her statement, India stressed that intellectual property norms must not create "monopoly situations which may hinder competition and access to technology".

Report of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights to the fiftieth session of the WIPO General Assembly

The fiftieth Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is meeting on Geneva from 1 October 2012 to 9 October 2012. Agenda item 26 is the "Report on the Work of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)" which according to the provisional agenda, is scheduled for discussion on Thursday, 4 October 2012.

Australia, Chile and New Zealand reply to UN Rapporteur for Right to Health on TPP complaints

KEI has recently learned that 6 of 9 countries ignored a UN Special Rapporteur request to respond to the March 22, 2011 complaint regarding the TPP. We are also disappointed in the comments from the three that did respond. The UN process for dealing with such complaints is somewhat bureaucratic and secretive. Among the three countries that did respond, Australia, Chile and New Zealand, all defended the secrecy of the TPP negotiating text and asserted that the TPP would not violate the right to health.

Intellectual Property Appellate Board (Chennai) dismisses Bayer's request for a stay on compulsory license for sorafenib

On 12 March 2012 the Controller General of Patents,Designs & Trademarks of India issued an order granting a compulsory license under Section 84 of the Patents Act (1970) to Natco in patent number 215758 granted to Bayer covering the anti-drug sorafenib toslyate. KEI filed an affidavit in this compulsory licensing dispute involving Natco and Bayer. Following the issuance of a compulsory license, Bayer requested the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) to issue a stay on the compulsory license.

KEI Comments for French consultation on CEWG

Attached is a PDF of KEI's 31 August 2012 written submission to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs' national consultation on financing and coordination of research and development for the health needs of developing countries.

September 2011: Spotlight on India at the WTO Trade Policy Review

On 14 September 2011 and 16 September 2011, the World Trade Organization (WTO) undertook a trade policy review of India. All members of the WTO are subject to review under the Trade Policy Review Mechanism (TPRM). The TPRM takes place in the "Trade Policy Review Body which is actually the WTO General Council — comprising the WTO’s full membership — operating under special rules and procedures" (Source: WTO, Trade Policy Reviews: Brief Introduction).

Geneva Fall/Winter 2012: What's in store at the WHO, WIPO and WTO

As Geneva awakes from its summer slumber post-Jeûne genevois (6 September 2012), the following conferences and negotiations are expected to shape the knowledge governance landscape in the second semester of 2012 at WHO, WIPO and WTO.

World Health Organization

Here are upcoming meetings of the WHO in 2012 of relevance to public heath, innovation and access.

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