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Intervention of the South Centre at EB134 expressing solidarity with the Republic of South Africa

On Thursday, 23 January 2014, the South Centre delivered the following statement at the 134th session of the World Health Organization's Executive Board under agenda item 9.7, access to essential medicines, expressing solidarity with the Government of the Republic of South Africa following the Pharmagate exposé.


Timeline of WIPO negotiations on a Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations

Timeline of WIPO negotiations on a Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations


  • Done at Rome on 26 October 1961 in Rome, Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations


WIPO hosts Conference on Open Innovation: Collaborative Projects and the Future of Knowledge (22-23 January 2014)

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will host a "Conference on Open Innovation: Collaborative Projects and the Future of Knowledge" on 22-23 January 2014 at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

The origins of this conference on open collaborative development models is predicated upon Recommendation 36 of the WIPO Development Agenda which states:

LESI to convene Global Technology Impact Forum (20-21 January 2014) at WIPO followed by dinner at the Mandarin Oriental

The Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI) is convening its annual Global Technology Impact Forum (GTIF) at the headquarters of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) from 20 to 21 January 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. Although this international forum is hosted in Room A at WIPO headquarters, this event (at the time of publication of this blog) does not appear on the calendar of WIPO events for January 2014.

SCCR26: US Intervention on Exceptions and Limitations for Educational Activities

The United States of America delivered the following intervention on Exceptions and Limitations for Educational Activities at SCCR 26 on Friday morning, 20 December 2013.

United States of America

Intervention on Exceptions and Limitations for Educational Activities
SCCR/26, December 20, 2013

Draft Conclusions on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations

The following draft conclusions were distributed during the morning session (18 December 2013) of Wednesday's SCCR. There will be changes before they are approved.


1. The Committee considered the working document SCCR/24/10 Corr., as well as the proposal submitted by the government of Japan, document SCCR/26/6. In addition, the Committee took note of the working document containing the proposal from the government of India.

WIPO broadcasting treaty: US tables proposal for discussion on a single right

The United States tabled this proposal for discussion to ensure that its compromise approach would be annexed to the consolidated text.

December 17, 2013

Proposal for Discussion


Broadcasting organizations shall have the right to authorize the simultaneous or near-simultaneous retransmission of their broadcast or pre-broadcast signal over any medium.


US proposes a "single right" which excludes post-fixation rights and opens door to retransmission over any medium

During discussions at the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) on the broadcasting treaty, the following proposal of the United States (on Article 9-Protection for Broadcasting Organizations) was distributed in the plenary (following requests by Kenya and Ecuador to see the proposal in writing).

WIPO broadcast treaty: New Indian proposal on scope of application rejects webcasting

16 December 2013

Monday afternoon's session of the WIPO SCCR witnessed a spirited debate on the heart of the proposed WIPO broadcast treaty (Article 6) on the Scope of Application. The original consolidated text, SCCR/24/10 CORR, contains two alternatives, A and B with language detailing the relationship between the protection of signals, the underlying content and webcasting.

Japan wants Webcasting back into the Casting Treaty: What happened to Broadcasting in the "Traditional" Sense?

In preparation for WIPO's upcoming Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) discussions (16 December 2013 to 20 December 2013) on a proposed Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations, the Government of Japan submitted a new proposal, SCCR/26/6 (Draft Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations) on 28 November 2013 to be consolidated with the main negotiating text, SCCR/24/10 Corr.

TPP: Waxman letter to USTR opposing 12 year term of biologics exclusivity

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 Bali

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 Projects

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.

KEI: WIPO should update 1976 Tunis Model Law on Copyright for Developing Countries

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.

Are Nike, IOC and European football leagues scoring new IPR at the WTO?

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).

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