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SCCR28: Opening statement of the Asia Pacific Group

On Monday, 30 June 2014, Bangladesh, on behalf of the Asia Pacific Group, delivered its opening statement at SCCR 29. The Asia Pacific Group includes such nations as Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. On limitations and exceptions, the Asia Pacific Group proposed the an innovative model to move discussions forward:

Whither CEWG? WHA Decision WHA67(15) and TDR's Joint Coordination Board

In May 2014, the 67th World Health Assembly passed decision WHA67(15) which set the wheels in motion for the creation of a new pooled funding mechanism for R&D. The mandate for this pooled funding mechanism states:

The Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly, having considered the follow-up of the report of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development Financing and Coordination,...

SCCR28: Venezuelan and Uruguayan reaction to Chair's proposal to invite broadcasters to provide technical expertise in informals

During the first day of WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR28), the Committee was made aware of the Chair's (Martin Moscoso, Peru) proposal to invite three experts from the broadcasting industry (1) Alexandre Jobim, International Association of Broadcasting, (2) Premila Manvi Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union and (3) Erica Redler (North American Broadcasters Association). Venezuela, noted,

WTO TRIPS Council (June 2014): Indian intervention on Non-Violation and Situation Complaints

On 11 June 2014, India delivered the following statement at the WTO TRIPS Council on on non-violation and situation complaints in response to the US proposal (IP/C/W/599) tabled on 10 June 2014.

NV&S Complaints

WTO TRIPS Council (June 2014): EU on the contribution of IP to facilitate the transfer of environmentally rational technology

On Wednesday, 11 June 2014, the European Union delivered the following statement on the "Contribution of IP to facilitate the transfer of environmentally rational technology technology.'

EU intervention under point 11. Of the TRIPS Council Agenda
"Contribution of IP to facilitate the transfer of environmentally rational technology"

WTO TRIPS Council (June 2014) - India's intervention on Intellectual Property and Innovation: Innovation Incubators

On Wednesday, 11 June 2014, India delivered a statement at the WTO TRIPS Council on"Intellectual Property and Innovation: Innovation Incubators"; Chinese Taipei (WTO speak for Taiwan) and the United States proposed this agenda item.

We thank the delegations of the United States and Chinese Taipei for tabling an agenda item on "Intellectual Property and Innovation: Innovation Incubators " which we understand is a standalone item.

WIPO: Africa Group Statement on the Formal Integration of PPH system to PCT

WIPO's Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group is meeting from 10 June 2014 to 13 June 2014. Among the hot topics of discussion is a paper tabled by the United Kingdom and the United States on Formal Integration of the Patent Prosecution Highway into the PCT. The basic ask of the UK/US proposal (PCT/WG/7/21) is to amend the regulations of WIPO's PCT Regulations and Administrative Instructions to formally integrate the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) into the PCT system.

WTO TRIPS Council (June 2014): USTR submission on Non-Violation Complaints Under the TRIPS Agreement

On 10 June 2014, the United States tabled a paper (IP/C/W/599) to the World Trade Organization's (WTO) TRIPS Council on "Non-Violation Complaints Under the TRIPS Agreement." This paper is expected to be discussed at the TRIPS Council today (11 June 2014) under agenda item 7 on "Non-Violation and Situation Complaints."

As previously mentioned in our February 2014 piece,

WHA67: Statement of South Africa on behalf of the African Region on Access to Essential Medicines

On Friday, 23 May 2014, the World Health Assembly is currently discussing access to essential medicines in the context of resolution EB134.R16, tabled China in January 2014. The following statement was delivered by South Africa on behalf of the 47 members of the African region. South Africa highlighted the point that "vaccines and anti-cancer drugs remain out of reach of millions of people in both developed and developing countries."

WIPO fails to reach agreement to convene a Diplomatic Conference for adoption of the Design Law Treaty

On Thursday, 8 May 2014, the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) appointed Francis Gurry as Director General for a second term. This second term would run from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2020.

The General Assembly also addressed the following topic: "Consideration of the Convening of a Diplomatic Conference for the Adoption of a Design Law Treaty." At the close of business on Friday, 9 May 2014, the General Assembly could not reach consensus on convening a Diplomatic Conference on concluding the Design Law Treaty.

SCCR27: Chair's Conclusions

At 12:56 AM on 3 May 2014, WIPO's Copyright Committee, (SCCR27) could not reach agreement on the future work on "Limitations and exceptions: libraries and archives." The main point of contention was "text-based work" which the European Union sought to excise from the text. Consequently, the Committee was at an impasse in developing an appropriate international legal instrument (in whatever form) on copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives (whether model law, joint recommendation, treaty and/or other forms).

SCCR27: African Group position on Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries and Archives

On Wednesday, 30 April 2014, Kenya delivered the following statement on "Limitations & Exemptions for Libraries and Archives" on behalf of the African Group. In contrast to the European Union, the African Group underscored the point that copyright limitations and exceptions

SCCR27: Asia Pacific Group outlines its position on the broadcast treaty and copyright L&Es

The Republic of Korea delivered the following statement outlining the position of the Asia Pacific Group (a large and diverse group of Member States including but not limited to Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, the Republic of Korea and Singapore).

Asia Pacific Group Statement for SCCR 27- final

Thank you Mr. Chairman

Good morning dear colleagues.

Mr. Chairman,

I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of Asia Pacific group.

Mr. Chairman,

SCCR27: US position on the Scope of Application (Article 6) of the proposed Broadcasting Treaty

The WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR27) is currently discussing Article 6 (Scope of Application) of the working text of the proposed Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations (SCCR/27/2).

The United States of America delivered this nuanced intervention on the Scope of Application.

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