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Friend of the Chair's text- Proposed IGC Work Plan for 2014-2015: The Road Ahead for Genetic Resources, TK and Folklore?

*The author thanks KEI intern (Anelise Rosa) for her comprehensive notes on the IGC deliberations.

US proposal: IGC Work Plan for 2015-Is the IGC train leaving the station?

The WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC/GRTKF) is meeting from 7 July 2014 to 9 July 2014. Pursuant to the mandate of the WIPO General Assembly decision in 2013, the Committee is pursuing text-based negotiations with the objective of reaching an agreement on a text(s) of an international legal instrument(s) which will ensure the effective protection of genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions.

SCCR28: Chile's opening statement on copyright limitations and exceptions

2 July 2014
On day 3 of WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR28), Chile delivered the following opening statement on copyright exceptions and limitations

Intervención general

Sr Presidente, nos alegra verlo presidir este comité y agradecemos a la secretaría por la labor realizada para llevar a cabo esta reunión.

SCCR28: Opening statement of the United States on copyright limitations and exceptions

2 July 2014

On day 3 of WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR28), the United States of America delivered the following opening statement on copyright exceptions and limitations.

28TH MEETING OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON COPYRIGHT AND RELATED RIGHTS, JULY 2, 2014

U.S. OPENING STATEMENT ON EXCEPTIONS AND LIMITATIONS (AS DELIVERED)

SCCR28: Presentation of US paper on objectives and principles for exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives

3 July 2014

On day four of WIPO SCCR28, the United States of America presented its paper on Objectives and Principles for Exceptions and Limitations for Libraries and Archives (SCCR/26/8) to the WIPO plenary.

Morning Intervention:

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,

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