On Wednesday, 23 May 2012, Chile delivered the following statement on patents and health at the 18th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP). In particular, Chile made a strong case for the WIPO SCP to study existing flexibilities in the international patent system.
Kenyan resolution to the 65th World Health Assembly: WHO Convention on Research and Development Financing and CoordinationSubmitted by thiru on 19. May 2012 - 1:58
During the week of 14 May 2012, the Republic of Kenya submitted a resolution to the 65th session of the World Health Assembly entitled, "WHO Convention on Research and Development Financing and Coordination". The resolution will be published by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a conference paper for discussion in Committee A under agenda item 13.14 Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination. It is expected that this agenda item on the CEWG will be brought forward for early discussion at the Assembly.
Key WIPO committee on patents to discuss patents and health, exceptions and limitations to patent rights and opposition systemsSubmitted by thiru on 14. May 2012 - 3:35
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will convene the 18th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) from 21 May 2012 to 25 May 2012 (during the same week as the 65th session of the World Health Assembly). The agenda of the SCP is reproduced below.
On Thursday, 5 April 2012, the World Health Organization released the report of the Report of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination (CEWG) entitled "Research and Development to Meet Health Needs in Developing Countries: Strengthening Global Financing and Coordination".
5 April 2012: World Health Organization's Consultative Expert Working Group on R&D Financing releases its ReportSubmitted by thiru on 5. April 2012 - 6:49
On Thursday, 5 April 2012, the World Health Organization released the report of the Report of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination entitled "Research and Development to Meet Health Needs in Developing Countries: Strengthening Global Financing and Coordination". The 218 page report will take some time to fully assess.
The report can be found here: http://www.who.int/phi/CEWG_Report_5_April_2012.pdf
WTO Dispute Settlement: Ukraine files dispute against Australia (13 March 2012) on Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill 2011Submitted by thiru on 14. March 2012 - 6:09
The following information is taken directly from the World Trade Organization's dispute settlement web page which reports that on 13 March 2012, Ukraine requested consultations with Australia under the WTO's dispute settlement system with respect to Australia's Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill 2011 which the WTO website noted imposes "trademark restrictions and other plain packaging requirements on tobacco products".
ACTA: European Union's statement on IP Enforcement Trends at WTO Council for TRIPS (28 February 2012)Submitted by thiru on 2. March 2012 - 4:59
The global upsurge of popular opposition to the Anti-Counterfeiting Agreement (ACTA), particularly evident across Europe in the last month, has pushed the governments of Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, and the Netherlands, Poland to reconsider their ratification of the controversial treaty.
These are the interventions delivered by the United States of America on 28 February 2012 during WTO Council for TRIPS discussions on ACTA under "IP Enforcement Trends".
N. IP ENFORCEMENT TRENDS
[U.S. First Intervention]
• We appreciate this opportunity to discuss enforcement of IP rights, and hopefully to dispel some misperceptions about IP enforcement in general and the ACTA in particular.
• Effective enforcement of intellectual property rights is critical to sustaining economic growth across all industries and globally.
KEI submission to the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) on Patents and Health
28 February 2012
According to informed sources, the delegation of Ecuador delivered the following statement to the WTO Council for TRIPS on Tuesday, 28 February 2012 raising concerns that the damages section found under Article 9 of ACTA could potentially chill the flexibilities found under Article 44 of the TRIPS Agreement which sets out the WTO rules on injunctions.
CONSEJO DE LOS ADPIC
28-29 DE FEBRERO DE 2012
PUNTO N. DE LA AGENDA
INTERVENCIÓN DEL ECUADOR
28 Feb 2012: Intervention delivered by India at WTO TRIPS Council on IP Enforcement Trends noting concerns with ACTA and TPPASubmitted by thiru on 28. February 2012 - 11:02
This intervention was delivered by India at today's WTO Council for TRIPS during discussions of agenda item "N" on IP Enforcement Trends. The statement raises India's concerns with plurilateral agreements like ACTA and TPPA and their potential impacts on public health, international exhaustion, border measures and digital goods and internet freedom.
IP Enforcement Trends
(TRIPS council Feb 28, 2012)
As reported previously, Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States have requested the WTO TRIPS Council to hold a discussion on IP Enforcement Trends (ie, ACTA).
Agenda of TRIPS Council meeting (28-29 February 2012): Review of ACTA and Australia's tobacco plain packaging bill 2011Submitted by thiru on 27. February 2012 - 1:55
The following WTO airgram WTO/AIR/3892/REV.1 contains the agenda for the upcoming WTO Council for TRIPS meeting to be held in Geneva from Tuesday, 28 February 2012 to Wednesday, 29 February 2012. Paragraph 2 and agenda items D, E, F, J, M and N will be of interest to readers. It should be noted that in the original document, the text is capitalized.
The Dominican Republic made a written request to the WTO secretariat that an additional agenda item be added ("M) on "Australia: Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill 2011 and its compatibility with the TRIPS Agreement".
Written comments of Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) regarding the World Intellectual Property Organization's Taxonomy Analytical Study for the Project on Open Collaborative Projects and IP-Based Models (CDIP/8/INF/7)
21 February 2012
Statement by the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)- Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC)
Geneva, 17 February 2012
I join previous speakers and congratulate you on your election.