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5 March 2013-WTO TRIPS Council-Intervention of India on LDC request for an extension to the transition period

On 5 March 2013, the Government of India made the following intervention at the TRIPS Council under agenda item 11, request for an extension of the transitional period under Article 66.1 of the TRIPS Agreement. In their intervention, India unequivocally supported the duly motivated requested submitted by Haiti on behalf of the LDC Group on 5 November 2012 (IP/C/W/583).

India asserted that the "no roll back provision" of the 2005 extension had no place in the TRIPS Agreement and noted that

5 March 2013-WTO TRIPS Council-Intervention of India on Intellectual Property and Innovation: Small and medium Sized Enterprises

On 5 March 2013, the Government of India delivered the following statement at the TRIPS Council on agenda item 13, Intellectual Property and Innovation: Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, a standalone item tabled by Chile, Chinese Taipei, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America.

We thank the delegations of Chinese Taipei, Korea, the United States and others for tabling an agenda item on "Intellectual Property and Innovation: Small and medium Sized Enterprises" which we understand is a standalone item.

26 February 2013: UNDP/UNAIDS support LDC request for an extension to the TRIPS transition period

On 26 February 2013, one week before the WTO TRIPS Council (5-6 March 2013) meets to consider the LDC Group's request (IP/C/W/583) for an extension of the transitional period under Article 66.1 of the TRIPS Agreement, UNDP and

KEI intervention to WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents: patents and health

The following statement was delivered at the 19th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law Of Patents (SCP) after presentations by the secretariats of WIPO, WHO and WTO on the trilateral report.

26 February 2013

TRIPS Council meeting (5-6 March 2013: LDC request for an extension to transition period and New Zealand plain packaging)

The following WTO airgram WTO/AIR/4075/REV.1 (22 February 2013) contains the agenda for the upcoming WTO Council for TRIPS meeting to be held in Geneva from Tuesday, 5 March 2013 to Wednesday, 6 March 2013. The March 2013 session of the TRIPS Council will discuss the LDC Group's request (IP/C/W/583) for an extension of the transitional period under Article 66.1 of the TRIPS Agreement under agenda item 11.

October 2012: Chinese comments on future work of WIPO patent committee (L&Es, patent quality and patents and health)

On 17 October 2012, the State Intellectual Property Office of China submitted the following comments to the Electronic Forum of WIPO's Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) in relation to the future work of the Committee. The written submission focused on: 1) Exceptions and Limitations to Patent Rights, 2. Quality of Patents and 3. Patents and Health. These points were encapsulated in China's general intervention today.

[English translation by WIPO]

WIPO patent committee to discuss patent quality (including opposition systems), L&Es and patents and health

The 19th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) meets in Geneva from 25 February 2013 to 28 February 2013. The 18th session of the SCP ended on a contentions note as WIPO member states could not agree upon the future work of the Committee. In fact, SCP 19 was initially scheduled for November 2012 but was delayed till February 2013 as WIPO's membership thought informal discussions were required to produce a successful outcome for the future work of the patent committee.

WIPO Special Session SCCR negotiations on treaty for blind, 20 February 2013 version of the text

Attached below is the version of the negotiating text from 20 February 2013. It includes several new or edited footnotes. We expect the WIPO Special Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) to discuss the new text at the plenary which is scheduled to commence at 10, Wednesday, 21 February 2013.

Footnote 10 is placed within Article E of the draft treaty text on "Importation of Accessible Format Copies" which states

MEP Keller questions EU on its position on extension of WTO TRIPS Agreement transition period for Least Developed Countries

On 28 January 2013, the following question tabled by MEP Franziska Keller (Verts/ALE) to the European Union on the EU's position on extension of WTO TRIPS Agreement transition period for Least Developed Countries was made available.

WHO/WIPO/WTO trilateral report: Human rights, de-linkage and the R&D Treaty

As mentioned in a previous piece, the trilateral report by the secretariats of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation: Intersections between public health, intellectual property and trade, covers a lot of ground including but not limited to: 1) the global burden of disease and global health risks, 2) health and human rights, 3) access to essential medicines: an indicator for the fulfillment of the right to

Abbott and Senator Hatch lambast Global Fund's policy on generics and compulsory licensing

On 13 April 2011, Senator Orrin Hatch (Republican-Utah) wrote a letter to then-Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton complaining about Global Fund's policy on generic procurement and compulsory licensing. With respect to procurement, Sen. Hatch asserted that Global Fund monies were used to procure generic drugs "at unnecessary costs in recipient countries" while branded drugs (all Abbott products) were were available at a lower cost.

WHO/WIPO/WTO report on Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation: Article 39.3 and the cost-sharing approach

On Tuesday, 5 February 2013, the Secretariats of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) released their joint publication, Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation: Intersections between public health, intellectual property and trade. This 251-page report covers a lot of ground.

In the words of the secretariats,

WHO Director-General Chan throws down the gauntlet on the CEWG process: "Let's fight this out at the Assembly!"

* The author thanks Belinda Townsend, Katy Athersuch, Judit Rius Sanjuan and Alice Fabbri for their comprehensive notes during the WHO Executive Board discussion of the CEWG agenda item.

Joint Letter to the 132nd WHO Executive Board: Follow-up of the report of the CEWG

Joint Letter to the 132nd WHO Executive Board: Follow-up of the report of the CEWG

Distinguished Delegate,

We are writing to express our deep concern at the lack of ambition and apparent inaction of the WHO and Member States in taking forward the work of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination (CEWG). This inaction is costing lives.

LESI to convene Global Technology Impact Forum (20-22 January 2013) at WIPO with a dinner reception at the Mandarin Oriental

The Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI) is convening its second Global Technology Impact Forum (GTIF) at the headquarters of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) from 20 January 2013 to 22 January 2013. Although this international forum is hosted at WIPO headquarters, this event does not appear on the calendar of WIPO events for January 2013. It should be noted that this Forum just precedes the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting In Davos from 23 January 2013 to 27 January 2013.

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