On 19 November 2012, the European Union announced to WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) that it now had the mandate to "negotiate the conclusion conclusion of an instrument including a binding treaty" for the blind.
Statement by the European Union and its Member States 25th Session of WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights
Egypt, on behalf of the African Group, delivered the following general intervention at the beginning of WIPO discussions at the 25th Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). This was taken from the WIPO live stream of SCCR negotiations: http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=WIPO
Mark Dybul emerges victorious in Global Fund leadership race defeating candidates from Canada, France and UKSubmitted by thiru on 16. November 2012 - 8:33
It was a papal conclave save for the plume of white smoke. At 17h04 on Thursday, 15 November 2012, the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced that Dr Mark Dybul would be the organization's next Executive Director following a process marked by opacity and secrecy that would do the Vatican proud. Dybul (former United States Global AIDS Coordinator) beat a field of three other candidates that included, Monique Barbut (France), Robert Greenhill (Canada) and Barbara Stocking (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland).
On 12 November 2012, Ecuador issued a compulsory license on abacavir/lamivudine. (attached here) This follows the issuance of Ecuador's first compulsory license in 2009 on ritonavir/lopinavir.
On 7 November 2012, Brazil delivered the following intervention under agenda item M, "Intellectual Property and Innovation".
Statement by Brazil. TRIPS Council.
“Intellectual Property and Innovation”.
Thank you Chairman,
When Brazil asked for an item on “Intellectual Property and Innovation” to be included in the agenda of this session of the TRIPS Council, together with the US delegation, its primary intention was to help set the stage for a debate, without prejudging any outcome whatsoever.
WTO TRIPS Council (November 2012): Intervention of India on 10th annual review of Article 66.2 (TRIPS Agreement)Submitted by thiru on 8. November 2012 - 3:12
On 6 November 2012, India delivered the following intervention under agenda item J, "Tenth Annual Review under Paragraph 2 of the Decision on the Implementation of Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement".
TENTH ANNUAL REVIEW UNDER PARAGRAPH 2 OF THE DECISION ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ARTICLE 66.2 OF THE TRIPS AGREEMENT
Intervention on Agenda item J: Art 66.2
On 7 November 2012, India delivered the following intervention under agenda item M, "Intellectual Property and Innovation".
We thank the delegations of Brazil and the United States for tabling an agenda item on "Intellectual Property and Innovation" which we understand is a standalone item.
WTO TRIPS Council (November 2012): Intervention of the United States on the review of the Paragraph 6 systemSubmitted by thiru on 7. November 2012 - 16:14
On 6 November 2012, the United States delivered the following intervention under agenda item F, "Review under Paragraph 8 of the Decision on the Implementation of Paragraph 8 of the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health".
F. REVIEW UNDER PARAGRAPH 8 OF THE DECISION ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PARAGRAPH 6 OF THE DOHA DECLARATION ON THE TRIPS AGREEMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH
• Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and the Secretariat, for the report on the status of notifications of acceptance of the 2005 Protocol Amending the TRIPS Agreement.
WTO TRIPS Council (November 2012): Intervention of the United States on Intellectual Property and InnovationSubmitted by thiru on 7. November 2012 - 15:38
On 7 November 2012, the United States of America delivered the following intervention under agenda item M, "Intellectual Property and Innovation".
M. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND INNOVATION
• Thank you, Mr. Chair.
• The United States is pleased to join with Brazil in sponsoring this item on the agenda.
Update: WTO Trade Policy Review of Israel covers new developments on fair use, data exclusivity and parallel importationSubmitted by thiru on 2. November 2012 - 6:07
UPDATE: On 3 December 2012, the secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO) released the minutes of Israel's Trade Policy Review (WT/TPR/M/272) held on 30 October 2012 and 1 November 2012. According to the chair, Eduardo Munoz Gomez (Colombia), innovation was one of the salient points identified in the TPR noting that:
On 29 November 2005 the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Council for TRIPS (TRIPS Council) extended the transition period accorded to least developed country (LDC) members of the WTO to implement their obligations under the TRIPS Agreement from 1 January 2006 to 1 July 2013.
WTO TRIPS Council (November 2012): Brazil and United States table agenda item on Intellectual Property and InnovationSubmitted by thiru on 15. October 2012 - 2:52
The following WTO airgram WTO/AIR/4020 (12 October 2012) contains the agenda for the upcoming WTO Council for TRIPS meeting to be held in Geneva from Tuesday, 6 November 2012 to Wednesday, 7 November 2012. The airgram notes that Brazil and the United States have made a written request for an agenda item on "Intellectual Property and Innovation (agenda item M). Agenda item F covers the "Review under Paragraph 8 of the Decision on the Implementation of Paragraph 6 of the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health".
Here below is the WTO airgram in full.
After lengthy informal negotiations on 7 October 2012, the plenary of the WIPO General Assembly (GA) 2012 resumed after 18:00 to present the consensus language on the decision point concerning agenda item 28 (ii) on the Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (SCT). In particular, the GA agreed to expedite the work of the basic proposals for a Design Law Treaty. In 2013, the GA would "take stock of and consider the text, progress made, and decide on convening a diplomatic conference".
4 October 2012
Agenda item 26: Report on the Work of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)
Statement of Knowledge Ecology International
WIPO General Assembly 2012
General Statement of Chile to the WIPO General Assembly 2012 (calling for WIPO to conclude a Treaty for VIPs)Submitted by thiru on 2. October 2012 - 9:44
Fernando Schmidt, Subsecretario de Relaciones Exteriores de Chile (Vice-Minister of External Relations, Chile), delivered the following general statement on 1 October 2012. Chile acknowledged that while a favorable environment in WIPO proved conducive to the successful passage of the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, major challenges remained. Of great import was the convening of a diplomatic conference in 2013 to conclude a Treaty for the Blind which would be a milestone in the multilateral intellectual property system.