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WTO teams up with South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry, WHO and WIPO to convene workshop on IP and public health

On 7-8 August 2013, the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI), Republic of South Africa and the World Trade Organization (WTO), in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will hold a National Workshop on Intellectual Property and Public Health in Pretoria. Leading experts from these intergovernmental organizations, Roger Kampf (WTO), Dr.

WIPO GA 2013 to decide on future of the Intergovernmental Committee on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore

The Forty-Third session of the WIPO General Assembly which meets from 23 September 2013 to 2 October 2013 will have the pleasant task of untangling the Gordion knot that is the Report of the Proposals Made by Delegations Regarding Future Work of the IGC.

IGC25: Draft Recommendation to WIPO General Assembly (24 July 2013)

On 24 July 2013 the Ian Goss (Australia), the facilitator of the 25th session of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC/GRTKF),
prepared the following draft recommendation for consideration by the WIPO General Assembly in September 2013. Currently, WIPO member states are examining the text and will provide their comments on the draft recommendations when the plenary resumes this afternoon.

IGC25: General statement of Australia (22 July 2013)

22 July 2013

This was the statement delivered by Australia (Ian Goss, General Manager, IP Australia) on Monday, 22 July 2013.

Australian Statement

Thank you chair

Firstly, I will begin with a negative, last week was perhaps the most frustrating of our meetings this year, in contrast to significant progress on Gr's [genetic resources] with disclosure proponents agreeing on an administrative approach to disclosure rather than substantive examination, this was a significant shift in position from a number key countries.

WIPO IGC 25 and Traditional Cultural Expressions: Intervention of KEI on Article 3 on the scope of protection

From 15-24 July 2013, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is holding the 25th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC/GRTKF) . Currently, the IGC is chaired by Ambassador Wayne McCook of Jamaica.

WIPO's proposed work program on Copyright and Related Rights for the 2014/2015 biennium

The World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Program and Budget Committee is meeting from 8 July 2013 to 12 July 2013. Among the documents under consideration is WIPO's Draft Proposed Program and Budget for the 2014/15 Biennium (WO/PBC/20/3) which fleshes out WIPO's strategic goals and program of work for 2014/2015.

28 June 2013: 51 Signatories to the Marrakesh Treaty

On Friday, 28 June 2013, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) held a signing ceremony in Marrakesh for WIPO member states accorded full powers to sign the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. WIPO document VIP/DC/12 provides the list of 51 current signatories to the Marrakesh Treaty.

WIPO Diplomatic Conference: Views on the outcome of the Marrakesh treaty for the blind

Knowledge Ecology International is holding a side event in Marrakesh on Thursday, 27 June 2013 at 2:00 PM in Karam 4 at the Palais des congrès entitled, Views on the outcome of the Marrakech treaty for the blind.

Moderator:

Ellen ‘t Hoen (legal advisor, KEI)
Speakers:

Krista Cox (Staff Attorney, KEI)
Alan Adler (Vice President, Legal and Government Affairs, AAP)
Gopa Kumar (Legal advisor, TWN)
Jens Bammel (Secretary General of the International Publishers Association)
Jonathan Band (policybandwidth)

Marrakesh Diplomatic Conference on a Treaty for the Blind: Views of observers on hot button issues

Knowledge Ecology International is holding a side event in Marrakesh on 24 June 2013 at 2:00 PM in Karam 4 at the Palais des congrès entitled, "Views of observers on the hot button issues contained in the Marrakesh Treaty Text".

Moderator:
Krista Cox (Staff attorney, KEI)

Speakers:

Maryanne Diamond (President, World Blind Union)

Carlo Scollo Lavizzari (Attorney, International Association of Scientific Technical and Medical Publishers)

Pranesh Prakash (Policy Director, Center for Internet and Society)

Opening remarks of the World Blind Union at Marrakesh Diplomatic Conference on a WIPO Treaty for the Blind

Opening Remarks WIPO DIP Com 18 June 2013
By: Maryanne Diamond on behalf of the WBU

Thank you Mr Chairman for the opportunity to speak at this most important Diplomatic conference.

Intervention of the Holy See: WIPO Diplomatic Conference on a Treaty for the Blind

The Holy See delivered this statement on 18 June 2013 at the Marrakesh Diplomatic Conference on a WIPO Treaty for the Blind.

Statement by His Excellency Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi

Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN and Other International Organizations in Geneva at World Intellectual Property Organization Diplomatic Conference to Conclude a Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities Marrakech (Morocco)

18 June 2013

Mr. President,

Ambassador Eileen Donahoe explains why United States will not vote for UN resolution on access to medicine

On 13 June 2013, Ambassador Eileen Donahoe delivered the following intervention on resolution L.10/Rev.1 on Access to medicines in the context of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of physical and mental health explaining why the United States called for a vote on this resolution and would abstain.

Explanation of vote, on the resolution entitled “Access to medicines in the context of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.”

Human Rights Council: Intervention of Brazil on resolution on access to medicines in the context of the right to health

On Thursday, 13 June 2013, at the Twenty-third session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Brazil delivered the following intervention introducing draft resolution L.10/Rev.1 on Access to medicines in the context of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of physical and mental health on behalf of India, Brazil, South Africa (IBSA), Egypt, Indonesia, Senegal and Thailand and 27 original cosponsors including Gabon, on behalf of the 54 countries of the African Group.

Mr. President,

Obama administration blocking consensus at Human Rights Council on access to medicines resolution

In their introduction to Realizing the Right to Health, Andrew Clapham and Mary Robinson provide the following anecdote.

The run up to the 2008 election in the United States focused at one point on the nature of health care in America. During the second presidential debate, the candidates were asked the following question: “Is health care in America a privilege, a right, or a responsibility?” Senator Obama (as he then was) replied as follows:

WTO TRIPS Council: Intervention of India on Intellectual Property, Climate Change and Development (June 2013)

On 27 February 2013, Ecuador submitted a paper (IP/C/W/585) to the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Council) titled "Contribution of Intellectual Property to Facilitating the Transfer of Environmentally Rational Technology". This subject was placed under agenda item 11 at the June TRIPS Council's meeting under the heading of "Intellectual Property, Climate Change and Development".

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