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Peter Pitts doesn't like the KSR decision, or prizes

Peter Pitts doesn't like the KSR decision, and he also doesn’t like prizes. His recent Spectator article says:

DISTURBINGLY, SOME FOLKS ARE now advocating a “prize” system where there are no drug patents. Instead, the government would pay a drug maker a lump sum for its innovation, and then the new drug would immediately be placed in the public domain.

WHA approves resolution on IGWG

According to Thiru Balasubramaniam, the WHA has now adopted a resolution on the WHO’s Intergovernmental Working Group (IGWG) on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property. We are waiting for the official text. However, it seemed better than many had predicted earlier this week. The U.S., while not blocking the resolution, noted it did not join the consensus on the text. Now attentions will turn to the WHO’s next move, which will be the July draft of the global strategy and plan of action.

The Gotham Prize

The Gotham Prize for cancer research tests the use of prizes to encourage more openness for cancer research. According to their web site:

KEI Statement on WHA/IGWG resolution

Statement by Thiru Balasubramaniam on behalf of KEI, regarding the WHO IGWG resolution:

“The 60th World Health Assembly is taking another important step to change the way the WHO and Member States deal with innovation and access.

Prize4Life

Prize4Life is an effort to accelerate treatments for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). It was created by 32 year old Avichai “Avi” Kremer. According to news reports Kremer was diagnosed with ALS in 2004, and has only a few years to live. He started Prize4Life to raise money for prizes to stimulation research.

Here are some extracts from this moving story in the March 28 issue of the Boston Globe:

CPTech Response to 2006 PhRMA “Special 301” Submission for Chile

March 2006

CPTech Response to 2006 PhRMA “Special 301” Submission for Chile

The “Special 301” Report is a report that the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) submits annually to the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee on the adequacy and effectiveness of intellectual property rights protection around the world. The report identifies those countries that the USTR consider “deny adequate and effective protection for IPR or deny fair and equitable market access for U.S. persons that rely on intellectual property protection”.

September 2004: TACD's Future of WIPO Conference


The TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) Conference: The Future of WIPO

September 13-14, 2004
CICG, Geneva

(Registration Information given below)

Monday, September 13, 2004

Welcome

  • Jim Murray -- TACD / BEUC
  • US TACD Rep. TBA

Panel 1 -- What is the WIPO Mission?

Chair, Benedicte Federspiel, FBR
Panel Members

  • Mr. Philippe PETIT , WIPO, invited
  • Rogier Wezenbeek, European Union
  • Larry Lessig, Stanford
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