KEI statement to 4th Session of WIPO PCDA

Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) General Statement at 4th Session

June 2007

Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) congratulates the [Ambassador Trevor Clark] on your re-election to the chair.

The Development Agenda: Crunch time at WIPO

The future of the WIPO Development Agenda enters a crucial phase this week as WIPO Member States meet at the fourth session of the Provisional Committee on Proposals Related to a WIPO Development Agenda (PCDA).

ITC allows some infringing Qualcom chips to be imported, bans others

This decision by the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) involves a dispute over the proper remedy for the importation of various infringing chips made by Qualcom that are used in cell phones. The Qualcom chips infringe on patents held by Broadcom.

Notes from 30 May discussion of new U.S. trade policy

This is a link to David Serafino’s blog of the May 30 brownbag discussion on new U.S. trade policy and access to medicine. David’s blog includes comments from a number of persons, including Fabiana Jorge of MFJ International, Rob Weissman of Essential Action, Stephanie Burgos of Oxfam, Brook Baker from Health Gap, Shawn Brown of GPHA, Matt Kavanaugh of Student Global AIDS Campaign, Buddhi Lokuge of Doctors Without Borders, and James Love of Knowledge Ecology International.

When customs authorities may allow infringing goods to be imported into the United States

The TRIPS, in Part III, Section 4, has a number of obligations on countries for border measures. These measures require some mechanism to prevent imports of infringing products, but they also give WTO Member States considerable flexibility.

Korea FTA

Earlier this week, I met in Seoul with civil society fighting the Korus FTA. They are generally opposed to reopening negotiations at this point, but if they do, they hope to have the intellectual property and access to medicines provisions reopened.

H-Prize passes U.S. House, 408-8

According to this GQ story, the H-Prize (HR 632, 110th Congress) passed the House today by a vote of 408 to 8.

Every two years, H-Prizes worth $1 million would be given in four categories: production, storage, distribution and utilization. One $4 million prize would be awarded for hydrogen vehicles. At the end of 10 years, a $10 million grand prize would be given for a “transformational advance in hydrogen energy technology.”

PAHO to meet on IGWG on June 18, 2007, in Washington, DC

The first American regional meeting on the WHO Intergovernmental Working Group on Public Health, Innovation, and Intellectual Property (IGWG) is scheduled for June 18, 2007 in Washington, DC. This first meeting is organized by PAHO, at the request of the Bolivian Government.

More meetings and working groups are going to be organized this summer and fall in preparation for the II IGWG next November 2007.

KEI Report on the IGWG, in Spanish

To facilitate Latin American governments and civil society effective participation in the WHO IGWG process and their better understanding of some of the proposals, KEI has prepared a report in Spanish.

To access an electronic copy of the report, visit:

Bush sends Bob Zoellick to World Bank, doubles AIDS funding

I think these are two positive steps for Bush. This was my take on this in the Huffington Post on the Zoellick pick for the World Bank. Bush could have done worse (and did with Wolfowitz).

H-Prize Act Passes House Committee on May 23

According to this May 23 press release, the bill creating the H-Prize Act unanimously passed the House Committee on Science and Technology. The bill creates prizes for scientific breakthroughs in the use of hydrogen as an energy source for transportation.

Views on the 60th World Health Assembly IGWG resolution

On 23 May 2007, the 60th World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization’s highest governing body, adopted resolution WHA60.30 on Public health, innovation and intellectual property. This resolution bolstered the work program of WHO’s Intergovernmental Working Group on Public health, innovation and intellectual property (IGWG/PHI). This is the key operative section of the resolution, and the reactions by several key persons.

Hillary Clinton's Prizes for Advanced Technology Achievements

As part of a larger effort to promote clean energy (S. 701), Senator Hillary Clinton has proposed prizes for innovative energy technology development that will:

eBay and compulsory licensing of copyright under Article 44.2 of the TRIPS

I have written a KEI Research note about Compulsory licensing of copyright under Article 44.2 of the TRIPS, in light of eBay, which is now on the web here.

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