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SCCR28: Opening statement of the Asia Pacific Group

On Monday, 30 June 2014, Bangladesh, on behalf of the Asia Pacific Group, delivered its opening statement at SCCR 29. The Asia Pacific Group includes such nations as Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. On limitations and exceptions, the Asia Pacific Group proposed the an innovative model to move discussions forward:

EU's TTIP Anti-Transparency Rules laid out in DG-Trade letter to USTR

Previously, KEI reported on the terms of reference (TOR) for the confidentiality of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiating texts, as laid out in a letter by USTR to DG-Trade. Although evidently publicly available, the EU counterpart of that letter was not accessible through the FOIA process. Obtained through the EU Regulation (EC) No.

Whither CEWG? WHA Decision WHA67(15) and TDR's Joint Coordination Board

In May 2014, the 67th World Health Assembly passed decision WHA67(15) which set the wheels in motion for the creation of a new pooled funding mechanism for R&D. The mandate for this pooled funding mechanism states:

The Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly, having considered the follow-up of the report of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development Financing and Coordination,...

SCCR28 Day 1 Rules for Informal

Before leaving for room B with the head of the regional groups the Chair announced the schedule and the rules:

CHAIR: We are ready to move to an informal format. So we can break immediately to move to room B. And the plenary would reconvene. Since we don't have an idea of how the work is going to be developed in the room B format, we are not in condition to say that we can re initiate the plenary tomorrow morning. So we will let you know, and you will realize how the work is ongoing through this facilities that we will have here to listen that kind of work.

SCCR28: Venezuelan and Uruguayan reaction to Chair's proposal to invite broadcasters to provide technical expertise in informals

During the first day of WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR28), the Committee was made aware of the Chair's (Martin Moscoso, Peru) proposal to invite three experts from the broadcasting industry (1) Alexandre Jobim, International Association of Broadcasting, (2) Premila Manvi Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union and (3) Erica Redler (North American Broadcasters Association). Venezuela, noted,

SCCR 28 Day 1: Selected Interventions re Technical Experts Invited to Informal Negotiations

Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights: Twenty-Eighth Session
SCCR/28 June 30 to July 4, 2014 (Geneva, Switzerland)

June 30, 2014.

The Chair has decided to move the Committee to room B for informal (i.e. not public) discussions. He announced the names of 3 representatives from broadcasting organizations associations. Some delegations welcomed the technical experts selected and appointed ...by the Chair. However, others saved the day (or the process?) by asking a few questions.

In their own words:

WIPO sccr 28 Day 1: The USA Statement re 3 topics: Broadcasting, L&E for Libraries and Education

Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights: Twenty-Eighth Session
SCCR/28 June 30 to July 4, 2014 (Geneva, Switzerland)

June 30, 2014 Statements of the USA

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: [...] the United States was very pleased by the progress that we made at the last session of the SCCR, and we are looking forward to continuing to move forward this week in clarifying and improving the proposals before us.

WIPO sccr 28 Day 1: The European Union Statement regarding 3 topics: broadcasting, L&E for Libraries and Education

sccr 28 Day 1: The European Union Statement regarding the 3 topics: boradcasting, L&E for Libraries and Education

WIPO SCCR28 Day 1: Support for a Broadcasting Treaty Diplomatic Conference in 2015?


Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights: Twenty-Eighth Session
SCCR/28 June 30 to July 4, 2014 (Geneva, Switzerland)

June 30, 2014. Morning Session
to read the close captioning of SCCR28
http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=WIPO
password: sccr28 during the meeting
Watch live: Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights – ow.ly/yAzbf. #SCCR28

Find a few comments and selected interventions:

For expensive cancer drugs, rationing of access is not the only solution

I woke up this morning to read an article by Karol Sikora, a Dean at the University of Buckingham Medical School, about high cancer drug prices.* This quote caught my eye.

quote: "So cancer drug rationing is inevitable in all health economies – rich and poor alike. My solution is to have age limits for expensive therapies. Oncologists have been doing this covertly for the last two decades – it's now time to be explicit."

Videos from TACD's June 25, 2014 side event on intellectual property in the US, EU trade agreement (TTIP)

The following are videos from TACD's June 25, 2014 side event on intellectual property and the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement.

WTO TRIPS Council (June 2014): Indian intervention on Non-Violation and Situation Complaints

On 11 June 2014, India delivered the following statement at the WTO TRIPS Council on on non-violation and situation complaints in response to the US proposal (IP/C/W/599) tabled on 10 June 2014.

NV&S Complaints

WTO TRIPS Council (June 2014): EU on the contribution of IP to facilitate the transfer of environmentally rational technology

On Wednesday, 11 June 2014, the European Union delivered the following statement on the "Contribution of IP to facilitate the transfer of environmentally rational technology technology.'

EU intervention under point 11. Of the TRIPS Council Agenda
"Contribution of IP to facilitate the transfer of environmentally rational technology"

TTIP: Anti-Transparency Rules laid out in USTR letter to DG-Trade

KEI has obtained the terms of reference (TOR) for the confidentiality of the negotiating texts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement. The TOR are laid out in a two-page letter from US Chief Negotiator Dan Mullaney to EU Chief Negotiator Ignacio Garcia-Bercero which is available here. The letter was obtained through a FOIA request filed by KEI with the USTR on May 19, 2014.

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