Updates from the 19th Round of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Negotiations in Bandar Seri Begawan, BruneiSubmitted by Krista Cox on 22. August 2013 - 21:14
The 19th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) began this week in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. Although this round just started yesterday, it is evident that there are many differences between this round and previous rounds.
Today the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced KEI Director James Love as one of four distinguished winners of the 2013 Pioneer Awards. The annual award recognizes the leaders who are extending freedom and innovation on the electronic frontier. In addition to Love, this year's fellow honorees are Aaron Swartz, the late digital rights activist, and Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, the journalists that broke the Edward Snowden/NSA stories.
On Saturday, August 3, 2013, USTR head Ambassador Michael B. G. Froman wrote to the Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), to "disapprove the USITC's determination to issue an exclusion order and cease and desist order" for Apple Inc. "smart phones and tablet computers that infringe a U.S. patent owned by Samsung Electronics," in the ITC Investigation No. 337-TA-794.
Media coverage of the Marrakesh Treaty for the Blind negotiations
22 June 2013, The Washington Post, Filmmakers’ group tries to reshape treaty that would benefit the blind
24 June 2013, The Guardian, US film industry tries to weaken copyright treaty for blind people
"IP as a power tool for development" is back for a Nov. 2013 conference organized by South Africa's Companies and IP CommissionSubmitted by thiru on 2. August 2013 - 9:00
During Kamil Idris's tenure at the helm of the World Intellectual Property Organization, a hackneyed mantra of the organization was "Intellectual property: a power tool for economic growth".
Quick look at the Green Paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital EconomySubmitted by Manon Ress on 1. August 2013 - 12:31
On the last week of July 2013, the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force released a green paper on copyright.
WTO teams up with South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry, WHO and WIPO to convene workshop on IP and public healthSubmitted by thiru on 31. July 2013 - 4:22
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.
In any given year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grants marketing approval to new drugs. The most important category* are those classified as "new molecular entities" or NMEs. Chen Xingzhi has collected data on the 2010 NMEs included in the FDA Orange Book here: http://goo.gl/W78Tbk. Some of the data are summarized below:
- Among products listed in the FDA Orange Book in 2010, 15 were classified as NMEs.
- Among all of the NMEs, 43 patents were listed in the FDA Orange Book, covering 12 of the 15 products.
WIPO GA 2013 to decide on future of the Intergovernmental Committee on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and FolkloreSubmitted by thiru on 25. July 2013 - 8:24
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.
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.
22 July 2013
This was the statement delivered by Australia (Ian Goss, General Manager, IP Australia) on Monday, 22 July 2013.
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.
On July, 2013, KEI Director James Love was named by Managing IP Magazine as one of 50 persons shaping the future of IP. From the article
On 12 July 2013, Senator Leahy (D-VT), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee requested that the NIH exercise its march-in rights under the Bayh-Dole Act to promote genetic testing for BRCA mutations that are associated with a person's risk for breast and ovarian cancer. In June, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously ruled that isolated DNA is not patentable, and immediately afterward, other companies stated they would provide BRCA testing.
WIPO IGC 25 and Traditional Cultural Expressions: Intervention of KEI on Article 3 on the scope of protectionSubmitted by thiru on 17. July 2013 - 5:00
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.
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) is a non-profit organization that focuses on human rights and social dimensions of knowledge governance. Our web page (http://www.keionline.org) provides extensive background on our operations. We maintain offices in Washington, DC and in Geneva Switzerland, and are engaged in a number of initiatives, disputes and negotiations involving intellectual property rights, innovation, and other aspects of the production, management and governance of knowledge resources.