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Open licensing vs Monopoly Controlled Supply

One of the most important battles being waged both inside and outside of the IGWG concerns the nature of competition for the supply of inexpensive medicines and vaccines.

The large pharma companies with well-known brands and big marketing and distribution systems want to marginalize developing country generic suppliers, as actual or potential competitors. This plays out in various ways. For example:

Of Limitations, Exceptions and Verse (WIPO copyright committee)

Following the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) which for much of its existence has endeavored to unsuccessfully hammer out a Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations has provided a window into the human condition replete with incidents of humor, frustration and hope.

83 countries determine the fate of WIPO (ie-who will be the new DG)?

The WIPO Coordination Committee will meet in extraordinary session on May 13-14, 2008, to “nominate a person for appointment by the General Assembly as WIPO Director General. The nominations received from WIPO Member States in response to the Circular C.N. 2833 are now available.”

…and the kitchen sink? (WIPO)

Since nobody really wants to work on the casters treaty (no matter what they say) today we’re talking about what should be on the table, the work program for the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights at WIPO.

To push back the excellent proposal on limitations and exceptions made by Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Nicaragua yesterday the EU is proposing to add:

Draft Conclusions of the WIPO copyright committee (March 2008)

This text was handed at around 11 AM on Wednesday morning. Apologies for any typos. This was typed by 3 different people from the hard copy distributed by the International Bureau.



Sixteenth Session, March 10 to 12, 2008-03-12


Protection of audiovisual performances

SCCR Day 2: Re Limitations and Exceptions (Finally)

After a rather disappointing day 1 of the standing committee on copyright and related rights at WIPO, Day 2 is turning out to be a good constructive day.

Questions linger on WIPO copyright committee’s leadership race

It is 10:25 AM here in Geneva and the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) has yet to begin. The buzz in the hallways indicates that Finland, Italy, Senegal and Canada are vying for leadership of this Committee which will have important ramifications for WIPO’s work on limitations and exceptions, the public domain, competition and access to knowledge. From our perspective, we hope that the this Committee will augur in the fresh winds of change that will change the direction of WIPO’s work on copyright and related rights towards a positive agenda.

Colombian Submission to the WHO IGWG negotiation

By resolution WHA 59.24, the WHO’s Intergovernmental Working Group on Public Health, Innovation, and Intellectual Property (IGWG) has the goal of producing a Global Strategy and Plan of Action that will implement the CIPIH report recommendations and “secure an enhanced and sustainable basis for needs-driven, essential health research and development relevant to diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries, proposing cle

Tequila, Mexico and the WIPO leadership race

WIPO Member States attending the WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property have been invited to a tequila tasting event on 6 March 2008 at the Hotel de Paix coinciding with the candidacy of the Mexican candidate (Jorge Amigo) to the position of Director General of WIPO. The text of the invitation is reproduced below.

New WIPO committee on Development Agenda gets underway

The newly created WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) is meeting this week in Geneva from 3 March - 7 March 2008. The chair of the CDIP is Ambassador Trevor Clarke of Barbados. Today the discussion has focused mainly on the rules of procedure and modalities governing this Committee. Unfortunately, finding the 45 Development Agenda recommendations adopted at the WIPO General Assembly in September/October 2007 on the WIPO website is not easy.

KEI intervention at the WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP)

KEI Statement to the WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP)

March 3, 2008

Journalists who wrote about US trade disputes before the 1999 Gore Zaps

In a blog posted today on the Huffington Post, I could have, should have, elaborated a bit on the few U.S. journalists who had written about the trade disputes involving patents on medicines, before AIDS activists began their zaps of Gore’s presidential campaign in June of 1999.

February 8, 2008. GWU & KEI Workshop on Medical Innovation Prize Fund

Friday, 25 January 2008

The GWU-KEI workshop on the Medical Innovation Prize Fund will be a one-day meeting held on February 8, 2008 at the Law School of George Washington University (GWU), co-sponsored by GWU Law School and Knowledge Ecology International (KEI). The workshop will be open to the public and with no fee to attend.

WIPO Secretariat surges ahead on hosting round table on “Economics of IP”

Without much fanfare save a press release bereft of critical detail, the WIPO Secretariat hosted an international round table on from 26-27 November 2007 which brought together 15 leading economists to discuss the “economics of intellectual property (IP)”.

According to the press release,

December 4, 2007 Ruth Lopert Brown Bag on FTAs

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Knowledge Ecology International Brown Bag Lunch:

Ruth Lopert on pharmaceutical provisions in Australia-US and Korea-US FTAs

Washington, DC
4 December 2007

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