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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:

Blogging the May 30, 2007 Brownbag Lunch: Discussion on New U.S. Trade Policy and Access to Medicine

Thursday, 31 May 2007

On May 30, KEI hosted a brown bag lunch discussion on guidelines for the new U.S. trade policy recently released by the Congressional Ways and Means Committee and the Bush Administration.  The event began with brief statements by panelists Fabiana Jorge of MFJ International, Rob Weissman of Essential Action, James Love of Knowledge Ecology International, and Stephanie Burgos of Oxfam, followed by a wider discussion.

Other Brown Bag Lunches at CPTech


May 30, 2007, "The New US Trade Agenda and Access to Medicines"

March 16, 2007,  Robin Hanson on “Why Grants Won Over Prizes in Science.”

March 15, 2007. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr presents on "The Gene Revolution: GM Crops and Unequal Development."

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.

May 30, 2007: The New US Trade Agenda and Access to Medicines

Tuesday, 29 May 2007
Date:  Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
Time:  12:30-2:00pm
Venue:  1621 Connecticut Avenue Suite 500, Washington, DC 20009

Knowledge Ecology International will host a brown bag lunch and panel discussion on the generic drug/intellectual property provisions in the guidelines for a new US trade policy recently released by the Congressional Ways and Means Committee and the Bush Administration.
The new trade document is available here:

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.

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.

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