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Front page New York Times story explores Kite Pharma's profitable relationship with NIH regarding expensive cancer drug

Matt Richtel and Andrew Pollack explore the complex policy issues involved with the pricing of products based on taxpayer-funded inventions and research in a front page New York Times story published today.

2016: KEI comments to NIST on Bayh-Dole Act Regulations

In November, NIST proposed to amend the regulations implementing the Bayh-Dole Act, 35 U.S.C. 200 et seq., which concerns intellectual property arising from federally-funded research, including 37 CFR sections 401 and 404. There were 15 comments, including a letter from KEI on December 9, 2016. EFF also provided comments. The other 13 comments to NIST were from Universities, associations or individuals taking the side of right-holders.

The KEI comments are available here.

SCP25: South Africa’s Experience Related to the Topic of Access to Medicines

On Wednesday, 14 December 2016, the delegation of South Africa delivered a comprehensive, moving account of South Africa's "journey in the quest to provide access to essential medicines" at WIPO's Standing Committee on the Law of Patents.

South Africa Access to Medicines: South Africa’s Experience Related to the Topic of Access to Medicines at the Standing Committee on the Laws of Patents

Background

Madam Vice Chair,

PCB39: Address of Justice Michael Kirby - HIV/AIDS & Solidarity - 30 Years On

On 7 December 2016, Justice Michael Kirby delivered the following keynote speech at the 39th Meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board during discussions on intellectual property and access to medicines. Justice Kirby served as a member of the United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines.

UNAIDS
PROGRAMME COORDINATING BOARD
39TH MEETING, WHO, GENEVA
AGENDA ITEM 6, 7 DECEMBER 2016

HIV/AIDS & SOLIDARITY - 30 YEARS ON*

Michael Kirby**

SCP25: Statement of Asia Pacific Group on Patents and Health

On Tuesday, 13 December 2016, India delivered the following statement on behalf of the Asia and the Pacific Group during WIPO discussions on patents and health.

Statement by India on behalf of the Asia and the Pacific Group on the Agenda Item – Patents and Health - delivered by Dr. Sumit Seth, First Secretary (Economic Affairs) on 13 December 2016

Madam Chair,

India has the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Asia Pacific Group. The group would like to make 3 concrete points related to this agenda item

SCP25: Statement of the Republic of South Africa on Patents and Health

On Tuesday, 13 December 2016, the Republic of South Africa delivered the following statement during the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) discussions on patents and health.

WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) 13 December 2016

Madam Chair

South Africa aligns itself with the statement delivered by Nigeria on behalf of the Africa Group.

USPTO meeting on "Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works" Dec. 9, 2016

On Friday December 9, 2016, the Department of Commerce held a meeting at USPTO on "Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works" in order to "facilitate constructive, cross-industry dialogue among stakeholders about ways to promote a more robust and collaborative online marketplace for copyrighted works." Among the topics for discussion were "the potential for interoperability across digital registries and standards work in this field, and conside

SCP 25: Opening statement of Knowledge Ecology International

On Monday, 12 December 2016, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) delivered its opening statement to the 25th session of WIPO's Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP).

KEI Opening Statement, for SCP 25
12 December 2016

KEI will discuss two topics. The first concerns government rights in patented inventions, when the government funds or partly funds the research.

PCB39: Eight hour drafting session charts future course for UNAIDS work program on Intellectual Property and the UN HLP

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) held the 39th Meeting of its Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) from 6-8 December 2016 in Geneva Switzerland. In his opening speech on Tuesday, 6 December 2016, Michel Sidibé (Executive Director, UNAIDS) paid tribute to the life of Australian national Katie Kirk - who passed away on 20 October 2016 while on mission in Indonesia.

In his speech, Sidibé noted:

PCB39: Statement of Knowledge Ecology International on Agenda item 6: UNAIDS synthesis report on IP

On Wednesday, 7 December 2016 Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) delivered the following statement at the 39th session of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) during discussions of agenda item 6 entitled, "Synthesis report of existing research and literature on intellectual property-related and other factors impacting the availability, affordability, and accessibility of treatment and diagnostics for HIV and co-infections in low and middle-income countries."

KEI statement to UNAIDS - PCB 39 - 7 December 2016

Thank you Chair.

UNAIDS PCB 39: Statement of India on the Executive Director's Report to the 39th PCB

On Tuesday, 6 December 2016, the delegation of India delivered the following intervention at the 39th UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) Meeting.

India declared that she had "recently crossed the milestone of treating 1 million HIV patients with free Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART)."

I will first briefly share efforts made by India to implement the Fast track Strategy. A number of major policy decisions have been taken recently towards achieving the 90-90-90 targets.

EB140: World Health Organization publishes annotated agenda for January 2017 Executive Board

On 21 November 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the annotated agenda for the 140th session of its Executive Board (EB) which will take place from 23 January 2017 to 1 February 2017. In the words of the WHO Secretariat,

The Executive Board is composed of 34 members technically qualified in the field of health. Members are elected for 3-year terms.

SCCR33: Conclusions - Protection of Broadcasting Organizations

On Friday, 18 November 2016, WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) reconvened in plenary at 8:45 PM to review the Summary of the Chair. The time stamp of the draft document is 8:00 PM.

The following conclusions relate to the Committee's work on a proposed treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations.

SCCR33: Conclusions - Artist Resale Right (droit de suite)

On Friday, 18 November 2016, WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights reconvened in plenary at 8:45 PM to review the Summary of the Chair. The time stamp of the draft document is 8:00 PM.

The following paragraph relates to the SCCR's deliberations on the proposal submitted by Senegal and Congo on the Resale Right (droit de suite). The Committee agreed to the convening of a conference prior to SCCR34 (1-5 May 2017) on the legal and economic perspectives of droit de suite, including its potential effects on art markets.

SCCR33: Conclusions - Proposal for Analysis of Copyright Related to the Digital Environment

On Friday, 18 November 2016, WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) reconvened in plenary at 8:45 PM to review the Summary of the Chair. The time stamp of the draft document is 8:00 PM.

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