On Monday, 11 December 2017, Indonesia, on behalf of the Asia Pacific Group, delivered the following opening statement at the 27th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP). The Asia Pacific Group issued a clarion… Continue Reading
On 8 December 2017, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) submitted the following paper on “constraints faced by developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs) in making full use of patent flexibilities and their impacts” on access to medicines pursuant to the decision… Continue Reading
On Monday, 27 November 2017, the WHO published the recommendations of the overall programme review of the global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property (EB142/14). The full report of the overall programme review (OPR)… Continue Reading
On Thursday, 26 October 2017, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published a scoping study (SCCR/35/4) on the impact of the digital environment on copyright legislation adopted between 2006 and 2016; the author of this study is Guilda Rostama, Ph.D. The mandate for this study emanates from a proposal of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States (GRULAC) first tabled at the 31st session of WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) in December 2015. At SCCR33 in November 2016, WIPO Member States agreed to the following:
On Friday, 20 October 2017, India delivered the following intervention on compulsory licensing. India briefly recounted the experiences of Brazil, South Africa, and Thailand in using compulsory licensing to secure access to ARVs.
On Friday, 20 October 2017, Brazil delivered the following statement during TRIPS Council discussions on compulsory licensing. Brazil zeroed in a recent compulsory licensing case in Germany involving raltagravir, an antiretroviral.
On 20 October 2017, South Africa delivered the following statement on behalf of Brazil, China, India, and South Africa during the WTO TRIPS Council’s discussions on compulsory licensing. On 31 May 2017, these delegations (along with Fiji) submitted a proposal to the TRIPS Council on “Intellectual Property and the Public Interest” which would serve as an overarching theme for the Council to address issues including access to knowledge and access to medicines. Continue Reading
At 17:00 on Friday, 6 October 2017, the facilitators for WIPO’s informal discussions on Matters Concerning the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore circulated a draft decision on the future mandate of the committee. This text is a revised version of the document circulated at 13:30 on Thursday, 5 October 2017. The WIPO General Assembly is continuing its informals on the future of the IGC mandate between 15:00 to 16:30 on Monday, 9 October 2017 (according to the Daily Journal published by the WIPO Secretariat).
On Friday, 6 October 2017, Knowledge Ecology International delivered the following statement at the 2nd session of the Marrakesh Treaty Assembly in Geneva.
Statement of Knowledge Ecology International – Marrakesh Treaty Assembly
Agenda item 27 – Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled (MVT)
6 October 2017
Thank you Chair,
On Wednesday, 4 October 2017, Brazil delivered this perspicacious statement on the WIPO Development Agenda.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman,
As everyone knows, the CDIP follows in the footsteps of the Development Agenda. In this regard, Brazil believes the implementation of the 45 recommendations is essential for this organization to be fully representative. Underlying the DA is the principle that a fair remuneration for the creations of human spirit goes together with the imperative of ensuring the right to health, culture, knowledge, information and education.