WHA72: Portuguese Minister of Health, Marta Temido, underscores strong support for the WHO transparency resolution

On Monday, 20 May 2019, the Republic of Korea, Italy, Costa Rica, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, and Vietnam convened an official side event at the 72nd session of the World Health… Continue Reading

24 May 2019 – KEI panel discussion – Assessing the implications of the development of new cell and gene-based therapies (including CAR T and CRISPR): What role should WHO play?

On Friday, 24 May 2019, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) will convene an expert panel, “Assessing the implications of developments in cell and gene-based therapies (including CAR T and CRISPR): What role should WHO should play?” from 12h30 to 14h30 in… Continue Reading

WIPO Broadcasting Treaty – Paving the way for a right for on-demand streaming services?

In April 2019, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published a new version (SCCR/38/10) of the WIPO Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations. Currently, the proposed treaty anticipates the scope of application to include new beneficiaries such as on-demand… Continue Reading

Verinata v. Ariosa – compulsory license granted to Roche over prenatal screening technologies under eBay v. MercExchange

On July 19, 2018, the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, denied a permanent injunction requested by Illumina, Inc, and instead ruled that a forward looking royalty for continued non-voluntary use of the invention, a type of compulsory license,… Continue Reading

UNDP, Unitaid, and WHO caught in Big Pharma’s crosshairs

PhRMA’s Special 301 submissions are part of a yearly ritual to shape the “Special 301” Report, an annual review of the global state of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement, conducted by the Office of the United States Trade… Continue Reading

Italy’s Draft WHO resolution: Improving the transparency of markets for drugs, vaccines and other health-related technologies

On 1 February 2019, Dr. Giulia Grillo, Italy’s Minister of Health, sent a letter to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), with an attached “first draft” of a resolution on “Improving the transparency… Continue Reading