On January 26, 2012, KEI sent a letter to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, calling for greater transparency in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The letter highlights the fact that the general public is kept in the dark regarding negotiating positions and the actual text while “cleared advisers” and corporate lobbyists have unequal access to information. It calls for Senator Leahy to urge the Obama Administration to release the negotiating text in order to allow full and effective public participation in our democratic society.
This was the statement delivered by CMC Churches’ Action for Health intervention on 21 January 2012 on the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination at the 130th WHO Executive Board meeting.
CMC Churches’ Action for Health intervention on the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research
and Development: Financing and Coordination at the 130th WHO Executive Board meeting
WHO 130th Executive Board Agenda Item 6.14
Intervention by James Love, CMC Churches’ Action for Health
Since May 2009, the ACLU and Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) have been litigating a case involving the patent eligibility of two human genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, associated with ovarian and breast cancer. ACLU and PUBPAT, representing the petitioners, Association for Molecular Pathology, among others, have argued that human genes are not patentable and that patents on such objects stifle diagnostic testing and further research.
For call-in details for today’s event, contact Krista Cox.
On January 27, 2012, KEI will host a brown bag lunch with Shira Perlmutter. Shira was recently appointed the Administrator for Policy and External Affairs of USPTO. This position was most recently held by Albert Tramposch, who replaced Arti Rai, the first Obama appointee.
WHO reform is among the hot topics for consideration at the 130th session of the WHO Executive Board which meets from 16 January 2012 to 23 January 2012. One paper in particular, EB130/5 Add.4, entitled, “Governance: Promoting engagement with other stakeholders and involvement with and oversight of partnerships” describes how WHO may re-assess its relationship with non-governmental organizations including,
On December 7, 2011, USTR issued Federal Register Notice 76480-76481 requesting comments on “Canada’s Expression of Interest in the Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement.” USTR issued similar requests for comments regarding Japan’s (Notice 76478-76479) and Mexico’s (Notice 76479-76480) expression of interest in the TPPA.
KEI has submitted a response to this notice available for download here.
World Health Organization
The 130th session of the WHO Executive Board will examine inter alia, the following technical items:
Prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (scheduled for discussion on Thursday, 19 January 2012)
On December 16, 2011, H.R. 3699, “the Research Works Act”, was introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Committee member Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). This is how the Association of American Publishers describes the bill: