Obama officials seek end of WIPO program on limitations and exceptions to patent rights in developing countries

During the WIPO 2014 General Assembly’s discussions of patents and health in the context of the work of the Standing Committee on the Law of Patent (SCP), the Obama Administration embraced an aggressive position against WIPO technical assistance on the use of patent limitations and exceptions.

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India’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion creates IPR Think Tank to Draft National IPR Policy

On Friday, 24 October 2014, India’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) announced the creation of an IPR Think Tank to Draft National Intellectual Property Rights Policy.

The composition of the think tank follows:

Justice Prabha Sridevan, Chairperson, IPR Think Tank;
Ms. Pratibha Singh, Advocate, Singh & Singh Associates, Member;
Ms. Punita Bhargava, Advocate, Inventure IP, Member;
Dr. Unnat Pandit, Cadila Pharmaceuticals Limited, Member;
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New leak of TPP consolidated text on intellectual property provides details of pandering to drug companies and publishers

For more information:
James Love, Knowledge Ecology International
email: james.love@keionline.org, +1.202.361.3040

The May 16, 2014 version of the consolidated negotiating text for the Intellectual Property Chapter for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is a long, complex document that taken as a whole is designed to expand and extend monopolies on knowledge goods, including in particular publisher-owned copyrights, patents on inventions, and monopoly rights in data used to register new drugs, vaccines and agricultural chemical products.

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UPDATE: TRIPS Council (Oct. 2014): Ukraine requests discussion on compatibility of tobacco plain packaging measures with TRIPS

UPDATE: On 17 October 2014, the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO) circulated an updated WTO airgram WTO/AIR/4358 REV. 1 to its Members following a request by Ukraine. Ukraine requested the addition of an item on “Concerns with Respect to Measures Related to Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products and their Compatibility with the TRIPS Agreement.” This will be discussed under agenda item 13. Continue Reading

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KEI Notes & Comments at TTIP Seventh Round of Negotiations at Stakeholder Event

The 7th Round of the negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement began Monday September 29, 2014 in the United States. This round’s paltry effort at transparency, the TTIP Stakeholder Engagement Day, was held at the suburban 4-H conference center in Chevy Chase, MD. Although the information packet for the event included public transport instructions, the location was difficult to access for any attendees without a car, and even then, parking was extremely limited. Continue Reading

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