SCP25: Closing Statement of the Republic of South Africa

On Thursday, 15 December 2016, South Africa delivered this poignant, closing statement at WIPO’s Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP). Negotiations broke down on the issue of future work, as the European Union and Group B refused to permit discussions of the Report of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines at future sessions of the SCP.

According to the WIPO website,

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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.

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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,

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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**

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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

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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.

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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 Continue Reading

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