Knowledge Governance Negotiations

Resource material on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

What is the TTIP?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in the words of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), "is an ambitious, comprehensive, and high-standard trade and investment agreement being negotiated between the United States and the European Union (EU)" launched in 2013. (Source: USTR TTIP website) In President Obama's State of the Union Address on 12 February 2013, Obama announched the launch of the TTIP:

KEI notes from Eighth Round of TPPA Negotiations

Krista Cox wrote these notes on September 13, 2011, reporting on the eighth round of negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

USTR releases new White Paper on Access to Medicine: includes almost no specifics in terms of negotiating positions

USTR has released its new White Paper on Access to Medicine. Here is the press release. A copy of the White Paper is available here:


What best describes Obama Administration rationale for secrecy of tabled TransPacific Partnership Agreement IPR texts?

Only governments and big corporations need to know about tabled texts
2% (3 votes)
The less consumer, health and development groups and academics know, the less influence they will have
20% (29 votes)
The public should pay taxes, vote from time to time, and then shut up
5% (7 votes)
The USTR does not want its proposals compared to current U.S. legal norms
6% (9 votes)
Congress does not want the public to have access to tabled texts. Unless they contribute lots of cash.
6% (9 votes)
None of the above
5% (7 votes)
All of the above
56% (80 votes)
Total votes: 144

KEI comments on inconsistencies between USTR proposal for the TPPA and current US law

As KEI has discussed previously, USTR's proposal for the IP chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) raises numerous concerns for human rights, access to medicines, and access to information, among other issues.

WIPO General Assembly: Expectations loom over decisions on treaties for actors, reading disabled persons and genetic resources

The WIPO General Assembly meets from Monday, 26 September 2011 to Wednesday, 5 October 2011 and will take place at the International Conference Center Geneva (CICG), 17 rue de Varembé, 1211, Geneva.

The tentative schedule for 49th session of the WIPO General Assembly can be found here:

OMPI: Un instrument international pour la protection des ressources génétiques, des savoirs traditionnels et du folklore?

L’OMPI sur la voie d’un instrument international pour la protection des ressources génétiques, des savoirs traditionnels et du folklore.


Eugenia Olliaro (KEI)

Of WIPO, diplomatic conferences and international legally binding instruments

The 19th session of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore is meeting this week in Geneva (18-22 July 2011) to make a a decision on a possible international legal instrument (or instruments) to protect genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore. At the discussions of future work on 19 July 2011, the United States (Albert Tramposch, USPTO) asked the WIPO Legal Counsel (Edward Kwakwa) the following question.

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