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IMS Health May 2015 comments on patient access to oncology drugs

Knowledge Ecology International - Tue, 18/08/2015 - 02:01

IMS Health, the global information and technology services company, known for its statistics on sales of drugs, published a study in May 2015 that estimated the global market for oncology drugs now exceeds $100 billion per year.

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Switzerland pressures Colombia to deny compulsory license on imatinib

Knowledge Ecology International - Mon, 17/08/2015 - 09:05

Ambassador Livia Leu, Head of the Bilateral Economic Relations Division and Delegate of the Federal Council for Trade Agreements, Switzerland

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17 WTO Members (Brazil, China, India, Russia) submit draft Ministerial Decision on Non-Violation and Situation Complaints

Knowledge Ecology International - Wed, 12/08/2015 - 13:49

On 24 July 2015, 17 Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) tabled a draft Ministerial decision (published by the WTO secretariat on 29 July 2015) on "Non-violation and situation complaints" for "consideration at the 10th Ministerial Conference of the WTO" (Source: IP/C/W/607). The 10th Ministerial Conference of the WTO will take place in Nairobi from 15 December 2015 to 18 December 2015.

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KEI briefing note on the evolution of TPP negotiating text on patentable subject matter

Knowledge Ecology International - Tue, 11/08/2015 - 15:26

The attached PDF file is a KEI briefing note on the evolution of certain sections of the TPP negotiating text on patents and patentable subject matter.

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Seminars on Drug Pricing: Part 3, Aidan Hollis

Knowledge Ecology International - Thu, 06/08/2015 - 17:05

UPDATED:
Here is a link to the recording of the seminar. Please see Aidan's paper and slideshow for more detail and explanation.



Original

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KEI's second installment of TPP IP Chapter leak, includes copyright, all other provisions

Knowledge Ecology International - Wed, 05/08/2015 - 12:29

This press release was distributed this morning, August 5, 2015, after KEI released the final sections of the TPP Chapter on Intellectual Property. The full text of the chapter is available here: http://keionline.org/tpp/11may2015-ip-text.

5 August 2015
CONTACT: Zack Struver
+1 (202) 332-2670
zack.struver@keionline.org

Knowledge Ecology International Leaks Copyright Provisions in Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Knowledge Ecology International Leaks TPP Text on Intellectual Property

Knowledge Ecology International - Tue, 04/08/2015 - 14:29

4 August 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Zack Struver
+1 (202) 332-2670
zack.struver@keionline.org

Knowledge Ecology International Leaks TPP Text on Intellectual Property

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

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WTO Trade Policy Review of India- EU, Japan, Switzerland and the US question India over Section 3(d) and Compulsory Licensing

Knowledge Ecology International - Mon, 03/08/2015 - 11:26

June 2015 - WTO Trade Policy Review of India: Section 3(d) and Compulsory Licensing under the Spotlight

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Consensus achieved at WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) on Future Work Program

Knowledge Ecology International - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 14:55

After two days of intense negotiations over the future work program of WIPO's Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP), the committee achieved consensus at around 3:40 PM Geneva time on Friday, 31 July 2015.

The future work of WIPO's main normative committee dealing with patents now has a pathway on the following work streams:

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WIPO SCP22: Language on GRULAC proposal to revise 1979 WIPO Model Law for Developing Countries on Inventions

Knowledge Ecology International - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 07:55

On 30 July 2015 at 8:30 PM Geneva time, the Chair (Bucura Ionescu, Romania) of WIPO's 22nd Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) distributed the following non-paper related to the proposal by the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC) to revise the 1979 WIPO Model Law for Developing Countries on Inventions. If this language is tabled, WIPO's normative committee on patents will continue discussions on the GRULAC proposal.

INFORMAL NON-PAPER

SCP/22: PROPOSAL BY THE CHAIR
July 30, 2015
20.30

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WIPO SCP22: Informal Non-Paper by Chair on Future Work (30 July 2015, 20:30 version)

Knowledge Ecology International - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 07:46

On 30 July 2015 at 8:30 PM Geneva time, the Chair (Bucura Ionescu, Romania) of WIPO's 22nd Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) distributed the following non-paper as a pathway for future work addressing 1) Exceptions and Limitations to Patent Rights, 2) Quality of Patents, Including Opposition Systems, 3) Patents and Health, 4) Confidentiality of Communications between clients and their patent advisors and 5) Transfer of technology. The SCP is WIPO"s main normative committee dealing with patents.

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WIPO SCP 22: Written Statement of Knowledge Ecology International on Patents and Health

Knowledge Ecology International - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 12:43

28 July 2015
WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP)
Written Statement of Knowledge Ecology International on Patents and Health

As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is currently reported to be in the final stages of negotiation, it is both appropriate and urgent that this Committee is addressing the topic of patents and health.

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SCP22: Australian response to GRULAC proposal to revise 1979 WIPO Model Law for Developing Countries on Inventions

Knowledge Ecology International - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 15:59

On 29 July 2015, Australia provided the following response to the proposal by the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC) to revise the 1979 WIPO Model Law for Developing Countries on Inventions.

Australian Delegation Proposal

The Secretariat prepare a study on:

1) experiences of how developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs) have implemented the patent model law; or

2) to determine the unmet need for a patent model law.

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WIPO SCP22: KEI statement on GRULAC proposal (SCP/22/5)

Knowledge Ecology International - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 14:38

Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) delivered the following intervention on 29 July 2015 during WIPO discussions on the proposal by the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC) to revise the 1979 WIPO Model Law for Developing Countries on Inventions.

KEI statement on GRULAC proposal (SCP/22/5)
WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP)
29 July 2015

Proposal: Engage Member States in the Revision of the 1979 WIPO Model Law for Developing Countries on Inventions

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SCP22: India’s Intervention on inventive step (SCP/22/3)

Knowledge Ecology International - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 10:22

India delivered this lengthy, nuanced intervention on inventive step on 28 July 2015 citing the US Supreme Court observations on a person skilled in the art (PSIA), the KSR Int'l Co. v. Teleflex, Inc. decision on obviousness as applied to patent claims, the IPAB Roche decision (in relation to inventive step) and jurisprudence from the House of Lords on inventive step.

India’s Intervention on a study on inventive step (SCP/22/3) at SCP/22

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SCP22: Opening statement of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries

Knowledge Ecology International - Mon, 27/07/2015 - 15:50

On Monday afternoon, 27 July 2015, Brazil on behalf of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC) delivered the following opening statement which,inter alia, called for a

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Eleven of the 28 House democrats supporting Fast Track write USTR about Medicine IPR issues

Knowledge Ecology International - Fri, 24/07/2015 - 14:52

Attached is a letter from eleven of the 28 House Democrats that supported the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) Fast Track legislation, on the topic of intellectual property rights and medicine. The letter, which is moderate and cautious in substance, but overall helpful given where negotiations stand, closes by telling Ambassador Froman that "As members who support trade done right, we strongly believe that TPP must not inhibit access to lifesaving medicines."

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WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents: What's on the agenda?

Knowledge Ecology International - Fri, 24/07/2015 - 11:33

The World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Twenty-Second session of the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) is taking place from 27 July 2015 to 31 July 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. The prior session of the Committee (November 2014) ended in deadlock. Ultimately, patents and health proved to be the deciding factor.

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Sanders offers amendment to create compulsory licenses on medical inventions, for veterans

Knowledge Ecology International - Thu, 23/07/2015 - 20:51

On Wednesday, July 22, 2015, the Senate Veterans Committee held a mark-up to consider several bills. During the mark-up, Senator Sanders offered an amendment, attached below, that would create a compulsory license mechanism in the Department of Veterans Affairs, for patents on medical inventions. (See amendment text below). The motivation for the amendment was a crisis in the VA involving access to drugs for the hepatitis C virus (HCV).

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