Among House Democrats supporting Fast Track, 24 of 28 received money from drug and medical device PACS
I spent a bit of time to look at the contributions from selected drug and medical device Political Action Committees (PACs) to the 28 House Democrats who voted for fast track on June 18, 2015.
We just received a reply from a September 17, 2013 FOIA request KEI filed with USTR, asking for correspondence involving General Electric's efforts to block the WIPO Treaty for the Blind. USTR provided 24 pages of documents, available here:
Norway delivered the following statement on non-violation and situation complaints at the June 2015 meeting of the WTO TRIPS Council.As delivered
TRIPS COUNCIL MEETING 9 AND 10 JUNE 2015
6. NON-VIOLATION AND SITUATION COMPLAINTS
Statement by Norway
- We would like to join the overwhelming majority of members that have intervened today.
TRIPS Council June 2015: Norway provides unequivocal support of LDC Group request for extension of the transition period
On Wednesday, 10 June 2015, Norway - a high-income member of the WTO with a GDP per capita of 100,898 USD- (Source: World Bank, 2013) delivered this powerful intervention supporting the LDC Group request for an extension of the transition period for pharmaceutical products. On the LDC Group's specific request on extension until graduation, Norway said,
Today the Legal Affairs Committee approved an amendment in favour of a copyright exception for text and data mining with the Reda Report on copyright.
Stresses the need to properly assess the enablement of automated analytical techniques for text and data (e.g. ‘text and data mining’ or ‘content mining’) for research purposes, provided that permission to read the work has been acquired;
Today the European Parliament´s Legal Affairs Committee approved the amendment below within the Reda Report on Copyright.
Underlines the importance of exceptions and limitations being accessible for persons with disabilities; in this regard notes the conclusion of the Marrakesh Treaty, which will facilitate access for the visually impaired to books, and encourages swift ratification; believes that the Treaty is a good step forward, but that much work remains to be done in order to open up access to content for people with different disabilities;
Following the Friday vote in the House of Representatives which effectively blocked movement (for now) on the Trade Promotion Authority, and more generally, slowed down the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, I was contacted by Dr. Harvey Bale, the well known former Director General of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA). In an exchange on Facebook, Dr. Bale took favorable note of the outcome on fast track, and described the vote against fast track as "A very good day, Indeed." I asked Dr.
WTO TRIPS Council (June 2015): India underscores the importance of de-linkage in discussions of financing innovation
In discussions at the June 2015 WTO TRIPS Council on the role of intellectual property in financing innovation, India underscored its commitment to the principle of de-linkage by stating,
Innovation should not be viewed within the narrow prism of intellectual property monopolies but framed within a holistic, knowledge ecosystem that includes open innovation, open knowledge approaches and de-linkage of R&D costs from product prices
On Tuesday, 9 June 2015, India delivered the following statement on Non-Violation and Situational Complaints (IP/C/W/385/Rev 1). Brazil introduced the paper along with 16 other WTO members including India. The 17 co-sponsors of this paper include Argentina, Plurinational State of Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Peru, Russian Federation, Sri Lanka and Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
The joint submission proposes the following action item for the Nairobi Ministerial from 15 December 2015 to 18 December 2015:
Attached below is a May 20, 2015 letter from Duke researchers to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, setting our problems in the TPP IP Chapter. The letter is signed by Jason Cross, the Director of the Innovation & Technology Policy Lab (ITPLab) at the Sanford School of Public Policy & Duke Law School, at Duke University.
The whole letter (available in PDF format here) is worth reading. Here are a few sections from the letter:
Attached is a 2 page summary of the main provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) that will lead to higher prices for drugs and other medical technologies.
A pdf version of the note is available here: http://keionline.org/sites/default/files/KEI-TPP-Briefing-2015-2-A2M.pdfWhat does the TPP do as regards prices of drugs and other medical technologies?
KEI TPP Briefing note 2015:2
June 10, 2015
WTO TRIPS Council (June 2015): LDC Group Presentation on the Extension of the Decision on Pharmaceutical Products
The LDC Group delivered the following statement on Wednesday, 8 June 2015 during WTO TRIPS Council discussions on their request on the extension of the decision on pharmaceutical products.PRESENTATION BY THE LDCS GROUP TO THE TRIPS COUNCIL ON THE EXTENSION OF THE DECISION ON PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS, 09-10 JUNE 2015
I make this presentation on behalf of the LDCs group. We thank you for calling this meeting and for your report.
WTO TRIPS Council: World Health Organization issues unequivocal support of LDC transition period for pharmaceutical products
Today, on Wednesday, 10 June 2015, the World Trade Organization's TRIPS Council discussed the LDC Group's Request for an Extension of the Transitional Period Under Article 66.1 of the TRIPS Agreement for Least Developed Country Members with Respect to Pharmaceutical Products and for Waivers from the Obligation of Articles 70.8 and 70.9 of the TRIPS Agreement (Source: IP/C/W/605).
KEI is circulating a sign on letter to be sent to Ambassador Michael Froman of USTR. We learned that in a USTR has been stating that there was no evidence that stronger intellectual property rules created barriers for access to medicine.
This is a shocking statement for USTR to make, and we are seeking confirmation and clarification of USTR's assertion. The text of our letter follows below.
If you would like to sign on to this letter, please send your name, city and state of residence, and affiliation if any, along with contact details (only for confirmation if necessary), to:
I have written an article for Medium, titled: TPP, designed to make medicine more expensive, reforms more difficult. (Link here)
Last week, KEI published the October 3, 2014 Korea proposals for the RCEP IP Chapter (http://www.keionline.org/node/2239), and earlier we published a Japan proposal for the RCEP IP Chapter (http://keionline.org/node/2173)
Today we are publishing two new proposals for the RCEP IP Chapter, the proposals by
- India, and
US Copyright office proposes limits on damages, injunctions, for Orphan Works, contradicting TPP language
The US Copyright Office has proposed limitations on damages and injunctions, when "orphan" copyrighted works are infringed.
Attached (here) is the October 3, 2014 version of the Draft Text, of the Intellectual Property Chapter, for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), Free Trade Agreement, tabled by South Korea in the negotiations. (More about the RCEP here)
The next round of negotiation will be held in Kyoto, Japan from 8-12 June.
WTO TRIPS Council (February 2015): EU statement on LDC extension of transition period for pharmaceutical products
The following statement was delivered by the European Union at the February 2015 session in response to the proposal by the LDC Group Request for an Extension of the Transitional Period Under Article 66.1 of the TRIPS Agreement for Least Developed Country Members with Respect to Pharmaceutical Products and for Waivers from the Obligation of Articles 70.8 and 70.9 of the TRIPS Agreement.
In particular, the European Union noted,
June 2015: WTO reports on India's Section 3(d) and compulsory licensing provisions - WTO Trade Policy Review - India
On 2 June 2015 and 4 June 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) is conducting a trade policy review of India. All members of the WTO are subject to review under the Trade Policy Review Mechanism (TPRM). The TPRM takes place in the "Trade Policy Review Body which is actually the WTO General Council — comprising the WTO’s full membership — operating under special rules and procedures" (Source: WTO, Trade Policy Reviews: Brief Introduction).