KEI Presentation at World Conference on Access to Medicines, New Dehli

From November 21 to 23, the Government of India and the World Health Organization are hosting the “1st World Conference on Access to Medical Products and International Laws for Trade and Health, in the Context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.  The program for then meeting is here:  (pdf) I make a presentation on …

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SCCR35 Day 3 KEI Statement on Limitations and Exceptions

November 15, 2017. . Copyright: WIPO. Photo: Emmanuel Berrod. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 IGO License. After discussing the Broadcasters, cablecasters and webcasters treaty also called by some the “youtube” Treaty, the Committtee moved on to limitations and exceptions issues. As the Deputy Director General, Sylvie Forbin noted in her …

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KEI and MSF release comments on the proposed license of Zika vaccine candidates to PaxVax

Background: The National Institutes of Health has proposed giving an exclusive license for multiple Zika vaccine candidates to PaxVax, a company with close ties to the federal government. The NIH-owned vaccine technologies are different from the Zika vaccine candidate the U.S. Army had proposed licensing to Sanofi. In the Sanofi/Army case, when BARDA withdrew funding …

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SCCR 35 Day 1 at WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights: will the “YouTube treaty” progress?

Day 1 at WIPO STANDING COMMITTEE ON COPYRIGHT AND RELATED RIGHTS Since 1998, the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR),has engaged in negotiations to create new norms for the protection of broadcasters, cablecasters and now –again– webcasters too. The proposed treaty was no doubt a part of the WIPO “triptych” of the …

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KEI Comment on GOP proposal to eliminate the Orphan Drug Tax Credit

Statement by James Love, KEI Director, on GOP proposal to eliminate the Orphan Drug Tax Credit.

The GOP proposal to eliminate the Orphan Drug Tax Credit may create a new opportunity to reform the incentives for rare diseases, even if the tax bill fails or the tax credit survives. The GOP tax bill shows there is weaker support for the existing regime than many thought.

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WIPO publishes scoping study scoping study on the impact of the digital environment on copyright legislation

On Thursday, 26 October 2017, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published a scoping study (SCCR/35/4) on the impact of the digital environment on copyright legislation adopted between 2006 and 2016; the author of this study is Guilda Rostama, Ph.D. The mandate for this study emanates from a proposal of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States (GRULAC) first tabled at the 31st session of WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) in December 2015. At SCCR33 in November 2016, WIPO Member States agreed to the following:

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WTO TRIPS Council (October 2017): South Africa highlights examples of compulsory licensing in Germany, Malaysia, and the US

On 20 October 2017, South Africa delivered the following statement on behalf of Brazil, China, India, and South Africa during the WTO TRIPS Council’s discussions on compulsory licensing. On 31 May 2017, these delegations (along with Fiji) submitted a proposal to the TRIPS Council on “Intellectual Property and the Public Interest” which would serve as an overarching theme for the Council to address issues including access to knowledge and access to medicines.

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