Nov 082017
 

By HU Yuanqiong  – Advocates of access to medicines movement would not feel unfamiliar with the issue of patent evergreening on chemical medicines while monopoly could get prolonged through applying for multiple patents on small changes of the same medicine. The similar tricks have also been practiced on other medical products, such as vaccines. As a traditional public health intervention, vaccines have been costing more money in recent years when a couple of newer generation of products are exhausting governments’ budgets largely due to their monopoly situations. Recent researches have suggested that patent thicket and evergreening, among others, have played an instrumental role. Continue reading »

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Drug Price Gouging: Int’l Union of Operating Engineers Stationary Engineers Local 39 Health & Welfare Trust Fund et al v. Celgene

 Posted by on July 5, 2017  Comments Off on Drug Price Gouging: Int’l Union of Operating Engineers Stationary Engineers Local 39 Health & Welfare Trust Fund et al v. Celgene
Jul 052017
 

[by Zhao Zhao] On June 14th, 2017, the International Union of Operating Engineers Stationary Engineers Local 39 Health and Welfare Trust Fund, The Detectives’ Endowment Association, Inc., and David Mitchell (“Plaintiffs”) filed a class action antitrust complaint against Celgene Corporation (“Celgene”) over Celgene’s alleged exclusion of competition from the market for two drugs: thalidomide and lenalidomide. Celgene sells them under the brands Thalomid and Revlimid for treating leprosy and multiple myeloma. Continue reading »

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Copyright Amendment (Disability Measures and Other Access) Bill Passes in Australia

 Posted by on June 21, 2017  Comments Off on Copyright Amendment (Disability Measures and Other Access) Bill Passes in Australia
Jun 212017
 

Delia Browne, University of Auckland

The Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill 2017 (the Bill) was passed on Thursday 15 June 2017 and will become law sometime in late December this year (six months from Royal Assent)

See here for a copy of the Bill.
See here for a copy of the Explanatory Memorandum (EM).​

The new law includes a number of reforms that have been sought by the education sector for years.  These include  Continue reading »

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Against the Privatization of Argentina’s Photographic Memory

 Posted by on October 7, 2015  Comments Off on Against the Privatization of Argentina’s Photographic Memory
Oct 072015
 

monkey-combined[Luisa Guzmán] Last week Fundación Via Libre released a statement urging Argentinian lawmakers to drop a bill proposing a Copyright term extension for photographs, and asking them to open a public debate with the purpose of improving the general conditions for the circulation of cultural goods. To date, over 50 cultural, artistic, and digital rights organizations have signed the statement. Continue reading »

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Update on IP Watch’s FOIA Case Seeking Release of USTR Documents from the TPP Negotiations

 Posted by on April 22, 2015  Comments Off on Update on IP Watch’s FOIA Case Seeking Release of USTR Documents from the TPP Negotiations
Apr 222015
 

isp-logoBrianna van Kan, Ben Picozzi, and Rebecca Wexler
Yale Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic

On April 3, 2015, Intellectual Property Watch (IP-Watch) completed its written arguments to the federal district court in Manhattan in a case that could compel the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to release basic information regarding USTR’s negotiations over the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. In particular, IP-Watch’s lawsuit and summary judgment motion asks U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos to order USTR to release documents that relate to the intellectual property provisions of the TPP—including USTR’s final negotiating positions, the portions of the draft agreement that the U.S. has proposed or adopted, and communications between USTR and the industry representatives who sit on Industry Trade Advisory Committees (ITACs). Both IP-Watch and USTR have filed opposing summary judgment motions and are now waiting for Judge Ramos to rule on the case. Continue reading »

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India Posts Model Bilateral Investment Treaty Text for Review

 Posted by on March 24, 2015  Comments Off on India Posts Model Bilateral Investment Treaty Text for Review
Mar 242015
 

india-flagLeena Menghaney

India, like South Africa, is concerned about the Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) it has signed in the past. India has put out a draft its New Model text for BITs negotiations, Now posted online:

https://mygov.in/sites/default/files/master_image/Model%20Text%20for%20the%20Indian%20Bilateral%20Investment%20Treaty.pdf

The last date for submission of comments is 10th April.

 

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Online Retransmission Consent and DMCA Liability Protections

 Posted by on March 23, 2015  Comments Off on Online Retransmission Consent and DMCA Liability Protections
Mar 232015
 

fcc-logo_white-on-blackSeth Johnson

At the following link you will find the FCC’s NPRM for establishing a “retransmission consent” regime online for a specific class of online services called Multichannel Video Programming Distributors. It addresses all services that make multiple linear video programming streams available online on a subscription basis: Continue reading »

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Chilean Constitutional Court to decide on the constitutionality of the patent linkage bill

 Posted by on March 7, 2013  Comments Off on Chilean Constitutional Court to decide on the constitutionality of the patent linkage bill
Mar 072013
 

chile flagThe following message was sent to infojustice from an observer in Chile who wishes to remain unidentified…

On March 5, the Chilean Constitutional Court (CC) decided to review the constitutionality of the patent linkage bill currently being discussed in the Chilean Congress. This bill would set forth a non-merit based preliminary injunction only eligible for pharmaceutical patent holders. Continue reading »

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