Little Evidence to Support WIPO’s Formula “IP = Innovation = Development”

 Posted by on October 10, 2017  Comments Off on Little Evidence to Support WIPO’s Formula “IP = Innovation = Development”
Oct 102017
 

[Originally posted on twn.my, Link] There is little evidence to support WIPO’s approach of asserting intellectual property as a central piece of innovation, says Professor Carlos Correa, Senior Advisor at South Centre.

Prof. Correa, a renowned IP expert,  was speaking at a side event on the “Future of WIPO’s Development Agenda”, organised by the South Centre, in conjunction with the meetings of the WIPO Assemblies (2-11 October) in Geneva. Continue reading »

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Campaign for Affordable Trastuzumab Letter to Indian Chief Justice re: Meeting of IPAB, Delhi High Court, and IP Owners Associations

 Posted by on November 17, 2014  Comments Off on Campaign for Affordable Trastuzumab Letter to Indian Chief Justice re: Meeting of IPAB, Delhi High Court, and IP Owners Associations
Nov 172014
 
K.M. Gopakumar

K.M. Gopakumar

Letter sent by Kalyani Menon-Sen, Leena Menghaney, and KM Gopakumar on behalf of the Campaign for Affordable Trastuzumab

We write to you on behalf of the Campaign for Affordable Trastuzumab, a network of treatment activists, patients and public interest lawyers committed to making the breast cancer drug – trastuzumab – affordable in India. We have closely followed the misuse of patent rights and more recently the vexatious litigation of the Swiss pharmaceutical company Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd in India to maintain control over the market for the life saving drug (trastuzumab), thus blocking access to treatment for many women diagnosed and suffering from HER2+ breast cancer.

This letter is to express our grave concern about the intent and purpose of the “Innovation Dialog” being organised in India from November 16-22, 2014 by the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPOA).
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Civil society concerns over India-US Joint Working Group

 Posted by on November 5, 2014  Comments Off on Civil society concerns over India-US Joint Working Group
Nov 052014
 
K.M. Gopakumar

K.M. Gopakumar

[Cross posted from TWN, Link] Several civil society organisations and individuals have expressed earnest concerns over the India-United States Joint Working Group on Intellectual Property.

A collective sign-on letter from more than 50 organisations, networks and individuals to India’s Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi sets out the concerns over the decision to establish the Working Group that was announced in a US-India Joint Statement dated 30 September 2014.  The letter urges the Prime Minister to approach the intellectual property (IP) issue with a “holistic perspective rather the narrow confines of trade and economic policy”. Continue reading »

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WIPO: Failure to reach consensus, “no decision” adopted on four issues

 Posted by on October 2, 2014  Comments Off on WIPO: Failure to reach consensus, “no decision” adopted on four issues
Oct 022014
 

K.M. Gopakumar[Reposted from TWN News, Link] Member States at the recently concluded 46th General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) adopted a “no decision” outcome when consensus failed on four key issues.

This occurred on past midnight of the last day of the session that was held from 22 to 30 September 2014.

Despite intensive informal consultations over several days and evening some nights, the WIPO General Assembly concluded at 12.30 am without any decision on four areas viz. the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (Agenda item 16), Design Law Treaty (Agenda Item 15), the Standing Committee on Copyrights (Agenda item 14), and Matters Concerning External Offices and the establishment of WIPO External Offices (Agenda item 12). Continue reading »

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Campaign for Affordable Trastuzumab: Protecting Profits More Important than Protecting Patients?

 Posted by on February 7, 2014  Comments Off on Campaign for Affordable Trastuzumab: Protecting Profits More Important than Protecting Patients?
Feb 072014
 

india-flagThe Campaign for Affordable Trastuzumab deplores the ex-parte order of the Delhi High Court on a petition by Swiss pharma major Roche, effectively preventing Biocon  from marketing of a biosimilar of the breast cancer drug trastuzumab.

[The order is available here: http://lobis.nic.in/dhc/MAN/judgement/06-02-2014/MAN05022014S3552014.pdf]

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WIPO: Developing Countries Oppose Proposals on Work-sharing in Patents Committee

 Posted by on January 30, 2014  Comments Off on WIPO: Developing Countries Oppose Proposals on Work-sharing in Patents Committee
Jan 302014
 
K.M. Gopakumar

K.M. Gopakumar

Reposted with permission from Third World Network, Link
Alexandra Bhattacharya and K M Gopakumar (Geneva)

Developing countries, during a discussion in WIPO on quality of patents, questioned the value of work-sharing arrangements among national/regional patent offices as a method of improving the quality of patents, and opposed efforts by developed countries to mainstream “work-sharing” in WIPO.

The 20th session of the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents is meeting in Geneva from January 27-31, 2014. Continue reading »

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Jul 162013
 

K.M. Gopakumar[Reposted with author’s permission from TWN Info] The United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution on access to medicines despite opposition from the United States and the European Union.

This was at the 23rd session of the Council held in Geneva on 27 May-14 June 2013. The resolution was sponsored by developing countries as a follow-up to the Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Anand Grover, on access to medicines (see SUNS #7599 dated 6 June 2013). Continue reading »

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WIPO: Treaty concluded for visually impaired to access published works

 Posted by on June 27, 2013  Comments Off on WIPO: Treaty concluded for visually impaired to access published works
Jun 272013
 

gopakumar[Published in SUNS #7614 dated 27 June 2013]

Marrakesh, 26 Jun (K. M. Gopakumar) — Major breakthrough negotiations on an International Treaty for Visually Impaired Persons/Persons with Print Disability concluded late night on 25 June.

The Treaty creates a legal obligation on the part of the Contracting Party to provide an exception or limitation in its national copyrights law on the right of reproduction, the right of distribution, and the right of making available to the public, to facilitate availability of the works in accessible format copies.

The Treaty covers persons with blindness, visual impairment, reading disability or any other physical disability which prevents them from holding or manipulating a book or to focus or move their eyes in the normal speed. Continue reading »

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Jun 072013
 

TWNlogo_000(Reposted with permission from the TWN Info Service) Developing countries are set to introduce a resolution on access to medicines at the current session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The 23rd regular session of the Human Rights Council is taking place from 27 May to 14 June in Geneva and the draft resolution is expected to come up for consideration next week. Continue reading »

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