Nov 302016
 
Map: Australian Dept. For. Affairs & Trade

Map: Australian Dept. For. Affairs & Trade

Joint letter from 316 civil society groups based in countries negotiating RCEP [Printable PDF]

Dear Trade Ministers & Negotiators from the RCEP countries: This is an urgent call by 316 civil society organisations from across the Asian and Pacific countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which includes the 10 ASEAN Member States with China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand.

This letter comes at a very important political moment, when in the aftermath of the US elections it seems clear that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) will not be ratified by the USA, in spite of its big push since February 2016 when the agreement was signed by the 12 countries. Continue reading »

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NGO and Academics Letter to U.S. Secretary of State On Access to Medicines

 Posted by on July 24, 2016  Comments Off on NGO and Academics Letter to U.S. Secretary of State On Access to Medicines
Jul 242016
 
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Letter from 56 Non-profit Organizations and Academic Experts to Secretary Kerry Regarding State Department Pressure Against Access to Medicines Efforts [PDF]

July 20, 2016

Dear Secretary Kerry: We are writing to express our concern about recent statements made by representatives of the State Department on issues regarding intellectual property (IP) and access to medicines in various settings, including proceedings in Colombia, several important United Nations fora, and in India. Continue reading »

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Letter: Médecins Sans Frontières and over 50 groups urge US Congress to reject the TPP

 Posted by on April 13, 2016  Comments Off on Letter: Médecins Sans Frontières and over 50 groups urge US Congress to reject the TPP
Apr 132016
 

msf big square cropped[Joint civil society letter, Link]  Dear Member of Congress: As organizations concerned with public health in the United States and across the world, we are alarmed by the implications for access to medicines of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), signed by the U.S. and 11 other countries on February 4th, 2016. The intellectual property (IP), investment, and pharmaceutical and medical device reimbursement listing provisions included in the TPP would do more to undermine access to affordable medicines than any previous U.S. trade agreement. We therefore urge you to reject the TPP in its current form. Continue reading »

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1,525 Civil Society Groups to Congress: Oppose the TPP

 Posted by on January 12, 2016  Comments Off on 1,525 Civil Society Groups to Congress: Oppose the TPP
Jan 122016
 
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A group of 1,525 civil society groups have signed onto a letter sponsored by the Citizen’s Trade Campaign urging Members of Congress to “to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a binding pact that poses significant threats to American jobs and wages, the environment, food safety and public health, and that falls far short of establishing the high standards the United States should require in a 21st Century trade agreement.” The full letter is available here.  The section describing the intellectual property chapter’s threats to public health are below: Continue reading »

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Joint NGO Statement on the TRIPS Council Decision On Extension of the Transition Period Concerning Pharmaceutical Products

 Posted by on November 9, 2015  Comments Off on Joint NGO Statement on the TRIPS Council Decision On Extension of the Transition Period Concerning Pharmaceutical Products
Nov 092015
 

wto-logoJoint Statement by 14 Civil Society Groups
Reposted from the Third World Network, Link

Today (6th November), the WTO-TRIPS Council adopted a decision granting Least Developed Countries (LDCs) an exemption from patents and test data protection for pharmaceutical products for a duration of 17 years. With this exemption, LDCs will not be obliged to implement or apply or to enforce patents as well as test data protection for pharmaceutical products until 1 January 2033. Continue reading »

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EU Trade Secrets Directive Threat to Health, Environment, Free Speech and Worker Mobility

 Posted by on March 25, 2015  Comments Off on EU Trade Secrets Directive Threat to Health, Environment, Free Speech and Worker Mobility
Mar 252015
 

HAI Europe JPG Logo Colour[Civil society statement signed by 50 groups, Link] We strongly oppose the hasty push by the European Commission and Council for a new European Union (EU) directive on trade secrets because it contains: An unreasonably broad definition of “trade secrets” that enables almost anything within a company to be deemed as such; Far-reaching legal remedies for companies whose “trade secrets” have been “unlawfully acquired, used or disclosed”, including provisional and precautionary measures, damages and secrecy rights throughout the judicial process; and Inadequate safeguards that will not ensure that EU consumers, journalists, whistleblowers, researchers and workers have reliable access to important data that is in the public interest.

The proposal must be amended to ensure that only information acquired, disclosed or used by third parties with intention of commercial gain is protected under the directive.

Click here for the full joint statement.

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International Open Access Week Shines Spotlight on Increasing the Impact of Scientific Research

 Posted by on October 20, 2014  Comments Off on International Open Access Week Shines Spotlight on Increasing the Impact of Scientific Research
Oct 202014
 

oa logaGeneration Open” Theme Highlights Students and Early Career Researchers

SPARC Press Release
Contact: Ranit Schmelzer
Phone:  202.538.1065
Email:  media@sparc.arl.org

Washington, DC – Hundreds of events will take place across the globe to highlight the power that Open Access has to increase the impact of scientific and scholarly research during the seventh annual Open Access Week taking place from October 20-26, 2014.

This year’s theme of “Generation Open” highlights the important role that students and early career researchers play as advocates for change, both in the short-term through institutional and governmental policy, and also as the future of the Academy upon whom the ultimate success of the Open Access movement depends. The theme will also explore how changes in scholarly publishing affect scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers. Continue reading »

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Oct 152014
 

openmedia[Open Media press release, Link, (CC-BY-NC-SA)]  Citizens from across the globe want balanced copyright rules that are shaped democratically, respect creators, and prioritize free expression. That’s the message of Our Digital Future: A Crowdsourced Agenda for Free Expression, a new report launched today by community-based OpenMedia. The overall consultation process took place over 2 years engaging 300,000 people from Australia to Vietnam. Continue reading »

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Pediatric HIV Treatment Initiative Aims to Promote the Development and Distribution of HIV/AIDS Medicines for Children

 Posted by on June 18, 2014  Comments Off on Pediatric HIV Treatment Initiative Aims to Promote the Development and Distribution of HIV/AIDS Medicines for Children
Jun 182014
 

medicines patent poolThe Pediatric HIV Treatment Initiative was launched today at an event on Capitol Hill. The initiative plans to foster the development, manufacture, and distribution of pediatric formulations of antiretroviral therapies for the treatment of HIV/AIDS. It will draw on the Medicines Patent Pool’s existing relationships to obtain the necessary intellectual property rights and production know-how from branded firms, and transfer the technology to generic firms. It then plans to coordinate large-scale purchases to ensure the medicines get to children in need. The Pediatric HIV Treatment Initiative is a joint project of the Medicines Patent Pool, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, and UNITAID. Continue reading »

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Launch of the Open Policy Network

 Posted by on May 19, 2014  Comments Off on Launch of the Open Policy Network
May 192014
 

opn[Timothy Vollmer, Open Policy Network, Link, (CC-BY)]  Today we’re excited to announce the launch of the Open Policy Network. The Open Policy Network, or OPN for short, is a coalition of organizations and individuals working to support the creation, adoption, and implementation of policies that require that publicly funded resources are openly licensed resources. The website of the Open Policy Network is http://openpolicynetwork.org Continue reading »

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): A Civil Society Response to the Big Pharma Wish List

 Posted by on March 24, 2014  Comments Off on The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): A Civil Society Response to the Big Pharma Wish List
Mar 242014
 

US-EUExcerpt from a joint position paper by the Commons Network, Medicines in Europe Forum, International Society of Drugs Bulletins, Health Action International Europe, UAEM Europe, and Salud Por Derecho. The full paper is posted here, under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY).

…The industry wish list includes several proposals to achieve strengthened intellectual property rules: Continue reading »

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Broad coalition to TPP governments: Pull provisions that restrict access to knowledge and open innovation

 Posted by on November 21, 2013  Comments Off on Broad coalition to TPP governments: Pull provisions that restrict access to knowledge and open innovation
Nov 212013
 

fairdealbadge[Fair Deal Coalition, Link (CC-BY-SA)]  Today the Fair Deal Coalition has called on Governments involved in the TPP negotiations to reject copyright proposals that would limit the open Internet, access to knowledge, and curtail economic opportunity.

The Coalition, made up of Internet users, schools, universities, artists, libraries and archives, the visually-impaired, consumers, information technology firms and Internet businesses, has written an open letter to the Governments involved in the negotiations following the leaking of the  chapter of the TPP relating to IP and copyright. Continue reading »

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