Indian Supreme Court Says No to Bayer, Upholds Compulsory License on Nexavar
[Lawyers Collective] In a momentous decision that would have wide-ranging implication for access to medicines, the Supreme Court of India refused to entertain Bayer’s appeal to set aside the compulsory license (CL) on Sorafenib (Nexavar). The Supreme Court’s dismissal of Bayer’s Special Leave Petition against the Bombay High Court’s decision upholding of the CL concludes the legal proceedings on the first ever CL issued in India. Click here for more.
See also: Statement by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on the Out-of-Cycle Review of India Link.
Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use of Orphan Works for Libraries & Archives
[PIJIP] The American University Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, AU’s Center for Media & Social Impact, and the Berkeley Digital Library Copyright Project have released the Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use of Orphan Works for Libraries & Archives. Over 150 librarians, archivists and other memory institution professionals have contributed to the development of this Statement, which provides clear and easy to understand guidance for memory institutions that seek to provide digital preservation and access to collections containing copyrighted, orphan works under the doctrine of fair use. Click here for more.
¿Regresa #leylleras? Construyamos juntos las recomendaciones que queremos hacerle
[Fundacion Karisma] ¿Se acuerdan de la Ley Lleras 1, la que abordaba el tema de los “puertos seguros” para limitar la responsabilidad de los proveedores de servicio y que fue archivada en 2011? Como la reforma al derecho de autor en Colombia es obligación del TLC, la Ley Lleras 1 debe volver en algún momento al Congreso. No nos hemos olvidado, de hecho hemos estado trabajando en ello y pensando en estrategias para que participemos en el debate. Click here for more.
EFF Joins Dozens of Groups in Call for Transparency in Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks
[EFF] The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has joined dozens of civil society groups from around the world in calling for the release of the secret text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—a massive proposed trade agreement that could quash digital rights for Internet users everywhere in the name of intellectual property protection. Click here for more.
Assessing the Impact of Alternative Patent Systems on the Cost of Health Care: The TPPA and HIV Treatment in Vietnam
[Hazel V. J. Moir, Brigitte Tenni, Deborah Gleeson, and Ruth Lopert] Abstract: In the Trans Pacific partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations, the United States has proposed expanded patent protections that will likely impact the affordability of medicines in TPPA partners. This includes antiretroviral (ARV) medicines used in the treatment of HIV/AIDS. Click here for more.
WIPO Members Conclude Year Positively With Copyright Committee, Despite No Changes To Text
[Catherine Saez] The World Intellectual Property Organization’s last committee meeting of the year finished on an amiable note last week. The committee on copyright did not advance on text drafting but, according to the chair and a number of delegations, the weeklong meeting was an opportunity for extensive discussions on substance, the best in a long time. The WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) met from 8-12 December. Click here for more on IP Watch.
The “Road to Dignity by 2030″ Includes Access to Information and an Open Internet
[International Federation of Library Associations] Access to information…Intellectual Property reform…access to open data…affordable access to ICTs. These are some of the important issues IFLA and those of us in the greater library and information community are grappling with in a variety of ways. IFLA has been working with the international library community—as well as civil society and member states—to develop its position and help ensure that crucial elements such as access to information are included in the UN post-2015 Development Agenda. Throughout this process, it is important that libraries are seen as being part of the conversation. Click here for more.