[A2k] Infojustice Roundup - May 12, 2014

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon May 12 10:54:32 PDT 2014

Infojustice Roundup 


Joint Media Release: EU Rejects International Solution to Library and
Archive Copyright Problems


[10 Library and Archivist Associations] Discussions by the World
Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Standing Committee on
Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR) broke down in the early hours of
Saturday morning 3 May, after the European Union (EU) attempted to block
future discussion of copyright laws to aid libraries and archives
fulfill their missions in the digital environment. Click here for more.


Department of Homeland Security IP Seizure Statistics Reveal Misplaced
Priorities or Misrepresentation


[Jonathan Band] The Administration's 2013 Joint Strategic Plan on
Intellectual Property Enforcement identifies "protection of public
health and safety" as one of its "primary concerns." A press release
issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on March 24, 2014,
concerning its intellectual property seizures in fiscal year 2013
suggests that its IP enforcement efforts are largely targeted at
preventing the importation of counterfeit products that threaten health
and safety. The actual statistics, however, reveal a somewhat different
story: that DHS is either exaggerating the danger posed by counterfeit
goods to health and safety, or it is not taking that danger seriously
enough. Click here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/32700> 


Letter to USTR from Eleven U.S. Civil Society Groups on Pharmaceuticals
and the TPP


The following excerpt is taken from a letter sent to USTR Michael Froman
by AARP, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, the Alliance for a Just Society, Alliance for
Retired Americans, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc., Center on Budget
and Policy Priorities, Consumers Union, Medicare Rights Center, National
Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and the National
Senior Citizens Law Center. Most of the letter discusses the medicines
pricing provisions outside of the IP chapter.  The section dealing with
TPP and pharmaceutical patents is excerpted below. Click here for more.


Eli Lilly's NAFTA Dispute Against Canadian Patent Ruling Affecting Other
Trade Negotiations


[Mike Palmedo] Eli Lilly's challenge of Canadian judicial decisions
under NAFTA's Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is leading to
concerns about ISDS in other trade negotiations... Today, over 270
health professionals in New Zealand wrote Prime Minister John Key,
warning that the Trans Pacific Partnership "threatens the future of
health in NZ, by elevating 'investor rights' of transnational
corporations over the right of the New Zealand people to develop, adapt
or improve domestic regulatory policies according to changing health
needs." ... Last week, Canada and the European Union had hoped to
finalize their Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which
they have been negotiating since 2009, but failed to do so.  Click here
for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/32724> 

UNITAID and the Medicines Patent Pool release the new "Patents and
Licences on Antiretrovirals" publication


[Medicines Patent Pool]The report provides an overview of the patent and
licensing status of a select number of antiretroviral medicines in
developing countries. Focusing mainly on ARVs recommended by the World
Health Organization, the document analyses also data regarding new ARVs
that have either recently obtained regulatory approval or are in Phase
III clinical trials. Click here for more.


Aspen Doesn't Want You to Own Your Own Casebooks


[James Grimmelmann]  WoltersKluwer's Aspen imprint is a leading
publisher of law school casebooks. Over the years, it's built a
reputation for high editorial and design standards. Some of its
casebooks, like Property, by the late Jesse Dukeminier et al., are
perennially popular. I like to tell new Property professors that no one
ever got fired for assigning Dukeminier. Unfortunately, Aspen has chosen
to use Dukeminier's Property in launching a disturbing new program: the
"Connected Casebook. The official website isn't live yet, but law
professor Josh Blackman blogged about an email he received from Aspen
describing the program. My account follows his. Click here for more.



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