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Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Tue Mar 15 08:20:37 PDT 2016

Infojustice Roundup


New Zealand Consultation on TPP Intellectual Property Implementation

[Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment] On 9 March 2016, the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs announced the release of a consultation document that seeks feedback on how the Government proposes to implement the intellectual property changes required to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. The consultation document focuses on those areas where New Zealand has some flexibility in how it implements its TPP intellectual property obligations. Click here for more.<http://infojustice.org/archives/35834>

TPP in Intellectual Property, Transparency, and Investment Chapters Threaten Access to Medicines in the US and Elsewhere

[Brook Baker] A new Pacific-Rim trade agreement threatens future access to affordable medicines in the United States and abroad. Buried in 6,000-plus pages of text, annexes, and side letters, there are multiple provisions¡ªcomplex in their articulation, but simple in their effect: they dramatically increase monopoly protections for the transnational originator pharmaceutical industry. Click here for more.<http://infojustice.org/archives/35842>

MSF Responds to Media Reports on Indian Government¡¯s Verbal Assurance to US Groups to Discontinue the Use of Compulsory Licence

M¨¦decins Sans Fronti¨¨res (MSF) is deeply concerned about the recent revelations in the media that a US industry lobby group ¨C the US India Business Council (USIBC) and US Chamber of Commerce ¨C has received verbal, private assurances from Indian officials that it will not use ¡®compulsory licensing¡¯ (CL) for commercial purposes. The statements are part of USIBC¡¯s submission to USTR¡¯s (US Trade Representative) annual Special 301 report. Click here for more.<https://www.msfaccess.org/about-us/media-room/press-releases/msf-responds-media-reports-indian-government%E2%80%99s-verbal-assurance-u>

Harmony and Disharmony in International Patent Law

[Colleen Chien] Abstract: One of the purposes of the Trans©\Pacific Partnership (TPP) is to harmonize standards and create a uniform climate for trade and investment. As lawmakers deliberate the terms of the deal, they must consider what the long©\term impact of agreeing to its sweeping provisions will be. As they do so, they should keep in mind that the gaps between the agreed©\upon principles and local implementation, and the differences between local implementation ¨C some of them by design ¨C are often quite great. Drawing upon the existing literature, this short essay provides a survey of the extent of harmony and disharmony in the 20 years that have passed since ratification of the TRIPS agreement, with a focus on its patent provisions. Click here for more.<http://infojustice.org/archives/35845>

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