[Ip-health] WIPO General Assembly 2021: General statement of Knowledge Ecology International

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Tue Oct 5 03:48:51 PDT 2021


https://www.keionline.org/36713

WIPO General Assembly 2021: General statement of Knowledge Ecology
International

Posted on October 5, 2021 by Thiru

On Tuesday, 5 October 2021, Knowledge Ecology International delivered the
following opening statement at the 2021 WIPO General Assembly.

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General Statement of Knowledge Ecology International – WIPO General Assembly

5 October 2021

The COVID pandemic illustrates flaws in the intellectual property system.
In a public health crisis, no company should have a monopoly of essential
inventions, data, biologic resources and manufacturing know-how needed for
countermeasures. Access to manufacturing know-how is particularly galling,
giving the shocking inequality of access to vaccines and drugs.

WIPO needs to explore how access to inventions, data, biologic resources
and manufacturing know-how can be treated as global public goods, while
providing robust incentives and rewards to developers of new products, and
recognizing the significant role of governments in funding R&D. To this
end, the SCP and the CDIP should discuss WIPO Report CDIP/14/INF/12 and
other work relating to the supply of public goods.

As regards the SCCR, KEI opposes any further work on a broadcast treaty,
given confusion over objectives of the treaty, and proposals to provide
effective perpetual rights to broadcasters for content that they do not
create, own or license.



-- 
Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International
41 22 791 6727
thiru at keionline.org


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