[A2k] Infojustice Roundup - August 5, 2013

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Aug 5 09:59:43 PDT 2013

Infojustice Roundup


Registration Open for the 3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public


[Global Congress/Open Air]  In December 2013, delegates from national
and international governmental entities, the private sector, civil
society and academia will gather for five days of interconnected events
in Cape Town, South Africa. Hosted by the University of Cape Town (UCT),
participants will engage with diverse perspectives and future scenarios
for intellectual property (IP), innovation and development during the
combined 3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest and Open
A.I.R. Conference on Innovation and IP in Africa, running from 9 to 13
December 2013 in Cape Town. Click here for more.


Medicines Patent Pool and Roche Sign HIV Medicines Agreement 


[MPP Press Release]  The Medicines Patent Pool and Roche today announce
an agreement to increase access in developing countries to
valganciclovir, a key easy-to-take oral medicine to treat
cytomegalovirus (CMV), a viral infection that can cause blindness in
people living with HIV. The agreement, available here [pdf], will
significantly improve access to Roche's valganciclovir for people living
with HIV in 138 developing countries by making it up to 90% cheaper than
current prices. As a second step, the Medicines Patent Pool and Roche
will also enter into licensing and technology transfer negotiations to
encourage the development of internationally approved quality generic
versions of valganciclovir. Click here for more.


Towards a New Italian Regulation on Online Copyright Enforcement


[Marco Bellezza]  Thursday, July 25th, the Italian Communication
Authority ("AGCOM") issued a new draft regulation ... which, among other
measures provides for new administrative procedures before the AGCOM for
the notice and takedown of online content which infringe copyright...
>From a preliminary analysis of the Regulation, despite what was declared
by AGCOM's members in the last months, the Regulation appears unbalanced
in favor of the enforcement measures. The measures aimed at fostering
the legal offer of digital works to fight online piracy are weak and
likely will be ineffective. Click here for more.


Congressional Research Service on Transatlantic Trade and Investment
Partnership: IPR Negotiations May Be Tough


[Mike Palmedo] The Congressional Research Service has released a report
on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in which it
discusses "selected key TTIP negotiating issues." It predicts that
regulatory talks will be among the most difficult topics for
negotiators, stating that "there is debate about whether a comprehensive
agreement on regulatory issues can be reached." The report suggests that
negotiations over "Rules" topics such as intellectual property and
investment may be easier overall, but that within them "debates about
certain rules may become more prominent." Click here for more.


Engineered in India - Patent Law 2.0


[Excerpt from article by Amy Kapczynski in the New England Journal of
Medicine]  India is known as the "pharmacy of the developing world,"
because it supplies much of the world's demand for affordable, generic
drugs. So when the Supreme Court of India issued a landmark ruling in
April adopting a strict interpretation of the country's new patent law,
advocates for global access to medicines celebrated. In fact, the
decision in Novartis v. Union of India & Others provides an important
model for other countries around the world - a step toward a "patent law
2.0" that not only helps to ensure access to medicines but might also
help better align pharmaceutical innovation with public health needs.
Click here for the full article on the NEJM website.


University of California adopts system-wide open access policy 


[Timothy Vollmer] Today the University of California (UC) Academic
Senate announced the adoption of a system-wide open access policy for
future research articles generated by UC faculty. The articles will be
made publicly available for free via UC's eScholarship repository.
According to the press release, the University of California open access
policy will cover 8,000 faculty who author approximately 40,000 articles
each year. Click here for more from Creative Commons.


USTR Overturns Ban of Apple Products Found to Infringe
Standards-Essential Patents


U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has overturned the
International Trade Commission (ITC) ban on certain models of iPads and
iPhones. The ITC had found that these particular models infringed
Standards-Essential Patents (SEPs), and had issued an order preventing
Apple from importing them. Froman's decision
oman-decision-regarding>  cites the public interest in interoperability
of products containing technologies protected by SEPs. News coverage


*         USA Today. Obama nixes ITC ban on sale of some Apple products

*         Korea Times. Obama overrules ITC's Apple ban

*         Bloomberg: iPhone Reprieve Seen Aiding Apple Sales, Hurting

*         Financial Times: Apple Import Veto Risks Undermining Patent
Protection Push <http://www.cnbc.com/id/100938107#_gus> 

*         Euronews: South Korea Voices Concern about Apple-Samsung


Malaysian Parliamentarian Seeks Legislative Oversight of the TPP
Negotiations; MITI Holds Public Consultation 


[Mike Palmedo] Nurul Izzah Anwar, Member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai
and Vice President of KEADILAN, has called for the creation of a
Parliamentary Select Committee on the Trans Pacific Partnership.  She
further stated that the agreement must be ratified by Parliament before
signing... Last week the Malaysian Ministry of International Trade and
Industry hold an open consultation session on the Trans-Pacific
Partnership Agreement, which approximately 1,000 people attended...
Burhan Irwan Cheong, lead IP negotiator for the Malaysian TPP
negotiating team, told participants that the intellectual property
chapter "is one of the largest and more complex chapters and we have a
lot of catching up to do to reach a state of consensus in the
negotiations, compared with other sections in the agreement." Click here
for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/30371> 




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