[Ip-health] Infojustice Roundup - November 7, 2011

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Nov 7 14:33:03 PST 2011

Infojustice Roundup
Intellectual Property and the Public Interest


UNESCO and the Commonwealth of Learning Publish Guidelines for Open
Educational Resources


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and
the Commonwealth of Learning have published guidelines on Open
Educational Resources.  Its purpose is to "encourage decision makers in
governments and institutions to invest in the systematic production,
adaptation and use of OER and to bring them into the mainstream of
higher education in order to improve the quality of curricula and
teaching and to reduce costs."  The report contains guidelines for
governments, higher education institutions, academic staff, students,
and accreditation bodies. Click here for more.


IIPA Publishes Report on the Economic Contribution of "Copyright


"Copyright Industries in the U.S. Economy: The 2011 Report," written by
Stephen Siwek and published by the International Intellectual Property
Association, was released on November 2 at an event sponsored by the
Congressional Anti-Piracy Caucus.  The report finds that U.S. industries
"reliant on copyright protection" in 2010 produced 6.4% of the nation's
GDP, employed nearly 5% of the private sector workforce, paid wages 27%
higher than those in other industries, and exported or sold abroad goods
valued at $134 billion.  This is the 13th IIPA study on the contribution
of copyright industries in the U.S., and the fourth that uses a WIPO
methodology for measuring the contribution.  Earlier this year, the
Computer and Communications Industry Association published a report that
uses the WIPO methodology to measure the economic impact of "U.S.
industries that rely on fair use."  Click here for more.


New Zealand Opposes U.S. Proposal for Pharmaceutical Provisions in the


New Zealand is opposing pharmaceutical provisions the Trans Pacific
Partnership tabled by the United States, which would require governments
to "appropriately recognize the value of the patented or generic
pharmaceutical products or medical devices" when setting reimbursement
rates.  According to Inside U.S. Trade, New Zealand has said the
provisions are unacceptable unless the United States agrees to apply
them on a reciprocal basis - but the language tabled by the United
States attempts to carve out state and local healthcare programs
(notably Medicaid and the "340B" program, which serve low income
Americans). Click here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/6039> 


Bridges:  ACTA Faces Criticism at WTO and in the United States


A recent story in Bridges Weekly Trade News Digest notes that ACTA still
faces criticism in a variety of forums.  It was criticized by India and
China at the most recent meeting of the WTO Council for Trade Related
Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights - the Indian delegate warned
that it risks "completely upset[ting] the balance of rights and
obligations of the TRIPS Agreement."  It has faced warnings from U.S.
patent officials that it could clash with the recently passed healthcare
reform bill: "At issue are provisions in the US healthcare reform and in
other US patent laws that limit damages and injunctions for patent
infringement in certain cases, such as in the context of developing
generic drugs or performing surgery."  In Europe, Parliamentarians are
asking about its consistency with EU law.  Click here for the story on
ictsd.org. <http://ictsd.org/i/news/bridgesweekly/92888/> 


European Parliament Releases International Trade Committee Minutes on


In response to repeated inquiries from the Foundation for a Free
Internet Infrastructure (FFII) and MEP Carl Schlyter, the European
Parliament has released the minutes of International Trade Committee
meetings on ACTA, in which the committee asked the EU legal service for
a decision on the legality of the agreement.  Previously, the European
Parliament had denied that the minutes existed.  According to the FFII
blog, "The minutes document illegal decisions. On 21 June 2011, the
coordinators of the INTA committee decided to ask the Parliament's legal
service an opinion on ACTA. (pdf) This decision was illegal for two
reasons. First, the ACTA text had already been published, the discussion
should have taken place in public. Second, coordinators can prepare
decisions, not take them." Click here for the blog on ffii.org.


Events and Deadlines


*         Nov 8 - The Economics of Intellectual Property: Licensing
Negotiations by Standard Setting (WIPO)

*         Nov 9-10 - Berlin 9 Open Access Conference:  The Impact of
Open Access on Research and Scholarship

*         Nov 14 - Doha Plus 10, Geneva, KEI

*         Nov 14-18 - Committee on Development and Intellectual Property
(WIPO) <http://wipo.int/portal/en/events/2011/article_0024.html> 

*         Nov 16 - House Judiciary Committee Hearing on the Stop Online
Piracy Act <http://judiciary.house.gov/news/HR%203261%20Introduced.html>

*         Nov 18 - Intellectual Property Rights and the Global Civil
Society Reform Project: What's Next? London School of Economics and
Political Science

*         Nov 19-20 - Socially Responsible Licensing: Achieving Social
Equity through Voluntary Licensing.  Hosted by Boston University and
Warwick University.

*         Nov 21- Dec 2 - Standing Committee on Copyright and Related
Rights (WIPO) <http://wipo.int/portal/en/events/2011/article_0025.html>

*         Nov 30- Dec 1 - Advisory Committee on Enforcement (WIPO)





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