[Ip-health] Infojustice Roundup - June 4, 2012

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Jun 4 14:52:52 PDT 2012

Infojustice Roundup - June 4, 2012
Intellectual Property and the Public Interest


Open Access Petition Reaches 25,000 Signatures


The online petition urging President Obama "to act now to implement open
access policies for all federal agencies that fund scientific research"
has generated over 25,000 signatures.  All petitions on wethepeople.gov
that generate over 25,000 signatures receive a response from the White
House.  The petition will remain open for signature until July 19 at


Open Access Textbook Legislation Advances in California


The California Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill (SB 1053) that would
create adigital library of openly available textbooks, and would allow
students to buy hard copies for $20.  The textbooks will be published
under Creative Commons licenses, allowing faculty to update them as
necessary, and to tailor them to fit their courses. A companion bill,
(SB 1052) creates guidelines for the creation of the texts as open
educational resources. Click here for more.


UNDP, UNAIDS Briefing Paper Warns Against TRIPS-Plus Provisions in FTAs


The UN Development Programme and UNAIDS released a joint policy brief
this week at workshop on the "Use of TRIPS Flexibilities and Access to
Affordable ARVs in Asia."  The paper notes that the use of TRIPS
flexibilities has expanded the number of people receiving antiretroviral
therapy from 300,000 in 2002 to over 6.6 million in 2010.  It warns that
FTA provisions that broaden patentability, restrict patent oppositions,
extend patent duration, require data exclusivity, require
patent-registration linkage, and enhance IP enforcement all limit the
use of these flexibilities.  Therefore, these TRIPS-Plus provisions "may
adversely impact medicine prices and consequently, access to treatment."
Click here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/26281> 


Three Committees of the European Parliament Vote Against ACTA


On May 31, three committees of the European Parliament voted to
recommend the rejection of ACTA by the full Parliament - the Committee
Civil Liberties (LIBE), Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) and the
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).   On June 21, it will
go before the fifth and final Committee on International Trade (INTA).
22 European countries have signed ACTA, but the agreement must be
approved by the full Parliament in order to take effect.  The vote by
the full Parliament is scheduled for July 3. Click here for more.


International Development Committee of EU Parliament Votes Against ACTA


Today, the Committee on International Development held a vote on ACTA
and recommended its rejection by a large majority.  The committee
believed that passage of the agreement would negatively affect the
health of people in developing countries.  Click here for more.


USTR Announces July Round of TPP Negotiations


[from the USTR website] "The next negotiating round of the Trans-Pacific
Partnership will take place in San Diego, California from July 2-10,
2012. USTR will be hosting a Direct Stakeholder Engagement event on
Monday, July 2, 2012. This event will provide stakeholders the
opportunity to speak directly and one-on-one with negotiators, raise
questions, and share their views. We tried this format at the last round
in Dallas, and most stakeholders expressed their preference for this
one-on-one engagement. Some stakeholders said they would like the
opportunity to make presentations to negotiators as in earlier
negotiating rounds and we will accommodate these requests. In addition,
there will be a stakeholder briefing on July 3." Click here for more.


More information about the Ip-health mailing list