[Ip-health] Academics' Expert Letter on LDCs' TRIPS Extension Request

Mohga Kamal-Yanni mkamalyanni at Oxfam.org.uk
Mon Apr 22 20:06:32 PDT 2013

I wonder if the diverse groups that stood firm against ACTA will be 
interested to support the LDCs

Best wishes 
Mohga -
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From:   "Baker, Brook" <b.baker at neu.edu>
To:     IP-health listserve <ip-health at lists.keionline.org>
Date:   22/04/2013 16:05
Subject:        [Ip-health] Academics' Expert Letter on LDCs' TRIPS 
Extension       Request
Sent by:        "Ip-health" <ip-health-bounces at lists.keionline.org>

Several of us are soliciting signatures from legal and other academics 
around the world who focus on human rights, intellectual property, trade, 
and development and who are in favor of the request by WTO least developed 
country Members that they be granted an extension of the time period 
within which they must become compliant with the TRIPS Agreement.  WTO LDC 
Members were initially given an extension with respect to all TRIPS 
requirements except national and most favored nation treatment until 2006. 
 That transition period was further extended until June 30, 2013 in 2005 
(a separate extension was granted on pharmaceuticals only until 2016) but 
with some unfortunate conditions (beyond the unreasonably short term), 
such as a requirement that LDCs must keep their current level of IP 
protections, something that was not required by TRIPS Article 66.1.  The 
current request from LDC Members is for an unconditional extension of the 
transition period so long as an LDC Member is an!  LDC. 

It is hoped that a longer and unconditional extension permitting rollback 
of improvidently adopted IP standards will allow LDCs to build their 
technological base and improve limiting domestic capacities.  This request 
has received support from 350 civil society organizations, from some 
industry groups, from several multilateral organizations, and from many 
developing country members of the WTO.

We are seeking signatures beyond those who focus primarily on access to 
medicine, to academics who are also concerned about IP impacts in LDCs on 
access to information (especially IT, educational, and scientific 
resources), agricultural resources, green and climate control/mitigation 
technologies, and development more generally.  We already have 30 signers, 
including several leading international IP and trade experts.

We need help getting the letter distributed to a broader group of global 
academics, so would greatly appreciate your efforts in this regard.

There is some urgency since the US and EU are ramping up their pressure on 
LDCs to impose a short and highly conditionalized extension and the final 
TRIPS Council meeting will happen soon.  Therefore, we will be collecting 
signatures until April 26.  Please send your sign-ons to me: 
b.baker at neu.edu<mailto:b.baker at neu.edu>.

Professor Brook K. Baker

Health GAP (Global Access Project)
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