[Ip-health] Infojustice Roundup - August 12, 2013

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Aug 12 13:39:42 PDT 2013

Infojustice Roundup 


Registration Open for the 3rd Global Congress on IP & the Public
Interest, Cape Town, December 9-13


[Global Congress/Open Air, Link] 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. These concurrent events are being
convened at the historic Breakwater Lodge conference centre in Cape
Town's Waterfront district. Click here for more.


Announcing the Launch of Creative Commons-U.S.


[Michael Carroll] American University Washington College of Law's
Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property is proud to
announce that it is the new home of Creative Commons United States (CC
US). CC US is the U.S. volunteer affiliate in the Creative Commons
Affiliate Network. Join us on October 17, 2013 for the CC US launch
party from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Institution for Science in
Washington, D.C.  Click here for more.


Economic and Political Weekly: "The Glivec Precedent"


[Dwijen Rangnekar] I write to share news about a set of articles that
critically evaluate the recent Supreme Court of India's decision on the
patentability of Glivec - the Novartis anti-cancer drug. The ruling that
finds Glivec foul of the standards under India's patent laws - in
particular section 3(d) that concerns with ever-greening - is a
particularly important judgment on, among other things, the residual
space to interpret TRIPS. The latest issue of Economic and Political
Weekly has a set of short pieces that evaluate the judgment and the
wider context to this case - and the long-standing struggle in the South
for a humanitarian patent regime. Click here for more


South Africa's Department of Trade & Industry Delay Patent Llaw Reform,
While Local Drug Prices Remain Excessive


[TAC/MSF Joint Press Release] The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) today delivered a memorandum to the
Department of Trade and Industry (dti) at the National Workshop on
Intellectual Property and Public Health in Pretoria, outlining needed
reforms to South Africa's patent laws in order to expand access to more
affordable drugs. The country's current patent laws can delay the
introduction of generic medicines in South Africa, limiting access for
patients to more affordable treatment. Unless specific changes are
incorporated into an anticipated draft intellectual property (IP) policy
from the dti, South Africans will continue to pay unbearably high prices
for medicines, even when lower-cost generic alternatives are available
elsewhere. Click here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/30415> 


Campaign for Affordable Trastuzumab Welcomes the Dismissal of
Trastuzumab's Divisional Patent Applications


[Press release] The Campaign for Affordable Trastuzumab welcomes the
decision of the Patent Controller, Kolkata, to dismiss the divisional
applications for patents on Trastuzumab (Herceptin), the life-saving
breast cancer drug controlled by Swiss pharma major Roche. Faced with
misleading statements by Roche and factually incorrect reporting by the
international media, the Kolkata Patent Office took the unusual step of
explaining its stand in a press release issued last evening. The note
clarifies that the divisional applications (filed in 2005 and 2008) were
dismissed because Genentech/Roche missed the stipulated deadline for
filing of applications, and failed to appear and make their case when
requested to do so by the Patent Controller. Click here for more.


Library Copyright Alliance User Guide to the Marrakesh Treaty


[Jonathan Band] On June 27, 2013, a Diplomatic Conference of the World
Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) held in Marrakesh, Morocco
adopted the "Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works
for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print
Disabled." The Treaty is intended to promote the making and distribution
of copies of books and other published materials in formats accessible
to people with print disabilities. The Treaty would achieve this
objective by obligating signatory countries (referred to as Contracting
Parties) to adopt exceptions in their copyright laws that permit the
making of copies in accessible formats as well as the distribution of
those copies both domestically and internationally.  Click here for
more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/30401> 




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