[Ip-health] Infojustice Roundup - July 1, 2013

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Jul 1 08:29:43 PDT 2013

Infojustice Roundup 


WIPO Treaty concluded for visually impaired to access published works


[K.M. Gopakumar] Major breakthrough negotiations on an International
Treaty for Visually Impaired Persons/Persons with Print Disability
concluded late night on 25 June. The Treaty creates a legal obligation
on the part of the Contracting Party to provide an exception or
limitation in its national copyrights law on the right of reproduction,
the right of distribution, and the right of making available to the
public, to facilitate availability of the works in accessible format
copies. The Treaty covers persons with blindness, visual impairment,
reading disability or any other physical disability which prevents them
from holding or manipulating a book or to focus or move their eyes in
the normal speed. Click here for more.


Other statements by:

-          World Intellectual Property Organization

-          World Blind Union

-          Knowledge Ecology International

-          Centre for Internet and Society

-          Electronic Information for Libraries


Congressional Hearing on India's Industrial Policy Centers on
Pharmaceutical Patents


[Mike Palmedo] Last week the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing,
and Trade of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing
on the topic: "A Tangle of Trade Barriers: How India's Industrial Policy
is Hurting U.S. Companies."  Much of the hearing focused on intellectual
property and pharmaceuticals, though other issues such as SOEs and
subsides to local solar power firms were also discussed.  All of the
Committee Members who asked about IP - with the exception Henry Waxman -
seemed to accept as a matter of fact that India's use of compulsory
licenses and restriction on patentability were a barrier to trade and a
possible trade violation. Click here for more.


Also: Peter Maybarduk: Washington's Anti-India Push and Public Citizen's
Response <http://infojustice.org/archives/30049> 


WIPO Treaty for the Blind Shows that Transparency Can Work (and is


[Sean Flynn] Last week it was announced that negotiators had reached
"miracle" conclusion for a new international treaty for the visually
impaired. This agreement was reached under conditions of unprecedented
(although not always perfect) transparency and public participation. And
according to initial stakeholder opinions voiced from across the
spectrum - the end outcome is nearly universally considered to be
"balanced" - a key objective of modern intellectual property policy. The
process and substantive outcome lies in sharp contrast to the conditions
of intense secrecy that surrounded the last multilateral agreement on IP
to be concluded - the much maligned ACTA, as well as the most important
one currently ongoing - the Trans Pacific Partnership... And thus it is
an appropriate time to question what international IP negotiators in the
TPP and elsewhere should learn from the success of WIPO and the failure
of ACTA.  Click here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/30027> 


NGOs Condemn the EU Press Release on TRIPS Extension for Least Developed


[Joint Statement by 26 NGOs] On 11th June 2013, the WTO TRIPS Council
took a decision to extend for a further 8 years, the flexibility of
least developed country (LDC) Members under Article 66.1 to not apply
the provisions of the TRIPS Agreement except for Articles 3, 4 and 5
(which concern national treatment and most-favored nation treatment).
This decision was taken in response to the "duly motivated request"
submitted by Haiti on behalf of the LDC Group last November, seeking an
unconditional extension for as long as a WTO Member remains a LDC. This
decision was a compromise deal as the EU and US exerted intense pressure
on the LDCs to accept conditionalities that are not in favour of the
people in the LDCs. The European Union in its press release on 11 June
2013, welcomes the TRIPS Council Decision, but it also makes several
inaccurate and misleading statements. Click here for more.


UN Economic And Social Council To Address IP's Role In Innovation,


[Kelly Burke] The annual four-week session of the United Nations
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), a key coordinating body
responsible for 70 per cent of spending across the UN system, opens next
week with high-level political figures addressing intellectual property
rights and innovation. On 1 July, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon along
with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Director General
Francis Gurry will speak on the latest Global Innovation Index, which
will be issued earlier that morning by WIPO. Several discussions and
panels planned for the first week will examine intellectual property's
role in development goals, innovation, and technology. Click here for
the full story in IP-Watch.


Malaysia Publishes Trans Pacific Partnership Brief Highlighting IPR


[Mike Palmedo] The Malaysian Ministry of International Trade and
Industry has published a brief outlining how it views the current state
of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.  It believes that
14 of the 29 chapters of the agreement, It considers the negotiation of
14 of the 29 chapters to be "substantially closed."  On the other hand,
it says that negotiations in the areas of intellectual property, state
owned enterprises, labor, and environment are "difficult. For these
sensitive issues, options that have been put forth have been
"watered-down commitments; longer transition periods for implementation;
limiting commitments through the Non-Conforming Lists; and absolute
carve-outs."  The brief signals that Malaysia would be willing to
consider other options to move forward as well. Click here for more.




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