[Ip-health] [A2k] WTO TRIPS Council: Intervention of India on Article 66.2

Baker, Brook b.baker at neu.edu
Mon Oct 14 07:43:01 PDT 2013

The technology transfer discussed in Article 66.2 involves a soft-law directive to rich countries to adopt measures that promote transfer of know-how, technology, and technological production to developing countries.  This obligation has been honored in the breach.  

I think the technology transfer that Seth is concerned about is the transfer and commercialization of university and government sponsored research/innovation to commercial entities, especially without any reservation of rights and provisions that ensure affordable access to resulting innovations.

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From: Ip-health [ip-health-bounces at lists.keionline.org] on behalf of Seth Johnson [seth.p.johnson at gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, October 11, 2013 9:45 AM
To: Thiru Balasubramaniam
Cc: a2k discuss list; Ip-health at lists.keionline.org
Subject: Re: [Ip-health] [A2k] WTO TRIPS Council: Intervention of India on      Article 66.2

I suspect that I'm right, and India and other developing countries
should be leery of rationalizing this approach to things.

I think it's time for the A2K folks to take a new look at things with
reference to the World Summit for the Information Society, and how
telecom policy is developing.  You may be seeing more from me on this


On Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 9:38 AM, Seth Johnson <seth.p.johnson at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Thiru and list:
> Is this "technology transfer" like that for research at
> publicly-funded institutions?
> I'm seeing similar language in ITU resolutions -- plus signs that the
> idea is like the Bayh-Dole getup.
> If so, isn't it important for some countries to withstand the notion
> of privatizing publicly funded research?  We're seeing a lot of bad
> consequences of the erosion of the notion of "public fruits" that
> derives from Bayh-Dole in the US.
> Seth
> On Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 8:24 AM, Thiru Balasubramaniam
> <thiru at keionline.org> wrote:
>> http://keionline.org/node/1807
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