[Ip-health] SCP20: Opening statement of the European Union at WIPO's Standing Committee on the Law of Patents, 27 January 2014

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Mon Jan 27 06:30:23 PST 2014

On 27 January 2014, Greece, on behalf of the European Union, delivered this
opening statement at the 20th session of WIPO Standing Committee on the Law
of Patents (SCP). The EU's priorities for WIPO's patent committee include
quality of patents (including opposition systems), work sharing and
confidentiality of communication between client and their patent advisors.

With respect to limitations and exceptions to patent rights, the EU said,

we emphasize the utmost importance of striking an appropriate balance
between work on exceptions and limitations to patent rights and on
corresponding legal standards used to determine whether an invention is
patentable, as these two topics are closely interlinked.

With respect to patents and health, the EU said,

any possible future initiative of the Committee in this area should be
carefully considered in light of the great incentive the patent system can
provide to innovation in order to address the evolving global disease
burden, and other health challenges.

For the full text of the EU's intervention, please see:


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