[Ip-health] Infojustice Roundup - January 27, 2014

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Jan 27 09:36:27 PST 2014

Infojustice Roundup


Call for Papers - Special Issue of the African Journal for Science,
Technology, Innovation and Development


[Burcu Kilic] We invite participants of the combined 3rd Global Congress
on IP and the Public Interest and Open A.I.R. Conference on Innovation
and IP in Africa to submit their papers for a special issue of the
African Journal for Science, Technology, Innovation and Development. The
best papers presented and submitted at the Open A.I.R. Conference and
Global Congress will be reviewed, and may be selected for publication.
Click here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/32010> 


Make Copyright Compatible with the UN International Covenant on
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights


[Ante Wessels] This note argues that copyright law has to be made
compatible with the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and
Cultural Rights (ICESCR). This note limits itself to three ICESCR rights
relevant for the digital environment: access to knowledge, access to
culture and authors' rights. The first section introduces the ICESCR.
The second section distinguishes intellectual property rights and ICESCR
rights. It discusses how to deal with conflicts within the ICESCR
system. It argues that copyright law needs exceptions for underserved
markets and remix artists, and that it is questionable whether after
life duration of copyright is compatible with the ICESCR. The third
section discusses the right to enjoy intellectual property and concludes
that the right to enjoy intellectual property does not change the
conclusion that copyright law needs the aforementioned exceptions. Click
here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/32035> 


Mexican Economy Minister on TPP Provisions on Copyright Term,
Camcording, and Notice-and-Takedown


[Mike Palmedo] Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo gave a
briefing in Mexico City about the state of the TPP negotiations, which
he said may be completed by the end of April.  He said that the
Singapore Ministerial helped move the negotiations along, with potential
compromises on sensitive topics identified (though not finalized).  Of
interest to infojustice readers, he also described the state of play on
some particular items in the intellectual property chapter. Click here
for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/32001> 


Patents: Reform or Lose 


[Lotti Rutter]  Achieving the National Strategic Plan (NSP) objectives
depends on the effective use of the national health budget. But is there
sufficient emphasis on value for money in the health sector at a time
when South Africa is struggling to meet its targets of placing 80% of
eligible patients on ART and reducing TB deaths by 50%? Or is money
being wasted lining the pockets of the pharmaceutical industry that
manipulates the system to make ever-increasing levels of profit? Click
here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/32028> 


South African D.G. of Health, Doctors Challenge Pharma Lobbying Plans


[Universities Allies for Essential Medicines] In a meeting with
Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), South African
Director General of Health Malebona Precious Matsoso strongly criticized
a leaked proposal by the pharmaceutical industry lobby to undermine
access to medicines in South Africa. Click here for more.


WHO Chief: No Government Should Be Intimidated For Doing "Right Thing"
In Public Health 


[Catherine Saez] Discussions on access to essential medicines yesterday
at the World Health Organization were in some ways overshadowed by the
recent leak of a global pharmaceutical campaign aimed at derailing
efforts by the South African government to revise its intellectual
property policy. WHO Director General Margaret Chan strongly supported
South Africa, as did several developing countries, while developed
countries remained silent on the subject. Click here for the full story
on IP Watch.


EU High Court: Circumvention of Technological Prevention Measures Not
Always Illegal


[Mike Palmedo] Last week, the Court of Justice of the European Union
ruled that the circumvention of technological protection measures is not
illegal in all cases; in order for the circumvention to be illegal, it
must be done for the purpose of infringement. The CJEU press release
notes that the EU directive requires Members to provide protection
against circumvention of technological prevention measures, but states
that: "The directive is designed only to protect the copyright holder
against acts which require his authorisation." Click here for more.


Japan Aims to Start IP Negotiations in the ASEAN-Centered Regional
Comprehensive Economic Partnership


[Mike Palmedo] The third round of negotiations of the Regional
Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are underway this week in
Kuala Lumpur. RCEP is a proposed trade agreement involving the ten ASEAN
member states and six additional countries that have standing trade
agreements with them. The Jiji Press reports that "the Japanese
government is expected to ask other countries to convene specialized
task forces for intellectual property right protections and other
domains and to call for the start of full-blown talks on these areas."
Click here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/32024> 


Two upcoming deadlines for participation in IP policy debates


*         February 5 - Public Consultation on the review of the EU
copyright rules (Link
index_en.htm> )

*         February 7 - Comments or requests to testify at a hearing for
the US Special 301 review (Link
<http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USTR_FRDOC_0001-0287> )






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