[Ip-health] Infojustice Roundup - March 16, 2015

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Mar 16 12:14:17 PDT 2015

Infojustice Roundup  



US Ambassador Confirmed Patent Linkage Under Korea-US FTA Includes
Biologics - and US Seeks the Same in TPP


[Heesob Nam] One of the controversies in implementing the KorUS FTA is
whether biological products are subject to the patent linkage obligation
of the KorUS FTA. The debate was provoked by the Korean government's
proposal which applies the patent linkage to biologics. But it is
unclear if the FTA text imposes such an obligation. Click here for more.




UNITAID NGO Delegation Expresses Strong Support for LDC Pharmaceutical
Extension Request at WTO TRIPS Council


[Brook Baker] The NGO delegation to the Board of UNITAID offers its
strong support for the proposal of WTO least developed country Members
to extend the transition period for enforcing protections for
pharmaceutical related patents and clinical data "for as long as the WTO
member remains a least developed country."  The proposal, IP/C/W/605,
was offered by Bangladesh on behalf of LDCs at the 24-25 February 2015
meeting of the WTO TRIPS Council and will be taken forward at its next 1
June 2015 meeting.  Click here for more.




Copyright Policy and the Right to Science and Culture


[Theresa Hackett]  On 11 March 2015, the United Nations Special
Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights presented her report
'Copyright Policy and the Right to Science and Culture' at the 28th
session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The thematic report
examines copyright law and policy from the standpoint of the right to
science and culture, recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights (Article 27) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social
and Cultural Rights (Article 15), as well as in regional human rights
conventions and national constitutions. Click here for more.


Congressional Progressive Caucus - "Principles for Trade: A Model for
Global Progress"


Earlier this month the Progressive Congressional Caucused released
principles for guiding trade negotiations intended to "create a net
increase of good American jobs, spur more balanced trade between
partners, and improve governance, public health, and environmental
protections around the world."  The full Principles for Trade are here
(PDF).  The section titled "Secure Affordable Access to Essential
Medicines and Services" follows. Click here for more.






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