[Ip-health] Infojustice Roundup - March 30, 2015

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Mar 30 10:56:52 PDT 2015

Infojustice Roundup 


TPP Draft Investor-State Dispute Settlement Chapter Leaked


*         Wikileaks Press Release, including full text. Link.

*         Sean Flynn. Leaked TPP ISDS Chapter Threatens Intellectual
Property Limitations and Exceptions. Statement
<http://infojustice.org/archives/34184>  | Technical Note
<http://infojustice.org/archives/34189> .

*         Public Citizen. TPP Leak Reveals Extraordinary New Powers for
Thousands of Foreign Firms to Challenge U.S. Policies and Demand
Taxpayer Compensation. Link.

*         Ante Wessels.  TPP ISDS is rigged to advantage U.S.  Link.


India Posts Model Bilateral Investment Treaty Text for Review


[Leena Menghaney] India, like South Africa, is concerned about the
Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) it has signed in the past. India
has put out a draft its New Model text for BITs negotiations, Now posted
online here
the%20Indian%20Bilateral%20Investment%20Treaty.pdf> . The last date for
submission of comments is 10th April.


UNITAID Urges Support for 'Pharmaceuticals Exemption' for Least
Developed Countries


[UNITAID]]   UNITAID is concerned about the expiry of the
'pharmaceuticals exemption' for least-developed countries (LDCs) which
originates from the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public
Health.  Due to this exemption, least developed countries (LDCs) are not
obliged to grant or enforce patents and data protection for
pharmaceuticals. Click here for more.




EU Trade Secrets Directive Threat to Health, Environment, Free Speech
and Worker Mobility


[Civil society statement signed by 50 groups] We strongly oppose the
hasty push by the European Commission and Council for a new European
Union (EU) directive on trade secrets because it contains: An
unreasonably broad definition of "trade secrets" that enables almost
anything within a company to be deemed as such; Far-reaching legal
remedies for companies whose "trade secrets" have been "unlawfully
acquired, used or disclosed", including provisional and precautionary
measures, damages and secrecy rights throughout the judicial process;
and Inadequate safeguards that will not ensure that EU consumers,
journalists, whistleblowers, researchers and workers have reliable
access to important data that is in the public interest. The proposal
must be amended to ensure that only information acquired, disclosed or
used by third parties with intention of commercial gain is protected
under the directive. Click here for more.






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