[Ip-health] Infojustice Roundup - July 26, 2016

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Tue Jul 26 09:07:24 PDT 2016

Infojustice Roundup

Intellectual Property and Access to Science

[Carlos Correa] Abstract: The boundaries between scientific and technological knowledge are nebulous in some technical fields, such as the biological sciences and their applications. This has led to the appropriation under patents of knowledge (such as on specific genes) of scientific nature, which may not only have negative effects for the further development of science and new technological contributions, but also encroach on the fundamental right of access to science. Click here for more.<http://infojustice.org/archives/36313>

Letter from 56 Non-profit Organizations and Academic Experts to Secretary Kerry Regarding State Department Pressure Against Access to Medicines Efforts

Dear Secretary Kerry: We are writing to express our concern about recent statements made by representatives of the State Department on issues regarding intellectual property (IP) and access to medicines in various settings, including proceedings in Colombia, several important United Nations fora, and in India. Click here for more.<http://infojustice.org/archives/36337>


South African Intellectual Property Consultative Framework

[South Africa Department of Trade and Industry] The National Development Plan (NDP) calls for greater emphasis on innovation, improved productivity, more intensive pursuit of a knowledge economy and better exploitation of comparative and competitive advantages. Intellectual property (IP) is an important policy instrument in promoting innovation, technology transfer, research and development (R&D), industrial development and more broadly - economic growth.  Click here for more.<http://infojustice.org/archives/36333>

Obama Gets "Big Thank You" from Big Pharma at 2016 International AIDS Conference

[STOP AIDS] At the 2016 International AIDS Conference held in Durban, South Africa, treatment access advocates presented a huge greeting card addressed to President Obama from Big Pharma to US Ambassador Patrick Gaspard, thanking the US government for "doing big pharma's bidding all over the world"...  They lavished praise on the Ambassador for the US pursuit of the interests of the pharmaceutical industry at the expense of access to affordable medicines, including pressuring India to curtail its legal generic medicine industry, and attacks on an initiative of the UN Secretary General to address access to medicine challenges. Click here for more.<http://infojustice.org/archives/36323>

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