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In Geneva, IP And The Catholic Church Are A Match Made In Heaven

With his distinctive clerical garb, Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi stood out in a sea of coat and tie-wearing dignitaries at the recent General Assemblies of the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva. His presence is a glaring reminder to every stakeholder in the room that intellectual property, often associated with excessive and self-serving patent wars these days, has a place in the Catholic Church.

 

In an interview with Intellectual Property Watch at the sidelines of the assembly, Tomasi, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, said the church finds “human value” in intellectual property and, as it protects and promotes innovation and creativity, is good for humanity.

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Review Of WIPO Shipments To Iran, North Korea Issued

Review Of WIPO Shipments To Iran, North Korea Issued | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

An independent study of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s technical assistance to countries sanctioned by the United Nations was released today, and while it did not conclude whether WIPO violated UN protocol or whether there was any personal gain involved, it did raise questions as to how such behaviour could have been perpetuated from the early 2000s right up to this year.

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Hiv Medicines Alliance - If You Can’t Join ‘Em, Beat ‘Em: New Industry Effort A Jab At Patent Pool?

The HIV Medicines Alliance, a new pharmaceutical industry initiative aimed at improving access to HIV treatments in least-developed countries is raising questions as to how it will fit with the Medicines Patent Pool, an existing group with a similar mandate.

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China changes patent law in fight for cheaper drugs

China has overhauled parts of its intellectual property laws to allow its drug makers to make cheap copies of medicines still under patent protection in an initiative likely to unnerve foreign pharmaceutical companies...

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R&D Access to Medicines for Neglected Populations:Could a Treaty Address a Broken Pharmaceutical R&D System?

We discuss how an R&D treaty could complement and build on existing initiatives by addressing four areas where the system remains particularly weak: affordability, sustainable financing, efficiency in innovation, and equitable health-centered governance.


We argue that effective tools for global governance are required to generate medical R&D as a global public good, based on the understanding that a politically and financially sustainable system will require both fair contributions from all, and fair benefit-sharing for all.

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German Ministry Advises Developing Countries Not To Sign ACTA | Intellectual Property Watch

Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) advises developing countries against signing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, BMZ official Frank Schmiedchen said during a meeting of the Committee of Petitions of the German Parliament yesterday.

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Tanzania: fake drugs, wrong drugs, more drugs

Selling malaria medicines in Tanzania and elsewhere in Africa is a big business. The market is not one that is easily dominated by a few brands, although the Affordable Medicines Facility malaria (AMFm) would hope otherwise. It appears that volume of relatively low or lower cost malaria drugs is the path to profit, not sales of a pricey mega-drug....

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Survey on Stakeholder Perceptions of WIPO

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) seeks to deliver high quality services and fully engage with all its stakeholders.

In an effort to better understand your expectations and perceptions, as well as to evaluate and improve our external communications, we are carrying this perceptions survey....

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WHO Board Plan For Fake Medicines Mechanism Excludes Trade And IP

WHO Board Plan For Fake Medicines Mechanism Excludes Trade And IP | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The World Health Organization Executive Board this week agreed to propose to the May World Health Assembly the establishment of a mechanism for international collaboration on counterfeit and substandard medical products, but with the exclusion of trade and intellectual property issues.

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WHO Board Considers Reform, Director Re-Election, Key IP-Related Issues |

WHO Board Considers Reform, Director Re-Election, Key IP-Related Issues | | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The UN World Health Organization Executive Board opened its annual January meeting today with a substantive agenda of reform, election, and a variety of issues that touch on intellectual property rights, research and development and innovation.

 

And with the organization in reform and funding straits in a rapidly changing world, the director general stressed the agency’s steadfast approach and role in addressing the increasing global inequality between rich and poor.

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New Directions in International Intellectual Property - International IP and the Public Interest

New Directions in International Intellectual Property - International IP and the Public Interest | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

the field of international intellectual property is being shaped today at the intersection of two rival and conflicting agendas. The high protectionist (maximalist) agenda being pushed by the US and other wealthy countries. And the opposing “development agenda” being led by Brazil, India and other developing countries....

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Executive Course on Intellectual Property, Diplomacy and Global Public Health

Executive Course on Intellectual Property, Diplomacy and Global Public Health | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

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Intellectual property issues have come to play an increasingly important role in discussions of national and global health problems....

 

The course is a joint offering of the Graduate Institute’s Global Health Programme and the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology at Seton Hall Law School(Newark, NJ, USA).

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India’s patent law on trial

India’s patent law on trial | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

This month, two critical legal battles between multinational pharmaceutical companies and the Indian government are taking center stage in an ongoing struggle over India’s medicines patent law. The potential consequences could be dire for governments and people in developing countries that rely on affordable, quality generic medicines produced in India....

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Can I use this picture?

There are many reasons photographs shouldn’t see the light of day but I think the best way to summarize the photo usage criteria listed below is, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

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L'open source au service de l'humanitaire

L'open source au service de l'humanitaire | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Logiciel open source ou propriétaire ? Ce débat pourrait paraître réservé aux puristes, et bien loin des préoccupations des ONG. Et pourtant, l'utilisation de l'open source dans le domaine de l'humanitaire n'a rien d'anodin et a permis quelques avancées considérables ces dernières années.


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South Africa Hopes New Bill Brings Traditional Knowledge Protection | Intellectual Property Watch

The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill currently in the in-tray of South African President Jacob Zuma and awaiting a signature, holds the hope that it will finally pave the way for the protection of the country’s most famous red tea, Rooibos, as well as other local staples.

 

The bill passed by Parliament needs to be signed by Zuma in order for it become the law. It is an ambitious piece of legislation that aims to provide protective mechanisms for indigenous knowledge in South Africa...

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An update on global access to medicines

An update on global access to medicines | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Back in 2001, a major ruling took place at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to increase access–at least theoretically–to generic pharmaceuticals for patients in poor countries. The WTO signed a pact known as “The Doha Declaration“, indicating that intellectual property rights (patents) should not stand in the way of public health; that is, expensive brand-name drugs that were still under patent could be substituted for with cheaper generic alternatives when epidemic diseases were affecting a country. But has this provision worked to improve medicine access?

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India Affirms Role as Developing World’s Pharmacy

India Affirms Role as Developing World’s Pharmacy | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

By allowing a generic manufacturer to produce a patented cancer drug at a fraction of its current cost, India has declared that it is not about to abandon its role as the ‘pharmacy of the world’s poor'.

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USPTO Launches ‘Patents For Humanity’ Prize Project

USPTO Launches ‘Patents For Humanity’ Prize Project | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
The United States Patent and Trademark Office today announced a project it said will award prizes to patent owners for using their patented technology for humanitarian purposes worldwide.
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Another Indian Generics Company Signs With Patent Pool

Another Indian Generics Company Signs With Patent Pool | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
A leading supplier of generic antiretroviral medicines has signed an agreement to manufacture new HIV medicines for sale in developing countries, the Medicines Patent Pool announced today.
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US Senate Postpones PIPA Vote; EU Commissioner Joined Opposition

US Senate Postpones PIPA Vote; EU Commissioner Joined Opposition | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
The new age of lobbying through online public engagement showed its effectiveness today as the Senate announced the postponement of next week's vote on controversial anti-piracy legislation that led to unprecedented protests on the internet.
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Johnson & Johnson Denies Patent Pool Licences For HIV Medicines For The Poor

Johnson & Johnson Denies Patent Pool Licences For HIV Medicines For The Poor | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

In a move public health advocates say is likely to bring negative consequences for low-income patients with HIV and AIDS, as well as negative publicity for the company, Johnson & Johnson recently announced that it would not enter into negotiations with the Medicines Patent Pool for voluntary licences that would allow several of key treatments to be made in more affordable generic form in developing countries.

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TEDxCanberra - Thomas Pogge - Reimagining pharmaceutical innovation

By reforming harmful supranational regulations, Thomas Pogge is developing a complement to the patent system to stimulate pharmaceutical innovations that would be accessible, without delay, to poor and affluent patients alike around the world.

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