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MSF International Access Campaign Recruiting Executive Director Of Access Campaign

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 11:45
The Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International Access Campaign is recruiting an Executive Director (ED) of the Access Campaign.
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UNCTAD’s Work On IP To Continue In Strengthened Four-Year Mandate

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 08:57
NAIROBI, Kenya (IP-Watch) – Intellectual property rights related to trade and development will continue to be part of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)’s programme work, according to an agreement on the organisation’s four-year mandate reached at the agency’s 14th session in Nairobi.
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UNDP Initiative Seeks Impact-Driven Entrepreneurs From 10 Developing Countries

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 08:44
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a joint initiative with Impact Hub, an international community of social entrepreneurs. The initiative is a platform named "#Accelerate2030," aiming at supporting and promoting the most promising impact-driven ventures focusing on the UN Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs).
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Report: Lifesaving New AIDS Drugs Remain Costly; Older Versions Get Cheaper

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 08:57
DURBAN, South Africa - The international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has found that prices of older HIV drugs continue to decline, but newer drugs largely remain expensive.
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Commitment On Investment In Access To Essential Medicines Signed At UNCTAD14

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 08:17
NAIROBI, Kenya (IP-Watch) - A commitment signed this week to facilitate investment in Africa’s pharmaceutical industry is expected to boost the sector’s production and make available essential medicines for millions of needy people.
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New French Law Opens Market For Non-Profits Selling Public Domain Seeds

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:24
New legislation on biodiversity has been adopted by the French National Assembly, opening doors for the sharing and selling of seeds in the public domain to amateur gardeners. For some associations that had been illegally trading public domain seeds, this is seen as a major victory. Prior to the newly adopted legislation, only seeds listed […]
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The “Denial Playbook”: An Original Product Of The Oil Industry

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 06:11
New documents reveal that the oil and tobacco industries took pages from the same book to engineer their decade long campaigns on denying the existence of climate change and smoking-related cancer. The playbook also appears to have originated not with tobacco, but with the oil industry itself, and the two even appeared to share patents.
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Civil Society Calls On India To Backtrack On Policy Threatening Global HIV Response

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 11:21
The International AIDS Society made a statement today at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, voicing concerns about India's recent policy which, according to the group, is threatening access to HIV treatment in India and around the world.
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The Significance Of Uruguay’s Win Over Philip Morris International

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 08:52
The tobacco industry’s global efforts to use bilateral and multilateral agreements to challenge the spread of tobacco control measures such as trademark-minimising plain packages were dealt a significant blow last week when the World Bank dispute settlement body dismissed a case brought by Philip Morris against the government of Uruguay.The decision is seen a landmark for those who view the company as using test cases to continually challenge and delay public health protection measures and discourage other countries, particularly those with fewer resources, from strengthening their health regulations. Additionally, the case reasserted that trademarks are subject to government regulations and also illustrated the role that international organisations and actors can play in support of national governments defending their health measures.
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Blockstream’s New Patent Strategy: Trust Us, We Won’t Sue You

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 08:42
Blockstream, which developed the blockchain technology and bitcoin, has announced a defensive patent strategy. The crux of it: assurance that users of its technology won't be sued.
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For UNCTAD Ministerial, NGOs Call For Development Focus, Not Trade Rules Enforcement

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 11:51
Days before a major meeting of the governing body of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), over 100 non-governmental organisations worldwide are calling for the organisation to maintain its development role and not help implement international and regional trade rules.
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WIPO Names Vivendi Executive Sylvie Forbin Of France New DDG For Copyright

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 18:39
The World Intellectual Property Organization director general has named Sylvie Forbin of France, a veteran diplomat and copyright industry representative, as the next head of the WIPO Copyright and Creative Industries Sector. Forbin was chosen from more than 300 applicants, according to WIPO.
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Gilead’s Use Of Patents For $10B Tax Dodge Could Ignite Move For Policy Change

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 15:55
Gilead is the US company whose use of patents to charge $1000 per pill for a hepatitis C medicine in the United States helped make high drug prices a developed country household issue and fodder for elected officials seeking change. Now the company has come under further fire after being found to have moved some US$10 billion overseas to avoid US taxes - even after having received US taxpayer support for its activities - which it orchestrated by moving its patent rights overseas. A new report detailing the company's tax dodge includes a proposal for a way to clamp down on this type of patent activity.
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New Book On Price-Reducing Strategies For Essential Medicines Under IPRs

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 12:46
A new book and website examine the impact of intellectual property rights on access to new essential medicines and call for measures that were used to reduce prices of patented HIV medicines to be applied in the case of essential medicines.
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Opposition To Kenyan “Anti-Innovation” ICT Bill Grows

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 08:05
A bill introduced in Kenya’s parliament intended to streamline, govern and regulate the country’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector has been met with opposition from different quarters over fears that it could put ICT technicians out of practice and stifle the country’s innovation capacity if passed into law.
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Post-Huawei v ZTE: Are FRAND Negotiations Finally More Balanced In Europe?

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 07:55
BARCELONA, Spain -- The Huawei v ZTE Case C - 170/13, 21 July 2015 prescribed some guidelines for fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing negotiations, for both standard-essential patent holders and users. A recent private-sector panel addressed European FRAND case law and the latest information and communications technology industry policy opinions, in particular concerning royalty assessment rate (end-user or technology), royalty stacking, patent pool approach and injunctions.
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How Are Licensors And Licensees Adapting To New Scenarios?

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 13:07
BARCELONA, Spain -- A recent industry conference panel here covered topics of changing intellectual property scenarios perceived from different angles, in particular from operating companies which manufacture products or services and patent assertion entities (PAEs).
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CopyCamp 2016 Open Call

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 08:34
The Modern Poland Foundation is pleased to launch an Open Call for Speakers at the 5th International CopyCamp Conference (October 27-28, 2016 in Warsaw).
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Focus On Medicines Patents & Prices Alone May Do More Harm Than Good

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 08:21
Populism is in vogue these days and critics of pharmaceutical patents are trying to ride the wave, claiming that undermining patents will dramatically decrease prices but not reduce innovation. Both sides of that claim are flawed, writes Steven Tepp.
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Privacy Shield May Not Be “Schrems-Proof”, But Passage Approved

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 16:57
The European Commission is expected to pass a controversial declaration on the “adequacy of US data protection standards” on 12 July, making transfers of personal data from the European Union to the United States legal once more. [Update: Privacy Shield was announced today by the US and EU.]
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