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U.S. International Trade Commission Releases Report on “Trade, Investment, and Industrial Policies in India”

Lun, 22/12/2014 - 18:01
The U.S. International Trade Commission has released its report on Indian trade, investment and industrial policies, including but not limited to intellectual property rights.  The full report is here and the the press release is here. The report was based on “a survey of U.S. companies doing business in India; a quantitative analysis of the [...]
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Access to Knowledge as Human Rights

Lun, 22/12/2014 - 12:09
Reposted from Ditigal Rights LAC, Link (CC-BY) Access to knowledge was the topic that Karisma Foundationpresented during the thematic hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on the impact of Internet on defense and exercise of human rights. The hearing was held in Washington, during the 153rd Session, on October 28, 2014. Access to knowledge, as [...]
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Open Access Policy Announced by Two Departments within India’s Ministry of Science and Technology

Lun, 22/12/2014 - 11:30
Two departments within India’s Ministry of Science and Technology, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) have released a new Open Access Policy. Under the new policy, researchers who receive funding or use resources from from these departments can still publish in any journals they wish, but they will [...]
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Senator Elizabeth Warren fights the White House over the Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership #TPP

Lun, 22/12/2014 - 10:52
In his visit to the G20 in Brisbane, President Barack Obama sought to promote his ambitious Pacific Rim trade agreement — the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He told an audience at the University of Queensland: We’ll keep leading the effort to realize the Trans-Pacific Partnership to lower barriers, open markets, export goods, and create good jobs for our people. [...]
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David and Project Goliath

Vie, 19/12/2014 - 14:53
The name the Motion Picture Association of America used for its anti-Google campaign—“Project Goliath”—may be more self-revelatory than the MPAA expected. It has been widely reported that the hacked Sony Pictures emails reveal that in early 2014, MPAA launched Project Goliath, a policy initiative to develop legal tools to block access to websites that facilitate [...]
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AFL-CIO, AARP, GPhA, Doctors Without Borders, and Oxfam Letter to Obama pm TPP and Access to Medicine

Vie, 19/12/2014 - 10:10
Dear Mr. President:  The organizations signing this letter want to express our deep concerns regarding some of the provisions under negotiation in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). These provisions could seriously impact access to affordable medicines by delaying generic competition as well as impacting governments’ ability to advance public health policies in the U.S and [...]
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EU trade secrets directive threat to health, environment, free speech and worker mobility

Mié, 17/12/2014 - 13:27
Multi-sectoral NGO coalition calls for greater protections for consumers, journalists, whistleblowers, researchers and workers Joint statement by 15 NGOs Link to PDF on Health Action International Site We strongly oppose the hasty push by the European Commission and Council for a new European Union (EU) directive on trade secrets[i] because it contains: An unreasonably broad [...]
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Supreme Court Says No to Bayer, Upholds Compulsory License on Nexavar

Lun, 15/12/2014 - 13:18
[Lawyers Collective press release, Link]  In a momentous decision that would have wide-ranging implication for access to medicines, the Supreme Court of India refused to entertain Bayer’s appeal to set aside the compulsory license (CL) on Sorafenib (Nexavar). The Supreme Court’s dismissal of Bayer’s Special Leave Petition against the Bombay High Court’s decision upholding of [...]
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Assessing the Impact of Alternative Patent Systems on the Cost of Health Care: The TPPA and HIV Treatment in Vietnam

Lun, 15/12/2014 - 13:10
Authors: Hazel V. J. Moir, Brigitte Tenni, Deborah Gleeson, and Ruth Lopert Abstract:   In the Trans Pacific partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations, the United States has proposed expanded patent protections that will likely impact the affordability of medicines in TPPA partners. This includes antiretroviral (ARV) medicines used in the treatment of HIV/AIDS. Vietnam has the lowest [...]
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The “Road to Dignity by 2030″ Includes Access to Information and an Open Internet

Dom, 14/12/2014 - 23:48
[International Federation of Library Associations, Link, (CC-BY)]  IFLA’s response to the Synthesis Report of the UN Secretary-General on the Post-2015 Development Agenda: “The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet” Access to information…Intellectual Property reform…access to open data…affordable access to ICTs. These are some of the important issues [...]
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EFF Joins Dozens of Groups in Call for Transparency in Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks

Dom, 14/12/2014 - 23:43
Groups Demand That Negotiators Release Text of Secret Trade Deal [EFF Press Release, Link, (CC-BY)]  The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has joined dozens of civil society groups from around the world in calling for the release of the secret text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—a massive proposed trade agreement that could quash digital rights for [...]
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