Webcasts of November 20 PIJIP/UAEM University Innovation Symposium

PIJIP and Universities Allied for Essential Medicines co-hosted a symposium on universities and innovation last weekend. The event was attended by NGO representatives, university professors and administrators, and policy makers focused on strategies to increase research on neglected diseases and innovative policies for universities to contribute most effectively to the medicines innovation system.

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USPTO Passes on Request to Review ACTA Provisions that May Conflict with US Law

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USTR argues that nothing in ACTA will conflict with U.S. law, and therefore it can implement ACTA as a "sole executive agreement" without Congressional approval. Last month, Sens. Sanders and Brown wrote the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, asking for a review of ACTA provisions that could conflict with U.S. Law. USPTO Under Secretary and Director David Kappos has responded to their request without addressing their questions.

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PIJIP Professor Flynn Addresses National Conference of Insurance Legislators

Today PIJIP Professor Flynn addressed the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), a group of state lawmakers who oversee state insurance regulations. He spoke in favor of a draft resolultion warning against provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership that could limit the ability of state governments to negotiate discounts for Medicaid and other state and local programs that purchase medicines for low income Americans. The resolution was tabled by Vermont Rep. Kathleen Keenan and Kentucky Rep. Bob Damron.

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EU Tables Resolution on ACTA

A European Parliament resolution "on ACTA - preparing for the Consent Procedure" was tabled by the Greens/EFA. The vote on the resolution is scheduled for Wednesday 24 November.

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ACTA's Constitutional Problem

As an agreement setting minimum legislative standards in areas of intellectual property law and the regulation of IP-protected goods on the internet and in international trade, ACTA directly implicates Congress's Article I, Section 8 powers. There is no residuum of power in these areas that the executive can claim. For this reason, USTR cannot bind the US to ACTA as a sole executive agreement. That act is clearly unconstitutional.

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Nov. 20 - University Innovation Symposium

PIJIP and Universities Allied for Essential Medicines will co-host this symposium for NGO representatives, university professors and administrators, and policy makers to focus on strategies to increase research on neglected diseases and innovative policies for universities to contribute most effectively to the medicines innovation system. Topics will include intellectual property protection, licensing, and alternate models of funding.

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Student Recap: Marybeth Peters at the Sixth Annual Finnegan Lecture

Marybeth Peters was joined by two former colleagues, Art Levine and Jon Baumgarten, in discussing the history behind the Copyright Act of 1976 with a collection of intellectual property lawyers, advocates, students, and other interested parties gathered on the sixth floor of the Washington College of Law for the Sixth Annual Finnegan Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property.

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ACTA - Leaked Notes by the EC Directorate-General on Trade to the INTA Committe and Trade Policy Committee

ACTA negotiation notes between the U.S. and the E.U. as well as the Notes from the EC Directorate-General on Trade to the Committee on International Trade (INTA) and Trade Policy Committee have been leaked. There are two sets of notes, sent on November 3, 2010 and on November 4, 2010.

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Obama's Broken Promises on IP and Meds

President Obama travels today to India for the first time since his election, arriving on November 6. His trip will feature high-level meetings organized by powerful U.S. and European corporate interests, including an address to the U.S.-India Business Council, a corporate interest group hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that includes all major multinational pharmaceutical companies among its members. U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce Suresh Kumar confirmed last week on the sidelines of a business conference that securing more restrictive intellectual property rights for U.S. companies was a key U.S. demand. He said, ?[the US is] lobbying to do here, to protect international property rights, to protect our patents.?

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US Register of Copyrights Delivers the Sixth Annual Finnegan Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property

Marybeth Peters discussed the demands for a comprehensive revision of copyright law that led to the Copyright Act of 1976. She described the role of the Copyright Office in the legislative process leading up to its enactment and implementation, and offered reflections on why proponents sought fundamental changes to the law. With the benefit of hindsight, she considered whether those changes produced the anticipated effects. Peters is the author of The General Guide to the Copyright Act of 1976.

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