The U.S. Innovation Economy -Getting Back on Track . . .

On March 18, PIJIP and the Federal Circuit Bar Association will cohost a plan explore one of the key challenges facing our government - building a foundation to get the U.S. innovation economy back on track. In addition to on-site attendance, the FCBA will also broadcast the program live via the web

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PIJIP Fellow Swarna Latha published in the European Intellectual Property Review

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Traditional Medicine (TM) may be the only affordable treatment available to poor people where access to modern health care services and medicine is limited. It is also becoming increasingly popular in the developed countries as the drug industry introduces new herbal medicine nproducts. Many of these products produced and used in the developed countries are based on, or consist of, biological materials sourced through reference to TM.

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State Legislators Told Trade Policies Could Threaten Access to Affordable Medicines

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State legislators who are members of the National Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Prices (NLARx) met today at the Washington College of Law at American University to learn about emerging international trade policy and federal health care reform and the impact on prescription drug prices and access to medicines in the states. The meeting was also attended by health care and consumer advocates, pharmaceutical industry representatives and students and academics.

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Concerns over ISP Liability Highlighted As Italy Convicts 3 Google Executives

As announced by Google on Wednesday, a prosecutor in Milan, Italy indicted four Google employees with criminal defamation and a failure to comply with Italy's privacy laws after a group of students in Turin produced a video of themselves bullying a boy with Down syndrome and uploaded it onto the Google Video website in late 2006.

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PIJIP Launches Project to Shed Light on Secretive Intellectual Property Agreement

PIJIP is launching a new project to promote analysis of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), whose negotiations have so far been held in secret and could impact public interest concerns around the world. ACTA is a new international intellectual property agreement being negotiated by the USA and a small number of mostly wealthy country partners.

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East African Community Nations Reject Counterfeiting Law

A Wall Street Journal publication is reporting that several East African Countries are refusing to adopt a model law “counterfeiting” law adopted by the East African Community. The law was incredibly controversial for promoting a model adopted by Kenya which extends border seizures and other counterfeiting remedies to suspected unauthorized copies of generic drugs. A similar extension of trademark counterfeiting remedies to alleged patent violations is being pushed by the European Union in the secretive ACTA negotiations.

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PIJIP Represents Public Health and States in Submissions to the United States Trade Representative

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In two submissions to the United States Trade Representative for its “Special 301” trade hearings, public interest advocates called on the Obama Administration to end past trade policies that have threatened access to medicine at home and abroad. The public interest groups were represented by American University Washington College of Law’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP).

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Over 200 Citizens Submit Comments to US Trade Representative Regarding ACTA

As of 6:30 today USTR has received over 200 comments in response to its federal register notice seeking input on intellectual property policy, the vast majority of which criticize the Anticounterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). To view the comments – which USTR is still uploading as I write this blog – go to regulations.gov. There will be a field to enter a keyword, in which you need to put “ustr-2010-0003.”

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European ACTA Document Leaks With New Details on Mexico Talks and Future Meetings

A brief report from the European Commission authored by Pedro Velasco Martins (an EU negotiator) on the most recent round of ACTA negotiations in Guadalajara, Mexico has leaked, providing new information on the substance of the talks, how countries are addressing the transparency concerns, and plans for future negotiations. The document notes that the Mexico talks were a "long meeting with detailed technical discussions, which allowed progress, but parties not yet ready for major concessions. Due to lack of time, internet discussions could not be concluded."

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In Comments Submitted February 16, NLARx Working Group on Trade Warns USTR Trade Policies Threaten State-Level Drug Price Negotiation and Medicaid Programs

Today the National Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Prices Working Group on Trade submitted comments to the US Trade Representative opposing the expansion of the Special 301 report into the realm of disciplining countries for implementing effective and non-discriminatory pharmaceutical pricing policies, and a recent trend to use trade agreements to restrict evidence-based domestic drug pricing programs. "These initiatives will directly and negatively affect the capacity of states to provide health care and pharmaceuticals to their residents through existing Medicaid and state-funded programs...

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