WHO, WTO, WIPO Put Their Collective Mind To Antibiotic Resistance Calamity
Resistance to antibiotics by bacteria has been steadily growing and is now considered as a major threat to global public health, with some catastrophic projections of millions of death and billions of dollars in economic impact. The World Trade Organization, World Health Organization and World Intellectual Property Organization today are holding a joint technical symposium on antimicrobial resistance, and how to encourage innovation, appropriate use of antibiotics, and wide access to treatments and diagnostics.
Farm-Saved Seeds Sow Discord; Breeders, Users, Seek Clear Definition At UPOV
When a harvested material from a protected plant variety, such as seeds, is used for further sowing and cultivating, royalties need to be paid to the breeder of this protected variety. However, according to breeders, farm-saved seeds are sometimes used as an excuse to avoid paying royalties, and clear definitions should be established internationally. Conversely, small farmer associations think that once farmers buy a protected variety, they should be able to re-use those seeds, exchange or sell them.The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) organised a Seminar [pdf] on Propagating and Harvested Material in the Context of the UPOV Convention on 24 October.
From Personality To Property: Data Protection Needs Competition & Consumer Protection Law, Conference Says
MUNICH -- Will personal data become a property right licensed to those who give you the best deal for it? Researchers at a conference convened by the Max-Planck Institute on Innovation and Competition in Munich delved into a future “holistic approach” of intellectual property, data and consumer protection, with additional assistance from competition law.
Freedom To Utilize Genetic Resources? The Nagoya Protocol Two Years Later
At its second anniversary, the Nagoya Protocol is ushering in an international access and benefit-sharing (ABS) system that may impact the freedom to operate with genetic resources. Those who utilize genetic resources and information should understand the emerging framework and take actions to reduce the risk of patent invalidation, legal liability and reputational harm that may flow from a violation of ABS requirements, writes Bruce S. Manheim.
UN Meeting Looks At Legally Binding Instrument On Corporations And Human Rights
A gathering at the United Nations in Geneva this week is hearing a litany of views on a prospective legally binding international instrument to regulate within human rights law the activities of transnational corporations and other businesses. The meeting is being webcast live.
US Copyright Office: Pallante Resigns; Search On For New Register [Updated]
The United States Copyright Office Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante has changed roles to become senior advisor for digital strategy. In her place, Karyn Temple Claggett will move up to serve as acting register of copyrights while a search is conducted for the next permanent register.
Report: IP Rights, Corporate Interests Threaten Small Farmers’ Right To Seeds, Biodiversity
A new report by civil society groups defending the right to food and nutrition lays bare threats to seeds and biodiversity created by intellectual property rights, and calls for states to respect their human right obligations to protect small farmers’ right to seeds and food security.
US High Court Puts Unreasonable Delay On Trial
On its face, the case is a humdrum, procedural dispute about a patentee’s delay in filing an infringement suit. But if the Supreme Court rules the way most experts expect, the decision will significantly enhance the power of patent trolls and others alleging patent infringement, and it will harm many companies doing business in the US – especially companies in the tech sector. Much hangs in the balance on 1 November, when the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in SCA Hygiene Products AG v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC.
Industry Contributions, Benefit Sharing, Virus Genetic Data Discussed By WHO Flu Experts
The group of experts tasked to monitor the World Health Organization pandemic influenza framework met this week with discussions on the partnership contributions that industry is expected to provide to the system, and how influenza viruses' genetic sequence data should be handled in the context of the framework.
Freedom Of Expression Under Attack, Says UN Special Rapporteur
Governments worldwide are engaging in censorship and punishing those who report or post opinions, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, says in a report on the widespread global assault on the freedom of expression to be presented to the UN General Assembly today. The full press, available […]