Update on Letter to Chief Justice of India by Campaign for Affordable Trastuzumab

Subsequent to the letter to Chief Justice of India by Campaign for Affordable Trastuzumab stating concerns regarding IP Owners Association (IPOA) with India judiciary ,  we have heard from the credible sources that IPOA’s meeting with IPAB and Delhi High Court have been summarily cancelled.

 

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Campaign for Affordable Trastuzumab writes to Chief Justice of India raising concerns on scheduled meeting of IPAB, Delhi High Court with IP Owners Associations

Campaign for Affordable Trastuzumab wrote to Chief Justice of India raising concern about  “Innovation Dialog” being organised in India from November 16-22, 2014 by the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPOA). The campaign specifically mentioned about IPOA’s proposed meetings with representatives of the IPAB, the Delhi High Court and the Patent Controller’s offices, as these institutions are in the process of hearing patent-related cases that could involve IPOA members and questioned  the ethics and propriety of meetings and interactions between the judiciary and the IPOA delegation.

 

The letter sent by Campaign for Affordable Trastuzumab can be accessed here

To view the agenda of IPOA meeting, click here.

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CII-DIPP-IPO Conference on IP Law & Enforcement ignores Public Interest

Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce, India along with Confederation of Indian Industries and Intellectual Property India (IPO) is holding an international conference on “IP Law and Enforcement”  in Noida, 20-21 Nov 2014. Access the agenda of the conference here.

This conference raises concerns on IP and public interest as well as a Government of India’s established stand of balanced approach to intellectual protection and enforcement. Government of India in all international and domestic forum has always taken a firm stand to balance the IP protection and enforcement, a private interest with the public interest i.e. access to medicines, access to knowledge, access to technology etc. The conference is a clear departure from this stand and the agenda is completely IP Maximalist. The agenda seem to accommodate only corporations and law firms and have excluded academia and civil society organisations.

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As US Trade Representative Arrives in Delhi, MSF Urges India to Stand Strong Against Attack on Affordable Medicines

Source: MSF Access Campaign

New Delhi, 25 November 2014—As US Trade Representative Michael Froman meets high-ranking Indian officials to likely pressure the government to weaken its pro-public health patent law, Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) urged the new Indian Prime Minister to take a strong stand against weakening a law that has helped millions of people in India and across the developing world get access to affordable life-saving medicines.  Continue reading

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India and United States Joint Statement on the Trade Policy Forum

Minister of Commerce and Industry of India Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman and U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Mr. Michael Froman met in New Delhi on November 25, 2014 for the eighth ministerial-level meeting of the India-United States Trade Policy Forum (TPF).

Work Sessions

Minister Sitharaman and Ambassador Froman discussed and exchanged views on a range of trade and investment issues, in particular, (i) Agriculture, (ii) Services, (iii) Promoting Investment in Manufacturing, and (iv) Intellectual Property.

Intellectual Property and related issues

Minister Sitharaman and Ambassador Froman also acknowledged the paramount goal of ensuring the poorest populations in India and the United States have access to quality healthcare, and committed to identifying ways in which trade and innovation policies can enhance access to quality health and affordable medicines.

Minister Sitharaman highlighted India’s work on a new intellectual property rights (IPR) policy which would stimulate innovation across sectors in the country.  The United States agreed to share information on this subject to support India’s on-going efforts.

Both countries recognize the importance of providing a transparent and predictable policy environment for fostering innovation.

Private Sector Advisory Group

Minister Sitharaman and Ambassador Froman encouraged the continued work of the United States-India Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG), which had been created under the TPF to provide strategic advice.

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India, US agree to set up bilateral ties, establish technical dialogue to promote cooperation

Source: Economic Times

NEW DELHI: India and the US have agreed to step up bilateral engagement, building on the progress made after the two countries recently reached a landmark deal to break the deadlock at the WTO, but did not report any progress on contentious issues at the ministerial-level meeting in Delhi on Tuesday. Officials from the two countries will hold as many as 20 face-to-face or video conferences before the next meeting of the India-US trade policy forum (TPF) next year to reach agreement on enhanced market access for farm products, common ground on contentious intellectual property rights and also visa and totalisation issues important to Indian professionals. Continue reading

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Govt to continue talks on visa issues with US,enhance access for agri products

Source: Business Today

United States Trade Representative Michael Froman (L) with Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

India and the United States on Tuesday decided to explore the possibility of giving greater market access to agricultural products and continue engagement on visa and social security totalisation issues concerning Indian IT professionals and intellectual property rights (IPR) covering pharma patents. Continue reading

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Affordable healthcare is beyond compulsory licenses, US tells India

Source: Business Standard

The discussion took place under the much-awaited India-US Trade Policy Forum

The US asked India on Tuesday to take steps to aid affordable health care by looking beyond intellectual property rights (IPR) and compulsory licensing and addressing other concerns such as rate reduction, distribution of medicines and insurance coverage.

The discussion took place under the India-US Trade PolicyForum (TPF), which met here on Tuesday after a gap of more than four years, with both sides seeking to address outstanding issues concerning bilateral trade and investment. Continue reading

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India needs to look at IPR norms more closely: USTR Froman

Source: Business Standard

Raising concerns that issues related to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) were impeding their bilateral trade, the US today asked India to look more closely at its IPR norms and address this problem mutually.

A day before the Trade Policy Forum meeting with Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the US Trade Representative Michael Froman today told the representatives of Indian industry that India and the US need to explore collaborative and creative solutions to resolve IPR-related issues that were impeding bilateral trade. Continue reading

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US urges India to look beyond IPR in affordable healthcare

Source: Business Standard

India was Tuesday urged by the US to look beyond intellectual property rights (IPR) and compulsory licensing in affordable healthcare, and to address concerns like tariff reduction, distribution of medicines and insurance coverage.

“There is a lot that goes into access to affordable healthcare beyond intellectual property rights, beyond patents, beyond compulsory licenses,” US Trade Representative Michael Froman said after a meeting of the India-US Trade Policy Forum (TPF) here. Continue reading

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