Author Archives: donttradeourlivesaway

France uses tax to put pressure on hepatitis C drug prices

Source: Reuters * State spending on hep C drugs to be capped each year * Tax to hit firms whose drugs throw spending off course * Move heaps pressure on Gilead to cut Sovaldi’s price PARIS, Sept 30,2014 – France … Continue reading

Posted in access to medicines, Drug Pricing, Hepatitis - C, Intellectual Property, patent | Tagged | Leave a comment

Dear Prime Minister Modi: Stand firm for affordable medicines

Source: South Asia Foreign Policy As Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes his first official visit to the United States, one issue at the top of the trade agenda is the strikingly different approaches of the Indian and U.S. governments toward … Continue reading

Posted in access to medicines, Compulsory Licensing, Generic drug, Intellectual Property, IPR policy, patent, Patent examination system, Right to Health, Sec 3 (d), USTR 301 report, WTO | Leave a comment

Modi Visit Unlikely To Yield Major Outcomes On Trade, Economic Issues

Source: World Trade Online September 29,2014 Senior administration officials have made clear that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Sept. 29-30 trip to Washington is not expected to yield major outcomes on trade issues when they omitted them from the list … Continue reading

Posted in Investment treaties, IP Rights, IPR policy, patent, Patent examination system, Sec 3 (d) | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The right prescription in the IPR debate

Source: Hindustan Times Sptember 29,2014 Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the United States. As part of the agenda for the visit, both countries will unfold their wishlist for the other. Chief on the list will be the US Trade … Continue reading

Posted in access to medicines, Compulsory Licensing, Intellectual Property, Novartis Case, Right to Health | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

EU keen to resume FTA negotiations with India at the earliest

Source: Firstpost Mumbai: Hoping for an early resumption of the stalled negotiations on free trade agreement (FTA), European Union ambassador Joao Cravinho has said it will require a lot of “give and take” before the two sides arrive at an … Continue reading

Posted in EU-India FTA, FDI, FTAs, Intellectual Property, IP Rights | Leave a comment

BMS tries to block access to generic HIV drug in Venezuela

BMS tries to block access to generic HIV drug in Venezuela, Tries to obtain injunction in India but fails before the Trial Court The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) had issued a tender earlier in 2012 and again in 2013 for … Continue reading

Posted in Ex-Parte injunctions, Injunctions, IPR infringement, patent, patent infringement, Voluntary License | Leave a comment

US Congress requests a second ITC investigation on India

A group of top American lawmakers has asked the International Trade Commission to conduct an investigation into India’s alleged unfair trade practices that discriminate against US exports and investment. In a letter, the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Dave … Continue reading

Posted in US International Trade Commission, US pressure on India | Leave a comment