Panel Rejects Eli Lilly Claim Over Canadian Patent Law, Orders Company to Pay Millions in Costs

In the early 1990s, Eli Lilly applied for patent protection in Canada for two chemical compounds, olanzapine and atomoxetine. The company had already obtained patents over the compounds, but asserted that it had evidence to support new uses for the compounds that merited further protection. The Canadian patent office granted the patents based on the content in the applications, but they remained subject to challenge. Continue reading

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Study & video released about the impact of the Mercosur/EU FTA on access to medicines in Brazil

This week (March 20-24, 2017) negotiators of the European Union and Mercosur meet once again to move forward with the negotiation of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). This FTA could have a great impact not only on trade, but in people’s rights, including access to medicines. Continue reading
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European FTA pushes for tougher IPR rules under ongoing trade talks with India

Switzerland proposed that India agree to broader patentable principles, as per a leaked note on the proposed Intellectual Property Rights chapter of the talks

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India–EFTA trade talks may make medicines more expensive

MSF and civil society urge Swiss negotiators not to undermine the ‘pharmacy of the developing world’  

Geneva/New Delhi, 22March 2017 – Asintellectual property (IP) negotiators from India andthe four countries from EFTA (European Free Trade Association) meeting New Delhi this week to resume talks,Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), International Treatment Preparedness Coalition,and Public Eye warn that Swiss negotiators are demanding the inclusion of harmful intellectual property measures that could adversely impact access to medicines. EFTA is a trade bloc of four European countries outside of the European Union, made up of Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. Continue reading

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Ahead of Chile Meeting, 200+ Civil Society Groups Tell Their Trade Ministers: Do Not Resuscitate the TPP

9 March 2017

 

For Immediate Release–As trade ministers from across the Pacific rim prepare to discuss the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Chile next week, more than 200 organizations representing citizens across the Pacific Rim urged their governments to accept that the TPP model has failed and to engage in a more open and democratic process to develop genuine alternatives that confront the economic, social and environmental challenges of the 21st century.

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Congress party commits to push for amendment in the HIV/AIDS Bill

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Remove the words ‘as far as possible’ from HIV Bill: patients

Members of the People Living with HIV group protesting outside the residence of Union Health Minister J.P Nadda.   | Photo Credit: Vidya Krishnan

Source: The Hindu, March 9, 2017

Members of the People Living with HIV group protested outside the residence of Union Health Minister J.P Nadda, demanding the deletion of the term ‘as far as possible’ from the HIV/AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill.

The crucial public health legislation, aimed to guarantee rights to India’s 2.4 million strong HIV community, was approved by the Cabinet in October and immediately rejected by the HIV networks, as the phrase ‘as far as possible’ left it entirely open to interpretation. Continue reading

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