Intellectual Property Rights

KEI Europe comments on the European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) roadmap

KEI Europe comments on the European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) road map 24 February 2021 Whilst calls for better coordination in the EU pandemic response are welcome, HERA must put the global right to health, rather than regional biosecurity concerns, at its heart. Rapid operationalisation, as demanded by global public health needs, …

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The European Commission action plan on intellectual property – Of COVID-19, TRIPS, EU BARDA, march-in rights, patent pools, and compulsory licensing

Update: On Wednesday, 25 November 2020, the European Commission published its IP action plan:  Making the most of the EU’s innovative potential – An intellectual property action plan to support the EU’s recovery and resilience. KEI Europe’s President, Dr. Ellen ‘t Hoen provided the following reaction to the European Union’s action plan on intellectual property. …

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KEI Europe comments on the European Commission’s roadmap for an Intellectual Property Action Plan

14 August 2020 Compulsory licensing in the Unitary Patent System.  There should be a provision for a unitary compulsory license in the unitary patent system, that is without prejudice to national compulsory licenses on the unitary patent right.   Non patent market exclusivities.  Sui generis exclusive rights regimes, such as but not limited to regulatory test …

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16 Civil society groups write open letter to WHO Director-General Dr Tedros: Roadmap on Access to Medicines and Vaccines 2019-2023

UPDATE: On Wednesday, 15 August 2018, WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus provided a response to the open letter on the Roadmap on Access to Medicines and Vaccines 2019-2023. The Director-General’s response can be found here: WHO DG letter to KEI 15 August 2018 Access roadmap On Friday, 3 August 2018, 16 groups sent an …

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Civil Society Asks Upcoming Austrian EU Presidency To Defend Access To Medicines

On 27 June 2018, a small group of activists and public health campaigners organized a demonstration in front of Austria’s Health Ministry. Banners displayed the following messages: “Austrian Presidency of the EU: put patients before profits”, “Pharma 3 – Patients 0”, and “Pharma score goals with high prices”. KEI Europe, along with 11 other groups …

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Commissioner Malmström’s response to Civil Society concerns over the Third Country Report on the Protection of IPRs

On 16 April 2018, KEI Europe and 32 groups wrote a letter to the European Commission’s Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, expressing concerns over the Commission’s plans to create an EU Watch List. In the letter, we noted that although the European Union has publicly reiterated its commitment to support the right of third countries to …

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Thirty-three civil society groups write to Commissioner Malmström expressing concerns over the European Commission’s plans to create an EU Watch List

On 16 April 2018, KEI Europe and 32 groups wrote a letter to the European Commission’s Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, expressing concerns over the Commission’s plans to create an EU Watch List. The letter states that “despite the European Union’s public pledge of support for third countries’ right to use the flexibilities of the TRIPS …

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EC publishes report on protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in “third countries”

On 21 February 2018, the European Commission published a report on the “protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in third countries”. The main objective of the report “is to identify third countries in which the state of IPR protection and enforcement gives rise to the greatest level of concern and thereby to establish an …

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Statement of Portugal: UN briefing on Promoting Innovation and Access to Health Technologies in the Context of the Agenda 2030

On Tuesday, 6 March 2018, Cristina Pucarinho, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations made the following intervention at a UN briefing on Promoting Innovation and Access to Health Technologies in the Context of the Agenda 2030 in New York. Portugal’s intervention on transparency in New York echoed the statement Portugal delivered …

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WHA70: Statement of Portugal on the Global shortage of, and access to medicines and vaccines

Portugal delivered the following statement at the 70th World Health Assembly on agenda item, 13.3 – Global shortage of, and access to medicines and vaccines. In relation to the Report of the United Nations High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines (UNHLP), the delegation of Portugal quoted the intervention delivered by the Portuguese Minister of Health, …

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