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A victory for medicine trial transparency but there is still a long way to go NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 1 Week, 6 Days, 2 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
      The European Parliament voted on Wednesday the adoption of the new Clinical Trials Regulation, which has removed the legal framework on commercial confidentiality that previously allowed pharma not to publish its data. With the n...
Students forge new thinking on access to medicines and innovation NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 5 Hours, 1 Minute ago
  Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) is a promising and inspiring international student network focusing on access to medicines and biomedical innovation. They have a  strong presence in the US and Germany and are growing al...
Patients before Patents – Response to The Economist by MSF and Oxfam NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 3 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
  Protect patients, not patents SIR – You argued that “protection should not be weakened” on pharmaceutical patents (“The new drugs war”, January 4th). Drug patents protect drug-companies’ profits, not patient...
FOR A TRANSPARENT, INNOVATIVE AND JUST RESPONSE TO THE CRISIS IN SPANISH PUBLIC HEALTHCARE” NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 2 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
NEW EXPERT AND CIVIL SOCIETY WORKING GROUP LAUNCH The Working Group on Health, Medicines, and Innovation has been launched with the goal of offering inclusive and constructive recommendations on the evaluation of health access, transparency, the mana...
Civil Society demands fair solutions to Greek health crisis NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 20 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
  There is a fully-fledged access to health care crisis in Greece as a result of the Troika-dictated cuts over the past four years. Three million people or more, exact figures are hard to get due to “Greek statistics”, have fallen of...
Notes from a generally non-informative “civil society” meeting on TTIP NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 2 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 2 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
  Brief chronicle of an obscure, scarcely informative “civil society” meeting on the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in Brussels on January 14th, 2014   A few tidbits of Commission statements:   The European...
Big Pharma´s leaked wish list for TTIP EU-US trade pact NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 2 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 2 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
PhRMA/EFPIA priorities for TTIP. I. Regulatory issues : Greater regulatory convergence: Ø  a built-in agenda allowing for progressive greater regulatory convergence over time. Ø  a Working Group on Pharmaceutical and Medical D...
Acceso a medicamentos e innovación en tiempos de crisis NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 3 Months, 14 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
Durante los últimos meses un grupo de organizaciones y expertos entre los que se encuentran la Confederación Española de Consumidores y Usuarios, Médicos del Mundo, Salud por Derecho, Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue, Farm...
TTIP: Full transparency, nothing less NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 3 Months, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
We are in the midst of the mother of all trade negotiations. The EU and the US have already celebrated the second round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This is not your ordinary free trade agreement that focusses on tari...
Event summary: Greek Society demands fair access to medicine solutions NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 3 Months, 6 Days, 11 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
      Access to medicines crisis in Greece: Society demands fair solutions   European Parliament office in Athens, 13 December 2013     Event summary report     Conference Overview     130 people show...
Momentum for EU ratification of Marrakech Treaty for blind persons NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 3 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 9 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
No change in EU law is needed for implementation of right to read Marrakech Treaty European Commission corrects course on Treaty ratification The Marrakech Treaty, agreed upon last June, means applying a global exception to copyright to enable access...
Update on EU ratification of Marrakesh Treaty NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 4 Months, 2 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Marrakech Treaty signing, ratification and implementation by EU Short notes on meeting in Athens with Greek Presidency of EU and Head of Intellectual Property Office on December 12th . One of the priorities of the six month Greek Presidency of the EU...
“Society demands fair solutions for access to medicines” Athens, December 13th NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 4 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 20 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) organises a new one-day conference entitled “Access to medicines crisis in Greece: Society demands fair solutions”  scheduled to take place on 13 December 2013 at the European Parliament of...
Sehbehinderte durch zügige Ratifizierung des Vertrages von Marrakesch! NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 4 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 1 Hour, 6 Minutes ago
Mehr Bücher für Blinde und Sehbehinderte durch zügige Ratifizierung des Vertrages von Marrakesch! Bitte machen Sie Millionen von Blinden und Sehbehinderten Menschen weltweit das schönste Weihnachtsgeschenk: Fordern Sie mit uns die...
EU ratification of Marrakesh Treaty! NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 4 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 6 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
Give the best Christmas present to millions of blind persons: EU ratification of Marrakesh Treaty! European Parliament, 17 December 2013 13:00-14:30 Room:  ?5?2 Hosted by Luigi Berlinguer (S&D, IT), Eva Lichtenberger (Greens/EFA, AT), Franci...
EU ratification of Marrakesh Treaty now! NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 4 Months, 4 Weeks, 5 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
Give the best Christmas present to millions of blind persons: EU ratification of Marrakesh Treaty! European Parliament, 17 December 2013 13:00-14:30 Room: A3H1 Hosted by Luigi Berlinguer (S&D, IT), Eva Lichtenberger (Greens/EFA, AT), Francisco So...
MEP Gallo defends tobacco industry against plain-packaging NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 5 Months, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
This pro tobacco industry amendment has been tabled by French conservative and IPR fundamentalist MEP Marielle Gallo for the EU´s Trademark Directive. “The positive right to use” trademarks could be used to legally ban attempts at i...
Today Barnier concludes failed EU copyright process: Licences for Europe NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 5 Months, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
  Rarely has an official “participatory” initiative been such a waste of time, money and political opportunity.  Today the European Commission under the leadership of Internal Market Commissioner  Michel Barnier will conclu...
SOS: Unclear, torturous path for EU ratification of Marrakesh Treaty NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 5 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 19 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
  To date over 57 countries in the world, including the US but not the EU, have signed the WIPO Marrakesh Treaty for a copyright exception for millions of blind and other print-disabled persons. Nevertheless, no country has yet to legally ratify...