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The Politicization Of The US Patent System

The Washington Post story, How patent reform’s fraught politics have left USPTO still without a boss (July 30), is a vivid account of how patent reform has divided the US economy, preempting a possible replacement for David Kappos who stepped down 18 months ago. The division is even bigger than portrayed. Universities have lined up en masse to oppose reform, while main street businesses that merely use technology argue for reform. Reminiscent of the partisan divide that has paralyzed US politics, this struggle crosses party lines and extends well beyond the usual inter-industry debates. Framed in terms of combating patent trolls through technical legal fixes, there lurks a broader economic concern – to what extent ordinary retailers, bank, restaurants, local banks, motels, realtors, and travel agents should bear the burden of defending against patents as a cost of doing business.


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    WHO Group Keeps Lid On Bird Flu Lab Results – For Now

    Published on 17 February 2012 @ 11:53 pm

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    A group of public health experts gathered by the World Health Organization agreed today to continue a temporary moratorium on research done on the H5N1 bird flu virus modified in a laboratory to be more transmissible between mammals. But they said research should continue on the naturally occurring version of the virus.

    The closed door meeting took place at WHO on 16-17 February.

    Concern arose recently when it became known that research groups in the Netherlands and the United States have “created versions of the H5N1 influenza virus which are more transmissible in mammals than the H5N1 virus that occurs naturally,” as WHO put it, leading the health agency to convene the group.

    The group consisted of various interested parties – including the researchers, the funders of the research, publications that want to profit from publishing the research, the countries that provided the viruses, bioethicists, and directors from several WHO “collaborating-center laboratories specializing in influenza,” WHO said. Publication of the manuscripts of the research will be delayed.

    More meetings will be held in the future. It is expected that they will agree to publish the research later this year, according to sources.

     

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    1. Riaz K Tayob says:

      This is just power politics. Even the contributions of viruses that developing countries routinely make to WHO are captured in databases on the evolution of the virus in certain labs approved by WHO. Access to these databases is proprietary, whereas they are derived from “free” donations of protected biodiversity of developing countries. How can regional capacity be developed for vaccines when this kind of imbalance is apparent in the world system (that a tracking system of donations does not even deal with)?

      When WHO was caught with its pants down allowing companies to expropriate developing country knowledge from viruses in contravention of its own guidelines, it simply removed them from its website. This is the balance and fairness from impartial civil servants…

      And if a developing country health minister makes a conspiratorial point, that biological weapons are possibility (she may have been over the top, but not far off the mark as things go) polite sensible opinion dismissed her as a freak.

      One wonders at the advice WHO receives when IPR matters were pulled to the highest levels of the WHO governance structure… when will poor people matter for WHO that tips its hat defering to the WTO and WIPO as a UN agency but at least on Human Rights Rapporteurs show now such feudal deference…


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