Medicines Patent Pool Receives First Licence for HIV Drugs from Major Pharmaceutical Company

Volume
15,
Number
26
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13 July 2011
13 July 2011
Gilead Sciences has become the first pharmaceutical company to set up a licensing agreement with the recently-established Medicines Patent Pool (MPP), in a move aimed toward increasing access in developing countries to drugs that treat HIV and Hepatitis B. The landmark deal was announced yesterday...
13 July 2011
WTO Members gathered last week to review a report from the trade body's Secretariat on the EU's trade policies over the last two years; the review praised the 27-member bloc for "restrain[ing] from tightening restrictions on imports in response to the crisis" - a decision that had a "stabilising...
13 July 2011
The possibility of leveraging innovation and intellectual property to address the climate change challenge was the key focus of this week's World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) conference. However, the 11-12 July gathering saw developed and developing countries express contrasting views...
13 July 2011
The trade dimension of border measures - one of the more challenging issues at the trade and climate change nexus - took centre stage at last week's meeting of the WTO's Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE). Members discussed a proposal, tabled by Singapore, which stressed the importance of the...
13 July 2011
Severe drought has left some ten million people in the Horn of Africa short of food and water, the UN has warned. As the crisis grows, some experts are questioning the role of agricultural trade and investment policies in the region. A joint statement from two intergovernmental agencies and a...
13 July 2011
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard released a plan on 10 July to tax Australia's worst carbon polluters, in a move aimed at reducing carbon pollution by five percent below 2000 levels by 2020 and by 80 percent below 2000 levels by 2050. Once implemented, the Clean Energy Agreement could be the...
13 July 2011
US Senator Dianne Feinstein joined forces with farm state Senators Amy Klobuchar, a fellow Democrat, and John Thune, a Republican, to announce an agreement on 7 July that would cut the 45 cent a gallon ethanol tax break and the 54 cent a gallon ethanol import tariff, while enacting new subsidies...
13 July 2011
The sixth round of negotiations between the EU and the South American trade bloc Mercosur marked limited progress towards the goal of a free trade and co-operation agreement, with both sides reaffirming their commitment to the talks. Even before the latest round of discussions began, however,...
13 July 2011
16 July, Rome, Italy. CLIMATE CHANGE AND GENETIC RESOURCES FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE: STATE OF KNOWLEDGE, RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES. The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a permanent forum where governments...
13 July 2011
THE PRICE AND TRADE EFFECTS OF STRICT INFORMATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GENETICALLY MODIFIED COMMODITIES UNDER THE CARTAGENA PROTOCOL ON BIOSAFETY. By Antoine Bouët, Guillaume Gruère, and Laetitia Leroy for the International Food Policy Research Institute (July 2011). This paper assesses the global...