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The Law Bytes Podcast, Episode 81: Why Isn’t Canada Supporting a Proposal to Help Developing Countries Gain Access to COVID-19 Vaccines?

As countries around the globe work to get their citizen vaccinated against COVID-19, a battle over intellectual property rules has emerged at the World Trade Organization. Last year, Canada passed legislation designed to ensure that patents would not pose a barrier to securing supplies of a vaccine or treatment. A year later, developing countries around the world have looked to the WTO to develop similar standards through a waiver process that would speed up access to, and production of, vaccines. Yet the proposal has run into opposition at the WTO, including from Canada.

Thiru Balasubramaniam is the Geneva Representative of Knowledge Ecology International, where he works on IP, health, and trade issues at the WTO, WIPO, and World Health Organization. He joins the Law Bytes podcast to discuss the recent developments at the WTO, the position of developed countries such as Canada, and what this means for global access to critical vaccines.

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March 22, 2021 3 comments Uncategorized

Does the U.S. Believe ACTA Can Be Flexibly Implemented?

KEI reports on recent discussions with U.S. government officials which suggest that the USTR believes it can ignore the plain language of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement by relying on Article 1.2, which provides that “Each Party shall be free to determine the appropriate method of implementing the provisions of this […]

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October 25, 2010 2 comments Must Reads

Indian Official: ACTA Out of Sync With TRIPs

IP Watch reports that an Indian government official has acknowledged that India was not asked to participate in the ACTA negotiations and that it is concerned that the text is out of sync with international law.

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May 5, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Is the Private Copying Levy Consistent With Canada’s International Treaty Obligations?

Andrew Christie, John Davidson, and Fiona Rotstein examine whether the private copying levy is consistent with Canada's treaty obligations.  Their conclusion?  Canada may be in violation of its obligations under the Rome Convention and TRIPs.  Moreover, it would be in violation of the WIPO Internet Treaties (WPPT) if that treaty […]

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April 27, 2007 Comments are Disabled Must Reads