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“We Must Engage With Industry” – WHO Director Explains Limits On Lobbyists

The engagement of actors such as industry, civil society, philanthropy and academia with the World Health Organization has been a subject of controversy, with some of those actors being potentially able to influence the work of the organisation. A framework for engagement with those stakeholders was agreed two years ago. At last week's Executive Board meeting, the new WHO director general explained that engagement with those actors, and notably industry, is worth the risk, which he said can be managed.

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Republic Day Of India Celebration In Geneva: Sounds, Sights, Tastes – And History

Friends and followers of the nation and culture of India gathered in Geneva this week to celebrate India's Republic Day, with a ceremony and feast held in the halls of the UN World Intellectual Property Organization. Among the many achievements and areas of growth mentioned of the rising economy was its prowess in generic medicines production.

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Inside Views: Copyright And Artificial Intelligence

Ed Klaris writes: Recently, a photographer whose camera was used by a monkey to take a selfie settled a two-year legal battle against an animal rights group about copyright over the image. The lower court had denied the monkey a copyright, but the photographer did not want to face the appeals court. Whether monkeys can create copyrighted works is not exactly a pressing question for our time. But the important issues raised by this case and others about who owns creative work in an increasingly automated world are crucial to the future of copyright. With the advent of AI software, computers -- not monkeys -- will potentially create millions of original works that may then be protected by copyright, under current law, for more than 100 years.

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Snakebite Gets Attention Of WHO Executive Board, Draft Resolution Approved

A resolution to address the issue of snakebites, mainly in developing countries, was met with undisputed approval last week at the World Health Organization Executive Board. Some countries suggested that scorpion bites be mentioned in the resolution, which was deemed premature.

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Inside Views: The Top 5 Issues In EU Medicines Policy For 2018 (Including IP)

Yannis Natsis writes: There is a breakdown in communications between the pharmaceutical industry and Ministers of Health in Europe. The newly-deployed tactic of public, personalised attacks on national decision-makers who express concerns over high prices of medicines, reveal a change in the industry’s lobbying strategy that might damage the relationship irreparably.

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WHO Board Backs Ambitious Work Programme, Sent For Full Membership Approval

The World Health Organization programme of work 2019-2023 is one step closer to being adopted by member states and serving as a guideline for the future vision and mission of the organisation. The Executive Board approved the programme last week and recommended its adoption at the upcoming World Health Assembly. The programme issued by the secretariat in autumn was revised twice, as countries requested amendments.

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WHO Antibiotic Resistance Data Shows Worrying Trend; Industry Ready To Help

Today the World Health Organization released its first set of surveillance data on antibiotic resistance. The data shows that resistance to antibiotics is growing among the world's most common bacteria, in both high- and low-income countries. Industry announced that it is in the process of making its surveillance data available.

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Contributors: JPO Refused To Register Wordmark “ROMEO GIGLI” Due To Lack Of Consent From Italian Fashion Designer

In a recent decision, the Appeal Board of Japan Patent Office (JPO) refused to register trademark application no. 2015- 100245 for a red-colored word mark “ROMEO GIGLI” in gothic script (see below) designating goods of Class 24 and 25 on the grounds that applicant failed to obtain a consent from Italian fashion designer, Romeo Gigli, based on Article 4(1)(viii) of the Trademark Law.

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Importance Of Flu Pandemic Preparedness Confirmed By WHO Board Decision

One hundred years after the great Spanish flu pandemic, World Health Organization members today underlined their satisfaction with the organisation’s framework to get countries best prepared for the next pandemic: The WHO Executive Board agreed on keeping most of the funds coming to the framework for preparedness measures, and a smaller portion for response measures, unless emergency strikes.

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Facing Tense IP And Health Talks, WHO Board Erupts Into Dance (Video)

Member nations of the World Health Organization became accustomed in recent years to singing by the WHO director general, and sometimes crying, but under the new DG there seems to be a move toward the whole room getting up in the middle of serious negotiations and ... dancing.

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