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Dutch propose evaluation of the IP system for medical innovation: Civil Society supports!

Civil Society urges Member States to defend the need for a critical review of the intellectual property system and incentives for medical innovation June 2nd 2016, BRUSSELS—The signing Civil Society organisations call on Member States to resist pressure from the pharmaceutical

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Posted in democracy, Europe, IP, knowledge commons

Roundtable: Why the EU needs Knowledge Commons

On June 1st, hosted by Isabella Adinolfi in cooperation with Commons Network, civil society considers Internet, copyright, health and climate in EU knowledge policy from a commons perspective.”.  From 11.30 – 13.00 at the Altiero Spinelli Building – Seven floor

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Posted in Climate, Data, Europe, IP, knowledge commons

Dutch EU Presidency takes note of excessive IP protection for medicines

 Call for backing comes as Health Ministers meet in Amsterdam today 18 April 2016    AMSTERDAM—We strongly support the Dutch European Union (EU) Presidency’s critique of the current over-protection and misuse of intellectual property and related rights for pharmaceuticals, and

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Posted in Europe, IP, knowledge commons

Why you should be concerned about TTIP and Access to Medicines

February 17 2016. Both the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) are confronted with increasingly high medicine prices. European Member States are facing a looming access to medicines crisis as they struggle to afford new, patented, high-priced medicines.

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Posted in Europe, IP, knowledge commons, TTIP

The EU can take the lead for affordability, openness and accessibility

Below is a short summary of David Hammerstein’s talk at the event “Health for sale”, The Hague, February 6th, 2016 The present model of biomedical innovation is morally unacceptable because it cannot be universalized to permit affordable, effective and safe

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Posted in Data, Europe, IP, knowledge commons, TTIP

Stop Trade Secrets- A Dangerous EU Legislation Which Must Be Rejected

What is the problem? Trade secrets are everything companies keep secret to stay ahead of competitors. A secret recipe or manufacturing process, plans of a new product, prototypes… The theft of trade secrets can be a real problem for companies,

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Posted in Europe, IP, knowledge commons, TTIP

Images: Public Space in the Digital Age- October 1st European Parliament

On October 1st Commons Network in cooperation with the European Green Group and the Heinrich Böll Foundation held and expert meeting and pannel event at the European Parliament: Internet as a Commons. The event was both visionary and operation regarding

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Posted in Data, democracy, IP, knowledge commons

Internet as a Commons in the European Parliament

On the 1st of October The Commons Network, the Green Group  and the Heinrich Böll Foundation organised Internet as a Commons: Public Space in the Digital Age. We explored the need for a comprehensive new narrative for the Internet. A narrative that

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Posted in Data, democracy, IP, knowledge commons, Uncategorized

A Commons Approach to European Knowledge Policy

How can we address the high prices of medicines that are straining health budgets? How can openly sharing green knowledge help an agreement at the climate change talks in Paris this year? How could TTIP further privatize knowledge and what

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Posted in Climate, Data, democracy, Europe, IP, knowledge commons

End of Transparency: Paving the way for Trade Secrets in TTIP

June 15th, Brussels, in EUROPOLITICS: Fear struck communities in 2009 as the H1N1 influenza virus (commonly known as swine flu) erupted around the world. On the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO), which swiftly defined the outbreak as a pandemic,

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Posted in Data, democracy, Europe, IP, knowledge commons, TTIP
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