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[e-drug] Medicines Patent Pool Side-Events and Pre-Conferences at AIDS 2012

The Patent Pool will be hosting and participating several events on the 
occasion the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC and would 
like to invite any interested participants to addend. Any questions on the 
events can be directed to office@medicinespatentpool.org. The events include:

*PRE-CONFERENCES*

18 JULY: A CONSULTATION WITH THE MEDICINES PATENT POOL
The Patent Pool would like to invite LIVING2012 attendees, people living with 
HIV and their allies to a consultation with the Medicines Patent Pool on 
Wednesday 18 July 2012 from 14h00 to 17h00 in the Boardroom at 1875 Connecticut 
Ave NW, Washington, DC.

The consultation aims to share information regarding the Pool and its work with 
individuals living with HIV and their allies while gathering feedback from 
attendees regarding the Pool’s work and priorities, access issues related to 
intellectual property, and how the Pool can most effectively work to improve 
access to affordable, safe treatment for HIV and AIDS.
Please RSVP by clicking this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9W6DBB6.

Drinks and food will be provided at the event.

20-21 JULY: FAITH & AIDS CONFERENCE
This interfaith pre-conference will bring together approximately 500 religious 
and community leaders, faith-based representatives, young people and people 
living with HIV at Howard University in Washington, DC to discuss the AIDS 
response.

The Patent Pool’s Esteban Burrone will speak at a plenary session on 21 July at 
9am on challenges to scaling up access to antiretroviral treatment and possible 
solutions to achieving the international community’s commitment to universal 
access to HIV medicines.


*SIDE EVENTS*

25 JULY: THE FUTURE OF AFFORDABLE ART - TRENDS IN PATENTS AND PRICE
Oral Abstract Session at AIDS 2012, Session Room 7, 11:00 – 12:30 at the venue 
of the International AIDS Conference at the Walter E Washington Convention 
Center in Washington, DC.

Chan Park, the Medicines Patent Pool Executive Director (ad interim), will 
present the results of Patent Pool work to analyse current practices and key 
provisions in HIV voluntary licences, and their effect on public health 
outcomes.
http://pag.aids2012.org/session.aspx?s=228


25 JULY: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY - FOR US OR AGAINST US?
Oral Abstract Session at AIDS 2012, Session Room 8, 14:30 – 16:00 at the venue 
of the International AIDS Conference at the Walter E Washington Convention 
Center in Washington, DC.
Esteban Burrone, the Medicines Patent Pool Policy Advisor, will present an 
analysis of antiretroviral patent status in 69 low- and middle-income countries 
which sought to understand if patenting of HIV medicines is on the rise in 
developing countries.
http://pag.aids2012.org/session.aspx?s=240

25 JULY: THE MEDICINES PATENT POOL SATELLITE AT AIDS 2012
This satellite event, titled “Improving Access & Innovation in HIV Treatment: 
The Medicines Patent Pool and Other Approaches,” will take place at the venue 
for the International AIDS Conference at the Walter E Washington Convention 
Center in Washington, DC, Session Room 5, from 18:30 – 20:30.

The event will focus on access and innovation challenges with a special focus 
on the role of intellectual property rights, the Medicines Patent Pool and 
other approaches aimed at improving access to drugs and promoting innovation in 
HIV medicines that meet developing country needs.
http://pag.aids2012.org/session.aspx?s=319

22 JULY - 27 JULY: THE MEDICINES PATENT POOL BOOTH AT AIDS 2012
The Medicines Patent Pool’s booth at the International AIDS Conference is 
number 168 in the main Exhibition Hall. Visitors to the booth from people 
wishing to ask questions or just learn more about the Pool are both welcome and 
encouraged. Contact us to set up meetings at specific times with specific Pool 
staff members.

Kaitlin Mara 
Medicines Patent Pool
kmara@medicinespatentpool.org
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