The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) is a global coalition of PLHIV and community activists working to achieve universal access to optimal HIV, HCV and TB treatment of those in need. Formed in 2003 by a group of 125 HIV activists from 65 countries at a meeting in Cape Town, ITPC actively advocates for treatment access in eight regions across the globe. ITPC believes that the fight for treatment remains one of the most significant global social justice issues.
The project Use of TRIPS Flexibilities to Increase Affordability of Treatment for HIV, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis C Virus in Middle-income Countries aims to address a critical gap in the global HIV response: access in some LMICs and in UMICs to newer, optimized antiretrovirals (ARVs) for preventing and treating HIV. Access to newer medicines that can cure tuberculosis (TB) and hepatitis C virus (HCV), two common, dangerous coinfections, among people living with HIV, is also necessary. Optimized ARVs are essential to reaching global HIV treatment targets, enacting the WHO ‘treat all’ recommendation and addressing the growing threat of resistance to non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs), which are widely used in first-line treatment.
The use of TRIPS flexibilities, as recommended by the UN High Level Panel on Access to Medicines, will be necessary to improve access to optimized ARVs, TB medicines and DAAs in some LMICs and UMICs. The combined use of different flexibilities by multiple partners can act in synergy. Patent oppositions have proven to be an effective strategy to enable cost savings and put more people on treatment. During the past three years, ITPC, in partnership with the Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA), FGEP, the All-Ukrainian Network PLHIV (100% Life), and AIDS Access Foundation (AAF) has challenged thirteen patents on key ARVs. These patent oppositions led to cumulative savings of US$472 million.
ITPC Global together with robust civil society organizations working on improving access to medicines in eligible countries to build capacity of local young professionals or future professionals interested in IP issues and access to medicines to be able to prepare and launch patent oppositions in the field of pharmaceuticals. The Asian Patent Oppositions Academy (POA) will serve as an enabling instrument for young professionals in IP law or chemistry to increase their knowledge, improve their practical skills in developing and filing patent oppositions in the area of pharmaceuticals in Indonesia, Morocco, Thailand, Vietnam.
The training will take place in 2021 over 3 weeks (exact dates to be defined later by ITPC) and shall consist of 7 hours of course study per week, 5 hours of which each week will include lectures and group sessions.
Consultant Scope of Work and Deliverables
ITPC is seeking a legal consultant to (in collaboration with other co-trainers):
· Develop four Power Point presentations for Patent Oppositions Academy for the participating countries in relation to legal content from a regional-level perspective on the following four topics: 1) patent application pathways, 2) decoding patent application content, 3) grounds to oppose with examples from actual cases from Asian country(ies), 4) patent search (6 days);
· Record 4 audio- and/or video-lecture-presentations embedded or complementary to the Power Point presentations to be used for the POA and/or participate as a lecturer for the 4 (1-2 hour) sessions (exact dates to be defined later by ITPC) (2 days).
Duration of Consultancy
· 8 days between 1 December to 31 July 2021
Education & Experience Requirements
· Minimum 5 years relevant experience in working on patent law issues, including on filing patent oppositions, patent litigation, in the field of pharmaceuticals;
· Graduate degree in law required;
· Experience in teaching patent law related topics is a plus;
· Experience on practicing patent law in the field of pharmaceuticals in Asian country(ies) is a plus.
The funding is available for no more than 8 days. Payments shall be partially made upon completion of each deliverable by the consultant.
 Report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines: Promoting innovation and access to health technologies [Online] September 2016 [Cited 2019 August 04] Available from: http://www.unsgaccessmeds.org/final-report/
The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) is a global coalition of PLHIV and community activists working to achieve universal access to optimal HIV, HCV and TB treatment of those in need. Formed in 2003 by a group…
Fluency in English
Fluency in English
Send resume with cover letter & consultancy daily rate or lump sum honorarium to email@example.com with the subject line “Patent Opposition Academy Regional Legal Trainer – Application: Your Name” by 27th November 2020.
Send resume with cover letter & consultancy daily rate or lump sum honorarium to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Patent Opposition Academy…