[Ip-health] WHO covid-19 IP pool launches this week without strong pharma support

Susan Isiko Strba susan.isiko.strba at bluewin.ch
Fri May 29 04:10:14 PDT 2020

This Friday sees the launch of a much-anticipated World Health 
Organisation platform intended to pool IP rights, data and know-how 
relating to covid-19 healthcare products.

The voluntary pool’s success depends on the participation of major life 
sciences innovators. But, while pharma and biotech companies have 
departed from “business as usual” in their efforts to tackle the global 
pandemic, many regard an open IP-sharing model as a step too far. 
Industry’s willingness to engage may depend on the precise terms under 
which rights are shared; but many of the pool’s advocates are suggesting 
that incentives and pressure will need to be applied to ensure 



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