[A2k] COVID-19: Call on WIPO to take a stand

Teresa Hackett teresa.hackett at eifl.net
Tue Apr 7 03:57:46 PDT 2020


Global groups representing researchers, educators, students and the
institutions that support them (such as libraries) ask WIPO to take a stand
so that IP systems are a support, not a hindrance, in fighting the COVID-19
pandemic

EIFL worked with partner organizations in drafting an open letter to the
Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr
Francis Gurry, calling on WIPO to ensure that intellectual property (IP)
systems are a support, not a hindrance, in global efforts to tackle the
coronavirus crisis, and its consequences. *Update 7 April: the letter has
been endorsed by more than 300 organizations and individuals in 45
countries.*

The open letter highlights how the pandemic has shone a bright light on the
importance of limitations and exceptions to IP rights to enable scientific
discovery and human flourishing. For example, a Canadian text and data
mining project that scoured copyrighted news articles, among other data,
enabled researchers at a start-up company to send the first warnings to the
world of the spread of the virus. The research was enabled by Canada’s
flexible fair dealing right for research purposes. And the earliest
potential treatments for the virus are being enabled by experimental use
exceptions to patent rights on existing medicines.

Read more: https://www.eifl.net/news/covid-19-call-wipo-take-stand

The letter remains open for endorsements here
<https://tinyurl.com/WIPOCOVIDSignOn>.



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*Teresa Hackett*
Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager
*EIFL* - Electronic Information for Libraries
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