[A2k] WIPO DG Gurry to embrace open patents for COVID?
sflynn at wcl.american.edu
Thu Apr 9 07:35:43 PDT 2020
A quick update as Director Gurry made another public statement on IP and COVID yesterday.
See WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ORGANIZATION DG ADDRESSES COVID-19; STATEMENT ON PATENT SHARING DUE THIS WEEK
Outgoing Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Francis Gurry, made two public statements this week addressing what he termed the “policy issues” raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. His initial response was that it is “far too early” to address access to medicine and other IP policy issues raised by COVID-19. But in a follow up briefing with the press he revealed that he favors a “special mechanism to share drug patents” and would be releasing a statement or policy on the issue later this week.
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