[A2k] WIPO DG Gurry to embrace open patents for COVID?

Sean Flynn 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
http://infojustice.org/archives/42235

SNIP:
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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