[Ip-health] UNITAID Statement on status of the Patent Pool
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Fri Jul 23 06:37:55 PDT 2010
UNITAID STATEMENT ON THE MEDICINES PATENT POOL
Geneva, 22 July 2010 -- The UNITAID Medicines Patent Pool Initiative has
been met with a great degree of interest at the International AIDS
Conference this week.
The medicines patent pool will be managed by the Medicines Patent Pool
Foundation (MPPF), which will soon open for business and will be in a
position to begin formal negotiations with the patent holders. The
Medicines Patent Pool Foundation will initially focus exclusively on
Discussions with a number of key ARV patent holders over the past few
months have been encouraging. Some patent holders have expressed
considerable interest in the initiative, and have been commended for
that, including in the recently published Access to Medicines Index.
However, contrary to some of this week's media reports, no licensing
agreements have been reached with any patent holders; recent and current
conversations with the patent holders have been preliminary to the
Medicines Patent Pool Foundation becoming fully operational.
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