[Ip-health] Swiss IP office and Swiss Federal Office of Public Health: The Medicines Patent Pool - a new initiative to help increasing access to medicines for the developing world

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Mon Oct 18 14:00:10 PDT 2010


The Medicines Patent Pool - a new initiative to help increasing access  
to medicines for the developing world
Date: 20.10.2010
Temps: 12:15 - 13:15
Organisateur: Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property and  
Federal Office of Public Health
Lieu: Federal Office of Public Health FOPH, Seilerstrasse 8, 3003 Bern

The principle of a patent pool is to facilitate the availability of  
new technologies by making licenses for patents more readily available  
to entities other than the patent holders. The objective of the  
Medicines Patent Pool, established with the support of UNITAID, is to  
reduce prices and ensure the availability of new and improved AIDS  
medicines. The Pool will initially focus on seeking licenses for newer  
products that are expensive in developing countries, such as improved  
first-line treatment regimens or the second- and third-line regimens  
needed when older products fail. The Pool will also seek licenses for  
technology that could be used to develop  important products that are  
currently unavailable, such as medicines adapted for children. The  
Pool will complement the other market-based mechanisms UNITAID uses to  
stimulate the availability of more appropriate and affordable  
medicines, such as reliable financing and bulk purchasing.

A medicines patent pool can be a solution and produce newer, less  
toxic medicines at more affordable prices for people in developing  
countries and thus have a considerable impact on public health.  
Additionally, pharmaceutical research often does not deliver products  
adapted to meet the specific treatment needs of people in developing  
countries because of insufficient market incentives. Here again, a  
patent pool can be a solution.

In her presentation, Ellen F. M. 't Hoen provide us with an insight  
view on how the medicines patent pool, works in practice and what its  
opportunities and challenges are.

Ellen F. M. 't Hoen, LL.M.
Senior Adviser for Intellectual Property and Medicines Patent Pool at  

October 20, 2010

12h15 - 13h15 hours (from 11h45 sandwichs and softdrinks will be  


Federal Office of Public Health
Seilerstrasse 8
3003 Bern

Participation is free of charge and a variety of sandwiches will be  
provided. Due to limited number of seats we kindly ask you to confirm  
your participation by sending a short e-mail by Friday, 08 October  
2010 to traininganti spam bot at ipianti spam bot.ch or using the  
electronic form.


Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)
thiru at keionline.org

Tel: +41 22 791 6727
Mobile: +41 76 508 0997

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