[Ip-health] The NIH patent license agreement with the UNITAID supported Medicines Patent Pool for patents on darunavir

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Thu Sep 30 08:45:45 PDT 2010


KEI Statement on NIH license of darunavir to the Medicines Patent Pool.

"The announcement today by the White House that the NIH is providing a  
royalty free license for patents on darunavir to the Medicines Patent  
Pool is a welcome political statement that the Obama Administration  
recognizes the importance of a competitive supply of low cost generic  
medicines in the struggle to make AIDS treatment sustainable. The  
involvement of NIH Director Francis Collins provides a signal to other  
patent owners that the time is now to embrace a policy  of open  
licensing of patents to the Medicines Patent Pool. There is much more  
the NIH can do, and much more other patent owners can do. This is the  
beginning of a campaign to obtain licenses voluntarily. The  
alternatives to the success of voluntary measures are confronting the  
challenges of obtaining non-voluntary licenses, or shrinking the  
number of persons who will receive treatment. I think everyone  
recognizes the stake are very high." James Love, Director, Knowledge  
Ecology International.

30 September 2010


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

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