[Ip-health] New Book: An Update on Intellectual Property Cliams Related to Global Pandemic Influenza Preparedness

Sangeeta ssangeeta at myjaring.net
Thu Sep 8 01:13:57 PDT 2011

Title : New Book: An Update on Intellectual Property Cliams Related to
Global Pandemic Influenza Preparedness
 Date : 08 September 2011


New Book Release

An Update on Intellectual Property Claims Related to Global Pandemic
Influenza Preparedness

Author: Edward Hammond

Publisher: TWN
ISBN: 978-967-5412-57-8
Year: 2011   No. of pages: 32
16.5 cm x 24 cm

About the Book

Amid the continued threat of influenza pandemics, the field of pandemic
influenza research is being subjected to increasing intellectual property
coverage as new influenza strains appear and vaccine and diagnostic
technologies change. Concern has arisen that this plethora of patent claims
is impeding access to anti-influenza technologies and products, particularly
vaccines, especially in the developing world.

Following up on a 2007 review by the author (published as Intellectual
Property Rights Series No. 12), this paper provides an updated overview of
trends in patenting activity related to pandemic influenza preparedness
(PIP). Some specific patent applications are also briefly examined as
representative examples of the patent claims currently being made in this
area. In addition, the paper offers a critical perspective on a recent
report by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) which
similarly surveys PIP-related patenting activity.

In light of the patenting trends highlighted, this paper raises the need for
equitable sharing of the benefits arising from pandemic influenza research,
in order not to impair developing and other countries¹ responsive capacity
in the event of a pandemic.

About the Author

Edward Hammond directs Prickly Research (www.pricklyresearch.com), a
research and writing consultancy based in Austin, Texas, USA. He has worked
on biodiversity and infectious disease issues since 1994. From 1999 to 2008
Hammond directed the Sunshine Project, an international non-governmental
organization specializing in biological weapons control. Hammond was
Programme Officer for the Rural Advancement Foundation International (now
the ETC Group) from 1995 to 1999. He holds MS and MA degrees from the
University of Texas at Austin, where he was an Inter-American Foundation
Masters Fellow.


1  Introduction
2  Patent Applications Related to Pandemic Influenza
3  Summaries of Selected Recent Patent Applications
4  Comments on the WIPO Patent Search Report on
Pandemic Influenza Preparedness

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