[Ip-health] Lengthening Patent Terms by 10 Years is Exactly the Wrong Response to COVID-19 | Electronic Frontier Foundation

James Love james.love at keionline.org
Thu Apr 9 11:31:36 PDT 2020


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But in the U.S., lobbyists and lawyers for patent owners are pushing our
government to move in the exact opposite direction. And they may succeed.
Last week, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) introduced a bill that gives 10 extra
years of patent rights (on top of the usual 20 years) to any “new or
existing pharmaceutical, medical device, or other process, machine,
manufacture, or composition of matter.” The patent rights grab, included in
a bill that’s ostensibly about limiting medical lawsuits, also applies to
improvements on existing technology.

Sasse’s bill does prevent issued patents that relate to COVID-19 from
taking effect until after the current national emergency declaration ends.
But that reasonable limitation is coupled with an unnecessary and damaging
giveaway of 10 extra years of patent exclusivity.
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