‘Intellectual Property Rights, the Public Interest and COVID-19’

“In the grip of a world pandemic of COVID-19 when scientists are racing to develop a cure, the idea of anyone claiming intellectual property rights to the exclusive use of the cure may seem difficult to rationalise. Yet patents are intended to benefit the public by encouraging technological advancement through granting inventors a limited exclusive period to exploit their inventions. How could these two points intersect in the context of the present emergency? …” (more)

[Abbe Brown, Catherine Ng and Titilayo Adebola, University of Aberdeen School of Law Blog, 7 April]

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