Assessment of the licensing and patenting practices of UK's leading medical research institutions

Sarai Keestra made this Freedom of Information request to London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

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Dear London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine,

The FOI request below is being filed on behalf of UAEM-UK. Please note that the answers to these questions will be used to determine the university’s score in the forthcoming Global Health Ranking of leading UK universities by Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) UK.

We encourage you to read this background briefing before compiling your response:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GMzH...

Thank you very much for your time & best wishes,
Sarai Keestra - Universities Allied for Essential Medicines UK

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For the purpose of clarity, please adhere to the following definitions when answering these questions:

Definitions

Low and middle income country: A country that is defined as ‘low’, ‘lower-middle’ and ‘upper-middle’ income by the World Bank for the year 2018. Income status defined by GNI per capita.
Source: World bank, available online [https://tinyurl.com/jr6s6fm]

Patent: A form of intellectual property (IP) rights protection, whereby a government grants to the inventor, the right to stop others from making, using or selling the product without their permission for a limited period.
Source: Upcouncil, available online [https://www.upcounsel.com/copyright-trad...

Licence: Contracts that transfer IP rights from the owner of the rights to a third party for use.
Source: Upcouncil, available online [https://www.upcounsel.com/copyright-trad...

Exclusive Licence: A licence that allows only the named licensee to exploit the relevant IP rights, the licensor is also excluded from exploiting these IP rights.
Source: TaylorWessing, available online [https://united-kingdom.taylorwessing.com...

Non-Exclusive Licence: A licence that grants any number of licensees to exploit the IP.
Source: TaylorWessing, available online [https://united-kingdom.taylorwessing.com...

Health Technology: ‘Health technology as defined by the WHO: “A health technology is the application of organized knowledge and skills in the form of devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures and systems developed to solve a health problem and improve quality of lives.’ Source: WHO, available online [http://www.who.int/health-technology-ass...

Q1. Has the university committed to licensing its medical discoveries in ways that promote access and affordability in Low- and Middle- Income Countries? If yes, please provide a link or PDF to the relevant policy document.

Q2. Please provide an Excel spreadsheet with headings as displayed below with all the health technologies LICENSED by the university in the past year AND specify which countries they were licensed in AND specify whether they are exclusive or non-exclusive licenses.

Health Technology Licensed | Country of Licensing | Type of License (Exclusive or Non-Exclusive)

Q3. Please provide an Excel spreadsheet with all the health technologies PATENTED by the university in the past year AND specify which countries they were patented in.

Q4.Has the university shared its best practices for promoting access to medicines through non-exclusive licensing by carrying out any of the following activities?
- Contributed sample clauses to the AUTM Global Health Toolkit
- Published an article, guidance, or other literature on access licensing practices
- Formally presented on access licensing practices at an academic or professional event, or at another university
- Informally shared or discussed access licensing practices with administrators at other universities
- Other
- None
(Tick as appropriate)

Q5. What actions has the technology transfer office (TTO) undertaken in the past year to improve access to the technologies they license in low- and middle-income settings?

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Yours faithfully,

Sarai Keestra

Dear London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine,

It has been pointed out to me that the link to the background briefing in our FOI request was broken. Please accept my sincerest apologies for this inconvenience. This link should now be working: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GMzH...

Yours sincerely,

Sarai Keestra

Dear London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of University of Southampton's handling of my FOI request 'Assessment of the licensing and patenting practices of UK's leading medical research institutions'.
The time frame set by law for responding to this FOI request has expired and is currently 14 days (10 working days) overdue. I have not received any clarification as to why my FOI request has been delayed.

Please note that UAEM is planning to compile their global health ranking during the second half of December. The majority of the universities we sent FOI requests to have responded within the legal timeframe. We are therefore highly unlikely to be able to take into account information supplied after the 7th of December. We may be forced to score the university with 0 points on all dimensions if you cannot provide the information requested in our FOI by the 7th of December.

Therefore, I urge you to prioritise responding to this FOI request.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

Sarai Keestra

LSHTM Servicedesk, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

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Your request Internal review of Freedom of Information request -
Assessment of the licensing has now been completed.

Dear Ms Keestra,

Thank you for your email, our records indicate that this Freedom of
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Your request Internal review of Freedom of Information request -
Assessment of the licensing has now been completed.

Dear Ms Keestra,

Thank you for your email, our records indicate that this Freedom of
Information request was responded to on 7 November 2018. However, please
accept my apologies, if this did not reach you. I reattach our response to
your Freedom of Information request.

In light of the above, please let me know if you would still like us to
conduct an internal review and I will forward this on to the Secretary &
Registrar in accordance with our procedures.

Some standard sections follow on the re-use of the information which has
been supplied to you, and your right to appeal if you are dissatisfied
with our handling of your request.
 
Re-use of the information supplied to you
The copyright of any information which has been supplied to you will be
owned by LSHTM unless otherwise indicated. The supply of information under
the Freedom of Information Act or the Environmental Information
Regulations does not give the person or organisation who receives it an
automatic right to re-use the information in a way which would infringe
copyright, for example, by making multiple copies, publishing and issuing
copies to the public.

Brief extracts of any material which is supplied to you may be reproduced
under the fair dealing provisions of the Copyright, Designs and Patents
Act 1988 (sections 29 and 30) for research or private study for
non-commercial purposes, criticism, review or news reporting. More
extensive re-use must only be carried out with prior written permission
from LSHTM.
Enquiries about the re-use of material should be directed to the Archivist
& Records Manager (email: [email address]).
 
Your right to appeal
If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your Freedom of Information
or Environmental Information request, you are encouraged to contact
[London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine request email] in the first instance, to determine if your concerns can
be resolved informally. This may lead to a quicker resolution of your
complaint than a formal appeal.

If you remain dissatisfied, you can ask for an internal review of LSHTM's
handling of your request. Appeals should be submitted promptly, and within
12 months of the School's response to your request. If you wish to
complain about a request to which we responded more than 12 months ago,
you should contact the Information Commissioner (see below), as LSHTM will
not process your appeal.
Appeals should be sent in writing to the Secretary at the following
address. You should state as fully as possible why you think your request
was not dealt with in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act or
the Environmental Information Regulations, and the remedy which you are
seeking from the School:
 
Secretary
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
Email: [email address]
 
The Secretary will assign your appeal to a review committee, and will
acknowledge receipt of your appeal. The chair of the review committee will
respond to your appeal within 40 working days of its receipt by the
Secretary. If the review committee decides that information should be
released to you, the information will be provided to you as soon as is
practically possible.
 
If you are dissatisfied with LSHTM's response to your appeal, you can
apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision on whether your
request has been dealt with in accordance with the requirements of the
Freedom of Information Act or the Environmental Information Regulations.
The Commissioner will normally require you to have gone through our
internal appeal process first before he considers your appeal. If the
Commissioner finds in your favour, the Commissioner can require LSHTM to
release the information to you. The Commissioner can be contacted at the
following address:
 
Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
United Kingdom
 
Further information about your right to appeal to the Information
Commissioner is available on the Commissioner's website
(http://www.ico.gov.uk/).
 
Please do not hesitate to contact [London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine request email] if you have any
questions relating to our response to your request.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Freedom of Information Team

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