Licensing and patenting practices of UK research institutions.

Currently waiting for a response from University of Cambridge, they should respond promptly and normally no later than (details).

Florence Rodgers

Dear University of Cambridge,

In October 2018, we sent an FOI request asking for information about the licensing practices of your university.

We have yet to receive an adequate response.

We would appreciate it if you could send a response to the updated FOI request below as a matter of urgency.

The updated request is listed below:

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…

START FOI request:

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 period 18th October 2018 and 18th October 2019 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 a list of patents granted to your organization in the period 18th October 2018 and 18th October 2019, listed by patent family, indicating countries/regions in which the patent has been granted.

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 period 18th October 2018 and 18th October 2019 to improve access to the technologies they license in low- and middle-income settings?
END FOI request.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me by email.

Yours faithfully,

Florence Rodgers
UAEM Representative

FOI, University of Cambridge

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request for information. Your reference number is given in the subject line of this email. We will respond on or before 1 April 2020.

Regards,

Freedom of Information Office
University of Cambridge
Registrary's Office, The Old Schools
Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TN
T: (01223 7)64142
F: (01223 3)32332
E: [email address]

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Further to your request for information, please find attached the University’s response.

Regards,

Freedom of Information Office
University of Cambridge
Registrary's Office, The Old Schools
Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TN
E: [email address]

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