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Licensing and patenting practices of COVID-19 technologies

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Dear University of St. Andrews,
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/y5dwc2qv]
A patent grants an inventor the exclusive rights to his or her invention. A patent holder can stop other people from selling, manufacturing, producing, or using the invention for a certain period of time.
Source: Upcouncil, available online [https://www.upcounsel.com/what-is-a-pate...
Licence: Permission for the licensee to use the intellectual property rights
Source: TaylorWessing, available online [https://www.taylorwessing.com/download/a...
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.
Non-Exclusive Licence: A licence that grants any number of licensees to exploit the IP.
Source: TaylorWessing, available online [https://www.taylorwessing.com/synapse/co...
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 [https://www.who.int/health-technology-as...

START FOI request:
Q1. Can you release your internal strategy regarding licensing and patenting of COVID-19 related health technologies?
Q2. Does the institution have a formal policy on licensing and patenting of COVID-19 related technologies? If yes, please provide a link or PDF to the relevant policy document.
Q3. Has the university considered updating their strategy regarding the licensing and patenting of health technologies since the start of the pandemic?
Q4. Please provide an Excel spreadsheet with headings as displayed below with all the COVID-19 related health technologies LICENSED by the university 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)
Q5. Please provide a list of patents granted to your organization for any COVID-19 related health technologies listed by patent family, indicating countries/regions in which the patent has been granted.

Q6. Does the institution have any plans on signing up to the Open-COVID pledge (https://opencovidpledge.org/) or any similar initiative that seeks to minimise intellectual property rights barriers during the COVID-19 pandemic? If yes, please specify.

Q7. Is the institution considering the licensing of COVID-19 related health technologies to the Covid Technology Access Pool (C-TAP) or the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) during the pandemic? If yes, please specify.

END FOI request.
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Yours faithfully,
Victor Liao

Freedom of Information, University of St Andrews

Dear Victor,

Thank you for your information request received today, 26 Octobr 2020 in relation to licensing and patenting practices of Covid-19 technologies.

You will receive a response as soon as possible and within the timeframe prescribed in section 10 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 i.e. no later than 23 November 2020.

Should any clarification be needed to assist in the processing of your enquiry I will be back in touch at the earliest opportunity. In the meantime, should you have any queries about your information request please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

June

June Weir
Information Assurance and Governance Officer
Office of the Principal

University of St Andrews
Butts Wynd Building
Butts Wynd
St Andrews KY16 9AJ
Fife, Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)1334 462776

www.st-andrews.ac.uk

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Dear Victor,

 

Please find attached the University’s response to your request below for
information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

June

 

 

 

 

June Weir

Information Assurance and Governance Officer

Office of the Principal

 

University of St Andrews

Butts Wynd Building

Butts Wynd

St Andrews KY16 9AJ

Fife, Scotland

 

Tel: +44 (0)1334 462776

 

www.st-andrews.ac.uk

 

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