UAEM - Licensing and patenting practices of COVID-19 technologies

Sarai Keestra made this Freedom of Information request to Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

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Dear Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine,

Firstly I would thank you for the quick response after my request for Internal Review yesterday. I am very grateful for your answer. Please find below a second FOI request to your institution.

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

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

Yours faithfully,

Sarai Keestra

Freedom of Information, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

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From: Sarai Keestra <[FOI #701601 email]>
Sent: 24 October 2020 14:49
To: Freedom of Information <[Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - UAEM - Licensing and patenting
practices of COVID-19 technologies

 

Dear Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine,

Firstly I would thank you for the quick response after my request for
Internal Review yesterday. I am very grateful for your answer. Please find
below a second FOI request to your institution.

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

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 [[4]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
[[5]https://www.upcounsel.com/what-is-a-pate...

Licence: Permission for the licensee to use the intellectual property
rights

Source: TaylorWessing, available online
[[6]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
[[7]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
[[8]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 ([9]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.

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

Yours faithfully,

Sarai Keestra

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Dear Data Protection Team,

I would kindly like to remind you to respond to the FOI request "UAEM - Licensing and patenting practices of COVID-19 technologies" which is by now overdue. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic other universities have been able to answer our questions within the legal timeframe. We urgently request you to respond as well, by the 7th of December the latest. Thank you and have a nice week.

Yours sincerely,

Sarai Keestra

Freedom of Information, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

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Sarai

 

Thank you for your email.

 

Please see attached response to your FOI request on this topic.

 

Kind Regards

 

James Milligan

Data Protection Officer

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

 

(+44) 0151 705 3190

 

Currently working remotely

 

Please note that I work part time-Mon and Tues 0915-1545  Wed 0915-1515 .

 

Freedom of Information requests should be directed
to: [1][Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine request email] and Subject Access Requests or data breach
concerns to: [2][email address]

 

 

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

A company limited by guarantee

Registered company number 83408 England and Wales

Registered charity number: 222655

Registered address: Pembroke Place Liverpool L3 5QA UK 

 

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From: Sarai Keestra <[FOI #701601 email]>
Sent: 29 November 2020 21:40
To: Freedom of Information <[Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine request email]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - UAEM - Licensing and
patenting practices of COVID-19 technologies

 

Dear Data Protection Team,

I would kindly like to remind you to respond to the FOI request "UAEM -
Licensing and patenting practices of COVID-19 technologies" which is by
now overdue. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic other universities have been
able to answer our questions within the legal timeframe. We urgently
request you to respond as well, by the 7th of December the latest. Thank
you and have a nice week.

Yours sincerely,

Sarai Keestra

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