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UAEM - Licensing and patenting practices of COVID-19 technologies

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Dear University of Dundee,

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

Dear University of Dundee,

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 faithfully,

Sarai Keestra

FreedomOfInformation, University of Dundee

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University of Dundee

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Dear University of Dundee,

I am sending you a final reminder to reply to the FOI request from the 24th of October titled "UAEM - Licensing and patenting practices of COVID-19 technologies." I would like to ask for an internal review of my request and why it has not been responded to within the legal time frame (before the 20th of November). I would be very grateful for your reply.

Yours faithfully,

Sarai Keestra

FreedomOfInformation, University of Dundee

Dear Ms Keestra,
Please accept my apologies that we have not managed to provide a response
to your questions. Covid-19 has impacted us negatively in our ability to
respond to requests in a timely fashion. Firstly, by reducing resources
such as staff time to respond to requests (as staff have been required to
undertake time sensitive business tasks to combat the impact of Covid-19
on the University). Also, we have seen a sizable increase in requests,
most notably relating to Covid-19 and the effects it has had on the
University and the University community. This combination of less staff
resource to handle requests coupled with an increase in requests has meant
we have not been able to respond to you in a timely manner. 
The best person to answer your questions is on annual leave at the moment,
returning tomorrow. I will put your questions to them on their return with
the hope we can have a substantial response to you by close of business on
Friday 18/12/2020, or sooner depending on when the answers are made
available to us. 
I would like to apologise for any inconvenience this has caused you.  
Kind regards,
Alan 

--    

Alan Coull    

Trainee Information Governance Officer    

Culture & Information    

University of Dundee    

Dundee DD1 4HN    

     

t: 01382 385615    

[1]http://www.dundee.ac.uk/information-gove...

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can also seek to enforce your right through  judicial remedy.    

     

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From: Sarai Keestra <[FOI #701604 email]>
Sent: 13 December 2020 17:04
To: FreedomOfInformation <[email address]>
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - UAEM -
Licensing and patenting practices of COVID-19 technologies
 
Dear University of Dundee,

I am sending you a final reminder to reply to the FOI request from the
24th of October titled "UAEM - Licensing and patenting practices of
COVID-19 technologies." I would like to ask for an internal review of my
request and why it has not been responded to within the legal time frame
(before the 20th of November). I would be very grateful for your reply.

Yours faithfully,

Sarai Keestra

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FreedomOfInformation, University of Dundee

Dear Ms Keestra,
Thank you for your patience while I actioned your request with colleagues.
They have confirmed to me that the University of Dundee has not licensed
or patented any Covid-19 technologies and have no immediate plans to do so
either. We have not altered our licensing or patent polices or signed any
pledges in respect of Covid-19. 

I trust that this information is helpful. Please feel free to contact me
if I can be of further assistance.            

             

Kind regards,             

             

Alan            

           

--                

Alan Coull                

Information Governance Officer                

Culture & Information                

University of Dundee                

Dundee DD1 4HN                

                 

t: 01382 385615                

[1]http://www.dundee.ac.uk/information-gove...

This email is not legal advice and should not be considered in that
way.                

                 

Should you wish to appeal any decision concerning the release of
information under FoI(S)A by the University please respond
to [2][University of Dundee request email]. The University will then review
your appeal according to the procedures
at [3]http://www.dundee.ac.uk/information-gove...

                 

If you are unhappy with the outcome of that review please forward your
appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle,
Doubledykes Rd, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS
([4]www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal).                

If you remain dissatisfied following an appeal to the Scottish Information
Commissioner your recourse is to the Court of Session on a point of
law.                

                 

If you are unhappy with the handling of a request for personal data,
please refer to the University in the first instance
at [5][email address]. If you remain dissatisfied, please
forward your appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office (see the
information
here [6]https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/you...). You
can also seek to enforce your right through  judicial
remedy.                

                 

For more information on how the University uses personal data (including
data sharing with the Higher Education Statistics Agency)  please
see [7]www.dundee.ac.uk/information-governance/dataprotection.      

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From: FreedomOfInformation <[email address]>
Sent: 14 December 2020 15:20
To: Sarai Keestra <[FOI #701604 email]>
Subject: Re: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - UAEM -
Licensing and patenting practices of COVID-19 technologies
 
Dear Ms Keestra,
Please accept my apologies that we have not managed to provide a response
to your questions. Covid-19 has impacted us negatively in our ability to
respond to requests in a timely fashion. Firstly, by reducing resources
such as staff time to respond to requests (as staff have been required to
undertake time sensitive business tasks to combat the impact of Covid-19
on the University). Also, we have seen a sizable increase in requests,
most notably relating to Covid-19 and the effects it has had on the
University and the University community. This combination of less staff
resource to handle requests coupled with an increase in requests has meant
we have not been able to respond to you in a timely manner. 
The best person to answer your questions is on annual leave at the moment,
returning tomorrow. I will put your questions to them on their return with
the hope we can have a substantial response to you by close of business on
Friday 18/12/2020, or sooner depending on when the answers are made
available to us. 
I would like to apologise for any inconvenience this has caused you.  
Kind regards,
Alan 

--    

Alan Coull    

Trainee Information Governance Officer    

Culture & Information    

University of Dundee    

Dundee DD1 4HN    

     

t: 01382 385615    

[8]http://www.dundee.ac.uk/information-gove...

This email is not legal advice and should not be considered in that
way.    

     

Should you wish to appeal any decision concerning the release of
information under FoI(S)A by the University please respond
to [9][University of Dundee request email]. The University will then review
your appeal according to the procedures
at [10]http://www.dundee.ac.uk/information-gove...

     

If you are unhappy with the outcome of that review please forward your
appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle,
Doubledykes Rd, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS
([11]www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal).    

If you remain dissatisfied following an appeal to the Scottish Information
Commissioner your recourse is to the Court of Session on a point of
law.    

     

If you are unhappy with the handling of a request for personal data,
please refer to the University in the first instance
at [12][email address]. If you remain dissatisfied, please
forward your appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office (see the
information
here [13]https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/you...). You
can also seek to enforce your right through  judicial remedy.    

     

For more information on how the University uses personal data (including
data sharing with the Higher Education Statistics Agency)  please
see [14]www.dundee.ac.uk/information-governance/dataprotection.    

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From: Sarai Keestra <[FOI #701604 email]>
Sent: 13 December 2020 17:04
To: FreedomOfInformation <[email address]>
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - UAEM -
Licensing and patenting practices of COVID-19 technologies
 
Dear University of Dundee,

I am sending you a final reminder to reply to the FOI request from the
24th of October titled "UAEM - Licensing and patenting practices of
COVID-19 technologies." I would like to ask for an internal review of my
request and why it has not been responded to within the legal time frame
(before the 20th of November). I would be very grateful for your reply.

Yours faithfully,

Sarai Keestra

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