UAEM - Licensing and patenting practices of COVID-19 technologies

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Dear Lancaster University,

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

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Dear Sarai Keestra,
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Dear Sarai Keestra

Many thanks for submitting a Freedom Of Information request. 

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Dear Sarai Keestra,
Thank you for submitting a request for information from Lancaster University under the
Freedom of Information Act.
Your request ID is: FOI-4428. Please quote this in all enquiries.
We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as possible, and this will be
within a maximum of twenty working days from the working day following receipt. If we
do not hold the information you have requested, we will confirm this to you.
If you have supplied an email address, contact will usually be via email, otherwise,
this will be by letter.
Should we require further clarification in order to respond to your request, or if the
request is chargeable, we will contact you. We appreciate your patience while we deal
with your request. If you have an enquiry regarding your request, email:
[email address]
The personal information you have supplied will be stored by Lancaster University
under the terms of the Data Protection Act 2018 and used to process the request.
Lancaster University will never sell personal information or data or share personal
information or data with third parties unrelated to the services we provide unless we
are required to do so by law or unless you have told us you consent to our doing this.
Yours sincerely
Information Governance Team
Information Governance
Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, United Kingdom, LA1 4YW
+44 (0)1524 93247 [email address]

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Dear Sarai Keestra,
Please find attached the response to your recent Freedom of Information request.
Yours sincerely
Information Governance Team
Information Governance
Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, United Kingdom, LA1 4YW
+44 (0)1524 93247 [email address]
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