UAEM - Licensing and patenting practices of UK research institutions 2019-2020

Sarai Keestra made this Freedom of Information request to University of Edinburgh

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Dear University of Edinburgh,

We have previously sent FOI requests asking for information about the licensing practices of UK universities. This was concerning the time period 18th October 2018 to 18th October 2019. We are now looking to update the information for the following year, 19th October 2019 to 19th October 2020.

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/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. 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 19th October 2019 to 19th October 2020 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 19th October 2019 to 19th October 2020, listed by patent family, indicating countries/regions in which the patent has been granted.

Q4. In the period 19th October 2019 to 19th October 2020, 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 19th October 2019 to 19th October 2020 to improve access to the technologies they license in low-and middle-income settings?

END FOI request.
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Yours faithfully,

Sarai Keestra

Records Management, University of Edinburgh

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Records Management, University of Edinburgh

Dear Sarai Keestra

Thank you for your email of 31 October 2020 requesting information about licences and patents.

As explained in our automatic reply message, the University’s working arrangements are affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. Unfortunately, I am currently unable to tell you exactly when you will receive a response to your request. However, I can confirm that it is actively being progressed and that we are making all efforts to respond to your request promptly. The Scottish Information Commissioner’s Office has issued a statement about requests during the Covid-19 pandemic which you may find helpful.

If you are unhappy with the way the University has handled your request, you do have the right to ask the University to conduct an internal review of the reasons for the delay. The Scottish Information Commissioner’s guidance about this during the Covid-19 pandemic is available on their website. If you wish to submit a review request you should write to the Records Management Section (using this email address), describing the original request, explaining your grounds for dissatisfaction, and including an address for correspondence. When the review process is complete, if you are still dissatisfied, you may use the Scottish Information Commissioner’s guidance on making an appeal to make an appeal to the Commissioner.

The University of Edinburgh's request privacy notice, which describes how we use the information you have supplied about yourself and your request, is published on the University website.

Yours sincerely

Rob Don
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Records Management Section
The University of Edinburgh | Old College | South Bridge | Edinburgh | EH8 9YL

Email: [University of Edinburgh request email]
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Records Management, University of Edinburgh

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Dear Sarai Keestra

 

Thank you for your email of 31 October 2020 requesting information about
licensing and patenting of health technologies. Please find our response
attached. Please accept our apologies for the delay to our response to
your request.

The University of Edinburgh's privacy notice, which describes how we use
the information you have supplied about yourself and your request, is
available on-line at
[1]https://www.ed.ac.uk/records-management/....

Yours sincerely

 

 

Rob Don

Information Compliance Officer

Records Management Section

The University of Edinburgh | Old College | South Bridge | Edinburgh | EH8
9YL

 

Email: [University of Edinburgh request email]

Website: [2]http://www.ed.ac.uk/records-management

 

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland,
with registration number SC005336. Is e buidheann carthannais a th’ ann an
Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann, clàraichte an Alba, àireamh clàraidh SC005336.

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