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

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Dear University of Glasgow,

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

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Dear Sarai Keestra,
Thank you for your email which was received by the University on 10th November 2020 timed 09:47 hours.

As the University of Glasgow is a Scottish Public Authority, your request is subject to the terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 ("FOISA"). The University acknowledges receipt of your request and confirms a response will be sent to you promptly; and in any event not later than 8th December 2020. The Freedom of Information Office will contact you if we require any further information.

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Data Protection and Freedom of Information Office

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FOI Office,

 

 

Dear Sarai Keestra,

  

We apologise for the delay in responding to your FOISA request noted
above.  

  

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe disruption to University
operations and resources are focused on providing continuity of teaching
and support to the University's student community.  Consequently, the
response to your request has been delayed.  Please be assured we will
continue to work with the relevant departments across the University to
collate a response as quickly as possible. 

 

Yours sincerely 

 

 

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Office 

 

University of Glasgow 

Tay House 

Glasgow G12 8QQ 

 

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401  

 

 

FOI Office,

Dear applicant,

  

We apologise for the delay in responding to your FOISA request.

  

The University is closed from Friday 18 December until Tuesday 5 January
2021 and mailboxes will not be checked during this period. Consequently,
the response to your request will be delayed.  Please be assured we will
work with the relevant departments across the University to collate a
response as quickly as possible following our return on 5^th January.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Office 

 

University of Glasgow 

Tay House 

Glasgow G12 8QQ 

 

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401 

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