UAEM - Licensing and patenting practices of COVID-19 technologies - FOLLOW UP

Sarai Keestra made this Freedom of Information request to University College London

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Dear University College London,

I would like to ask you to respond to my colleague's FOI request "UAEM - Licensing and patenting practices of COVID-19 technologies" which was filed 24th of October 2020. You have still not responded to this request, although legally we should have received your response by the 20th of November. You can find the conversation history here:
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/u...
Please note we appreciate that with the pandemic delays can be expected, however universities that we have sent similar requests have responded within the legal time frame. I have copied out the questions below as well for your reference:

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. 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.

Have a good Christmas!

Yours faithfully,

Sarai Keestra

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

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Dear University College London,

We appreciate that due to the holidays and the pandemic we can expect delays in responses to FOI requests. However we are still waiting for your response to my colleague's FOI request "UAEM - Licensing and patenting practices of COVID-19 technologies" which was filed 24th of October 2020. You can find a link of the original correspondence here: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/u.... It has been now 90 days since we filed our original request, and we received no response. We have received no explanation so far as to why our original request in October was not responded to promptly. You have also not replied to my request in December which contains the same text as the FOI of October, where I urged you to respond to my colleague's request. We are disappointed by this and would like to ask an internal review of the way our request has been handled. Without a reasonable explanation, we will see ourselves forced to report this to Information Commisioner by the end of this month. We are looking forward to hear from you soon.

Yours faithfully,

Sarai Keestra

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

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Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

Dear Sarai

Many apologies for the delay in responding to your colleagues FOI request. Our response is being finalised and reviewed, and I hope to send the response either today if possible, or within the first couple of days next week at the latest.

Once you receive our response, I should be grateful if you could also confirm in response whether you would like to continue with the internal review.

Thank you for your patience.
Kind regards
Janine

Janine Small
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser
University College London
Legal Services
Data Protection: [email address] FOI: [UCL request email]

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Dear Janine,

Just a gentle reminder that I am still waiting for the request. From your email I was hoping to receive the response by end of January the latest. If I receive UCL's final response by the end of next week I will be happy to retract the internal review but I will have to include in our report that UCL's response was delayed. I am looking forward to receiving the information soon. Many thanks and have a nice weekend!

Yours sincerely,

Sarai Keestra

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

If you have submitted a Freedom of Information request please accept this
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and that UCL may need to prioritise resources to other areas, or adapt its
usual approach to information compliance work, in order to meet the
unprecedented challenges we are all facing during the Coronavirus
(COVID-19) pandemic.

 

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responses to information rights requests during the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
pandemic.”

 

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general privacy
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