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

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

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Dear University of Edinburgh,

I would like to request your respons to my colleague Megan Boreham'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...
We understand that due to the pandemic delays in FOI requests can be expected, yet we would appreciate your response at the earliest notice. I have copied out the questions below as well for your reference. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Yours faithfully,

Sarai Keestra

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.

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]

Patent: 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...

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Dear University of Edinburgh,

Although we are aware that during the pandemic delays in responding to FOIs can be expected, we would kindly like to remind you that it has been 90 days since my colleague sent her FOI request "UAEM - Licensing and patenting practices of COVID-19 technologies". She sent this request on the 24th of October 2020, but we never received a response or an explanation as to why our FOI was not processed within the legal time frame of 20 working days. You can find the original request by my colleague here: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/u...
I sent you another request with the same text on the 18th of December as a reminder, but have not heard back from you either. This request can be found here: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/u...
I completely understand that there was the holidays in between, but we would like to ask if you could please respond to our request by the end of January the latest considering the original request is by now long overdue. We would also like to ask for an internal review of the handling of our request. We are more than happy to retract our request for an internal review as soon as we received the information requested. Thank you very much!

Yours faithfully,

Sarai Keestra

Records Management, University of Edinburgh

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DON Rob, University of Edinburgh

Dear Sarai Keestra

Thank you for your email of 22 January 2021 requesting an internal review of our handling of your request of 18 December 2020 about licences and patents. I am writing to let you know that we have received your request for a review and will process it as soon as reasonably possible, and within 20 working days of the day we received the request for review. We hope to reply by 19 February 2021.

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 original 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.

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
Information Compliance Officer
Records Management Section
The University of Edinburgh | Old College | South Bridge | Edinburgh | EH8 9YL

Email: [University of Edinburgh request email]
Website: http://www.ed.ac.uk/records-management

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Records Management, University of Edinburgh

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Dear Sarai Keestra

 

Thank you for your email of 18 December 2020 requesting information about
the licensing and patenting of Covid-related health technologies, and for
your email of 22 January 2021 asking for an internal review. 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]

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