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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Coronavirus, Intellectual Property & Patent for a Cure or Vaccine

Israel just announced that for the first time since it passed its Patent Act, the attorney general will use its emergency powers to allow unlicensed use of a potential drug that helps coronavirus patients recover. There is a long standing debate in the scholarship and in policy about how patents incentivize and/or hinder innovation, especially in the context of new drugs that are globally crucial. Some great insights by Amy Kapczynski on the open science of influenza vaccine - a network of global scientists operating with very little intellectual property - and Peter Yu on virology and drug patenting, tracing various outbreaks, HIV SARS etc are good reads. Madhavi Sunder's book about IP and the common good is a wonderful and thoughtful analysis of the drug industry and other creative and inventive fields and global justice - I teach her chapter on the HIV question and India/Brazil regularly in my corporate innovation course.

We need to race to develop these medical lifesaving drugs and I believe that grant money ex ante is the better path than ex post IP. 

Would love to hear thoughts about how to best incentivize collaboration and knowledge sharing, and eventually, open use of a cure and a vaccine.


Posted by Orly Lobel on March 19, 2020 at 04:33 PM | Permalink


Here, the most important one:

"Chinese firm creates 'world's tallest 3D-printed building'"


Posted by: El roam | Mar 19, 2020 8:18:37 PM

And by the way Orly, if you have any possibility to contact officials or influence in this regard, then:

He ( the Governor) should not wait. He can ask Chinese companies, to print in 3D, hospitals and equipment and so forth. Not too big, not too small. They are experts for quick or overnight projects of such.

Here for example:



Posted by: El roam | Mar 19, 2020 8:13:20 PM

Orly, surly you would like to read the letter, sent by your Governor, to Trump(seeking help, really bad):


Posted by: El roam | Mar 19, 2020 7:56:54 PM

Here to the list of drugs approved by the Israeli health ministry:


Be safe....

Posted by: El roam | Mar 19, 2020 5:46:16 PM

Important one. I have come across very interesting article or research ( 2015) looking for Universal Coronavirus vaccine, here:




Also, a new and innovative therapy:

" Israeli firm ready to assist coronavirus victims with novel drug"



And finally, it is a list of 8 drugs, not yet approved by authorities, but,approved for use, in Israel ( not only the one mentioned in the post, that is already registered as patent). I shall leave the list later.


Posted by: El roam | Mar 19, 2020 5:41:08 PM

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