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Humanity cannot afford a COVID‑19 patent battle


Nicol, D and Nielsen, J, Humanity cannot afford a COVID‑19 patent battle, Australian Academy of Science, July ISSN 1031-9204 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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The development of vaccines and therapeutics for COVID-19 requires a concerted global commitment to share research.

Global research effort is usually highly competitive and undertaken by diverse parties. In the COVID-19 context, this may result in discrepancy between the amount of public funding available and the cost of developing effective vaccines.

Intellectual property rights (particularly patents) on the technology behind vaccines can encourage innovation and safeguard investment in research and development. However, they can slow down development. Finding the right balance and coordinating a rapid response to this pandemic is vital.

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen Australia, and other countries, committing promptly to contributing toward a shared research and funding effort.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Intellectual property, COVID, patents, compulsory licensing, public health, licensing
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Private law and civil obligations
Research Field:Intellectual property law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Law reform
UTAS Author:Nicol, D (Professor Dianne Nicol)
UTAS Author:Nielsen, J (Associate Professor Jane Nielsen)
ID Code:140180
Year Published:2020
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP180101262)
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2020-07-30
Last Modified:2021-05-20
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