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Has the public got the taste for free medicine?

International02-06-2020Rory O'Neill

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the fundamental principles of the IP system called into question. How can we go on as before?

PTAB to review Minnesota patent after Gilead petition


Gilead Sciences has persuaded the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board to review an antiviral patent owned by the University of Minnesota.

FDA warns of ‘grave’ knock-on effects from Eagle decision

US29-05-2020Rory O'Neill

The US Food and Drug Administration has warned a US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit decision awarding market exclusivity to Eagle Pharmaceuticals for a cancer drug will have “grave” consequences for patient access.

WHO launches COVID-19 pool with 37 countries

International29-05-2020Sarah Morgan

The World Health Organization has launched a COVID-19 technology pool, with 37 countries and multiple international partners and institutions rallying together to support the initiative. 

Campaigners say US govt should have remdesivir patent rights

US28-05-2020Rory O'Neill

The PrEP4All campaign has argued that the US government should own joint patent rights for remdesivir, the Gilead Sciences antiviral which is the only drug approved anywhere for treating COVID-19.

MSD buys Themis as part of COVID-19 plans

US28-05-2020Sarah Morgan

Merck Sharp & Dohme is pushing forward with three initiatives aimed at combating the COVID-19 pandemic, including the acquisition of vaccine company Themis Bioscience.

Report slams big pharma influence in EU-funded project

EU28-05-2020Rory O'Neill

A new NGO report has sharply criticised the EU-funded Innovative Medicines Initiative as favouring Big Pharma over small businesses, particularly when it comes to IP.

Merck KGaA wins injunction after MSD trademark suit

UK21-05-2020Rory O'Neill

The English High Court has finalised the terms of a trademark injunction against US pharmaceutical company Merck, Sharp and Dohme (MSD), in favour of German rival Merck KGaA.

US rebukes IP wording in WHO’s pandemic resolution

International, US20-05-2020Sarah Morgan

The US has joined consensus on a World Health Organization resolution on the global handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, but disassociated itself from the IP and reproductive health services wording within the resolution. 

US govt argues Gilead’s patent claims are ‘insufficient’


The US government has urged a Delaware federal court to throw out patent infringement claims from Gilead Sciences over HIV prevention medicines.

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