About the Book
Amid the continued threat of influenza pandemics, the field of pandemic influenza research is being subjected to increasing intellectual property coverage as new influenza strains appear and vaccine and diagnostic technologies change. Concern has arisen that this plethora of patent claims is impeding access to anti-influenza technologies and products, particularly vaccines, especially in the developing world.
Following up on a 2007 review by the author (published as Intellectual Property Rights Series No. 12), this paper provides an updated overview of trends in patenting activity related to pandemic influenza preparedness (PIP). Some specific patent applications are also briefly examined as representative examples of the patent claims currently being made in this area. In addition, the paper offers a critical perspective on a recent report by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) which similarly surveys PIP-related patenting activity.
In light of the patenting trends highlighted, this paper raises the need for equitable sharing of the benefits arising from pandemic influenza research, in order not to impair developing and other countries’ responsive capacity in the event of a pandemic.
About the Author
Edward Hammond directs Prickly
Research (www.pricklyresearch.com), a research and writing consultancy
2 Patent Applications Related to Pandemic Influenza
3 Summaries of Selected Recent Patent Applications
4 Comments on the WIPO Patent Search Report on
Pandemic Influenza Preparedness
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