Great interview by Gene Quinn with Erik Iverson, Associate General Counsel with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A summary article is on BIOtech Now and the full interview can be found on IPWatchdog.com.
Iverson told me in no uncertain terms, “[A] fundamental premise at the foundation is that we absolutely respect intellectual property rights. We recognize their importance and we certainly recognize the importance of companies and their involvement in developing products and having them commercialized both in developed and developing countries.” But how can the Gates Foundation balance the intellectual property rights of those who create live saving technologies and treatments while at the same time ensuring the humanitarian mission?
According to Iverson, this requires a different approach to each situation taking into consideration the unique factual circumstances involved, such as the disease at issue, the marketability that may exist in developed countries and the need to incentivize the desired outcome. Iverson explained, “[T]he life science community is all about helping people and saving lives… [we are] trying to figure out how to balance them to push the development of products that well, very few people historically have put much effort into…”
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An event is coming up on patents, innovation and job creation at the Newseum on Friday January 21. The keynote speakers are PTO Director David Kappos and Retired Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Paul Michel.
Other industry experts and executives will participate in panel discussions. Below is the news release.
As the U.S. economy struggles with high unemployment, the Innovation Alliance hosts a half-day discussion with inventors, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and industry experts on the economic value of patents and a vigorous USPTO. The conference features remarks from David Kappos, Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and Paul Michel, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Retired Chief Judge. Gene Quinn, founder of IPWatchdog, Inc and Kim Hart, reporter at Politico will moderate morning panels on creating jobs and the impact of patents on the modern innovation economy. Email Innovation Alliance to RSVP
Here is the advertisement with further details.
Filed under: economic development, events, patents, United States Patent and Trademark Office, US Federal Circuit of Appeals | Tagged: David Kappos, economic growth, Gene Quinn, Gregory Junemann, Hank Nothhaft, Harry Leonhardt, Innovation, Innovation Alliance, job creation, Kim Hart, Lisa Kuuttila, patent, Paul Michel, Robert Alt, William Merritt | Leave a comment »