Blog: The Prospect of an HIV Patent Pool
November 13, 2009
PLoS Medicine's "Speaking of Medicine" blog reports on a recent meeting that explored the possibility of creating an HIV patent pool. To create a patent pool, the WHO and UNITAID need to "figure out the highest priority essential ARVs, identify the relevant patents, and ask the patent owners to put their patent into the pool. There will then need to be negotiations with the patent owners, and a licensing mechanism will need to be established" (Yamey, 11/10).
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