Canada based Biolyse Pharma Seeks to Manufacture COVID-19 Vaccines for Low-Income Countries, may test Canada’s compulsory licensing for export law

On March 11th 2021, Biolyse Pharma (“Biolyse”) issued a statement publicly indicating their capacity to manufacture a COVID-19 vaccine and their intent to apply for a compulsory license in Canada. Biolyse is a Canadian manufacturer of cancer drugs based out… Continue Reading

KEI submission to Canada Standing Committee on International Trade and Investment Policy: Concerning COVID-19

Brief to Standing Committee on International Trade and Investment Policy: Selected Consideration Concerning COVID-19 Vaccines Knowledge Ecology International James Love and Arianna Schouten 30 April 2021 This brief will discuss (1) the scope and purpose of the proposed World Trade… Continue Reading

KEI Comments on NIH Exclusive License to Australian firm SubRed

On Monday April 26, 2021, Knowledge Ecology International submitted comments regarding the “Prospective Grant of an Exclusive Patent License: N-butyldeoxynojirimycin To Treat Smith-Lemli Opitz Syndrome (SLOS) and Diseases That Exhibit a Similar NPC-Like Cellular Phenotype” (86 FR 18545) by the… Continue Reading

41 Canadian Experts Request Amendment to Schedule 1 of the Patent Act to include COVID-19 vaccines

On April 27th, a letter signed by 41 Canadian experts was sent to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Minister of Innovation, Science & Industry, and the Minister of Health. The letter requests the amendment of Schedule 1 of the… Continue Reading

KEI Comments Regarding NIH Exclusive License to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

(Update: The NIH provided a response to our comments on April 15, 2021.) Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) submitted comments on April 14, 2021 to the Federal Register notice for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) “Prospective Grant of Exclusive Patent… Continue Reading

KEI Comments on NIH Exclusive License to Norwegian Firm Zelluna

(Update: The NIH provided a response to our comments on April 15, 2021.) On Wednesday April 14, 2021, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) filed comments with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) regarding the “Prospective Grant of an Exclusive Patent License:… Continue Reading

Fissures on intellectual property, C-TAP and transparency emerge in WHO local production negotiations

On 4 December 2020, Ethiopia submitted a Zero Draft resolution to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Strengthening Local Production of Medicines and Other Health Technologies to Improve Access – WHO Resolution on Strengthening Local Production of Medicines and Other… Continue Reading

$1.3 Billion Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Development Contract Contains Broad Redactions Relating to Public’s Rights in Inventions

On March 31, 2020, KEI received a copy of the contract between Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the development of J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine.The contract, which is now valued at $1.3 billion,… Continue Reading