KEI and UACT comments on the prospective grant of exclusive licenses to Sinotau and MTTI

On August 27, 2018, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) and the Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT) filed comments to the NIH regarding the prospective grant of two separate exclusive licenses to Sinotau Pharmaceutical Group and Molecular Targeting Technologies, Inc. (MTTI),… Continue Reading

KEI review of 62 COVID 19 contracts reveals 59 authorizations for non-voluntary use of third party patents under 28 USC 1498

Since the COVID 19 Pandemic began, there has been a spirited debate over patent rights, including a highly publicized 20 month debate over a proposed WTO waiver on intellectual property rights. During that time a handful of countries have taken… Continue Reading

Human Rights Council heats up during informal talks on inequality, international solidarity, and intellectual property

UPDATE: On Monday, 4 July 2022, a revised version of the Core Group’s access to medicines, vaccines, and other health products resolution (A/HRC/50/L.13) was circulated. The current co-sponsors include: Argentina, Brazil, China, Ecuador,* Egypt,* India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Namibia, Nepal, Paraguay,… Continue Reading

Constituency statement for Knowledge Ecology International, Health Action International, Oxfam, and Public Services International: Strengthening WHO preparedness for and response to health emergencies

On 24 May 2022, I delivered the following constituency statement on behalf of Knowledge Ecology International, Health Action International, Oxfam, and Public Services International on the following topic: “16.2 – Strengthening WHO preparedness for and response to health emergencies” at… Continue Reading

NIH Questioned about Xtandi and March-in Rights during Congressional Hearing

On Wednesday May 11, 2022, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was asked about Xtandi and march-in rights during a Congressional hearing. The House Appropriations Committee held a hearing on the FY2023 Budget Request for the NIH, and Representative Mark… Continue Reading

KEI Comments Regarding NIH Prospective Exclusive License to Georgetown University for Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostic

On April 28, 2022, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) provided comments on the latest National Institutes of Health (NIH) Federal Register notice concerning licensing, the “Prospective Grant of an Exclusive Patent License: Development of Diagnostic for Imaging and Early Detection of… Continue Reading

Documents from NIH Freedom of Information requests

ACTIV The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) public-private partnership, to develop treatments and vaccines. Coordinated by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), with the NIH and sibling agencies in the… Continue Reading

Additional Comments for the Public Hearing on the Proposed WHO Treaty on Pandemic Preparedness and Response

These are the additional comments to the WHO Public Hearing on a possible WHO treaty or other instrument on pandemic preparedness and response (KEI also provided oral testimony at the hearing, and filed earlier comments here). Luis Gil Abinader –… Continue Reading

KEI Comments Regarding NIH Exclusive License to Syncopation for CAR T Therapy

Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) filed comments with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on March 16, 2022 regarding the “Prospective Grant of an Exclusive Patent License: Development and Commercialization of Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cell Therapies (CAR-T) That are Specific to… Continue Reading

Senators Tillis and Blackburn’s February 24, 2022 Letter to HHS Opposing the Use of Bayh-Dole March-in Rights

(More on this topic here: https://www.keionline.org/xtandi2021) On February 24, 2022, Senators Thom Tillis and Marsha Blackburn sent a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra (PDF copy). The letter refers to “petitions to march-in on a pharmaceutical product purely based on… Continue Reading