Collective Management of Intellectual Property Rights

Medicines Patent Pool agreement with Gilead contains flexibilities including termination provisions and severability of licenses

On 12 July 2011, the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) and Gilead announced an agreement for Gilead to license patents for tenofovir (TDF), emtricitabine (FTC), elvitegravir (EVG), cobisistat (COBI) and a four drug combination of these drugs. KEI's initial comments on the agreement are available here.

KEI comment on the Medicines Patent Pool license with Gilead

KEI comment on the Medicines Patent Pool license with Gilead
July 12, 2011

FYI: James Love (Tuesday: +44.785.543.6510, Thiru Balasubramaniam ( or Krista Cox (, +1.202.332.2670).

USPTO statement at WIPO side event on Medicines Patent Pool

This is the statement that was delivered by Karin L. Ferriter (from USPTO and USTR), at a UNITAID side event on the Medicines Patent Pool, during a break of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents.

Statement on Medicines Patent Pool Side Event

Civil Society comments on USPTO humanitarian priority review voucher proposal

On November 19, 2010, Knowledge Ecology International, Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders, Oxfam America and Public Citizen answered a Request for Comments from the US Department of Commerce on a proposal to "Incentivize Humanitarian Technologies and Licensing Through the Intellectual Property System".

Global Fund calls upon drug companies to "share without delay" AIDS drug patents with the Medicines Patent Pool

In a October 7, 2010 letter, Professor Michel Kazatchkine, the Executive Director of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, has written to Dr. Jorge Bermudez, the UNITAID Executive Director, to discuss the Medicines Patent Pool.

Kazatchkine congratulates UNITAID for the announcement that an agreement had been reached between U.S. National Institute for Health and the Medicines Patent Pool for the voluntary license of the NIH patents rights on an HIV-AID drug, Darunavir.

KEI Statement on UNITAID Decision to Approve Creation of a Patent Pool for AIDS medicines

On Monday, December 14, the UNITAID board passed a resolution to establish a Patent Pool for AIDS medicines. The decision caped a dramatic debate on the proposal, which had been before UNITAID since 2006, and had been discussed in other fora since 2002. The following is a statement by KEI on the UNITAID decision, followed by background on the UNITAID patent pool proposal, including a copy of the UNITAID press release.

Statement of James Love, Director of KEI, on the UNITAID Patent Pool:

Survey of Patent Pools Demonstrates Variety of Purposes and Management Structures

Tuesday, 05 June 2007

An pdf version of this document is available here.

KEI Research Note 2007:6

David Serafino[1]
Knowledge Ecology International

4 June 2007


Table of Contents


EMILA Working Plan

Saturday, 02 June 2007

The Essential Medical Inventions Licensing Agency 

Working Plan, June 1, 2007


IGWG Briefing Paper on Patent Pools

Sunday, 03 June 2007


IGWG Briefing Paper on Patent Pools

Collective Management of Intellectual Property  -- The use of Patent Pools to expand access to essential medical technologies

KEI Research Note 2007:3 (1)

UNITAID Patent Pool for Medicines

In 2007 Medécins sans Frontières (MSF, Doctors Without Borders) and Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) presented a proposal for UNITAID to host a medicines patent pool.

In July 2008 the UNITAID Board supported the principle of establishing a patent pool for medicines to provide patients in low and middle income countries with increased access to more appropriate and lower price medicines.

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