California International Law Center (CILC)
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.
Intellectual Property in the COVID-19 Era:
Opportunities, Challenges, and Lessons for the Future
January 13, 2022, 12 pm - 1:30 pm PST; Chile 17 to 18:30 hrs
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CILC Presents: Intellectual Property in the COVID-19 Era: Opportunities, Challenges, and Lessons for the Future
The world is facing an unprecedented pandemic, causing a surge in innovation supported by public funding. Biopharmaceutical firms have developed vaccines in record time, offering hope in this challenging environment. However, difficult questions about ownership and access have arisen alongside the development and deployment of these vaccines, especially because many believe they should be widely available across the globe to those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Intellectual property rights on vaccines are perceived as a key constraint on wide and rapid dissemination of these critical resources and raise fundamental questions for the international community. Some countries have proposed an international IP waiver with the objective of increasing access to vaccines. And because the virus has the potential to spread throughout all communities without discrimination, there is movement towards combining and coordinating global efforts.
Presently, no consensus exists in the international community about how to resolve these issues. Some argue for using or expanding existing flexibilities within the international IP architecture to promote wide access to patented vaccines, such as through compulsory licenses. Others claim that the urgency of the pandemic calls for more drastic measures, such as a temporary IP waiver. Still others claim that IP rights should be enforced forcefully to promote investment in future innovation. The landscape is further complicated by significant public funding for privately-patented technologies and the difficulty of transferring technical knowledge regardless of whether or not patents are enforced.
The workshop brings together policy/law makers, scholars, lawyers and government officials to address the complex issues surrounding access to vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic and to highlight lessons to be applied in the future.
- Professor Peter Lee, University of California, Davis, School of Law
- Honorable Giorgio Jackson, Congressman, Member of the Chilean Cámara de Diputados’ Commission on Sciences and Technology
- Professor Thana Cristina de Campos, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, School of Government
- Pilar Parada, Leader in Scientific & Technological Innovation Scientist, Inventor, Lecturer at Universidad de Chile, Faculties of Chemistry and Sciences
Presenter: Beth Greenwood, Director of the California International Law Center (CILC) and Associate Dean of International Programs, UC Davis School of Law
Moderator: Dr. Jorge Rojas, University of California, Davis, School of Law, Visiting Fellow, California International Law Center; Visiting Professor, Universidad de Chile, Facultad de Derecho
More About CILC
The California International Law Center fosters the work of UC Davis School of Law’s faculty, students, and alumni in international, comparative, and transnational law to enhance California’s role as a global actor.
Named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an international leader in the pursuit of civil rights, equality, and education, The University of California, Davis, School of Law (King Hall) has a tradition of engaging in matters of global consequence. Continuing that tradition, the California International Law Center (CILC) fosters the work of faculty, students, and alumni in international, comparative, and transnational law to enhance California’s role as a global actor.
CILC is dedicated to providing UC Davis School of Law students a greater connection to the practice of international law by bringing them into contact with leading international jurists and leading practitioners of international law. We also offer a scholarly colloquium series in which international law scholars discuss their current research.
Through this Center, our King Hall community continues to work for justice, at home and abroad. We hope that you will join us in our shared endeavor to better understand the processes of globalization and the role of law in enhancing human flourishing.