Patents and the Pandemic: Intellectual Property, Social Contracts, and Access to Vaccines
Distinguished Roger L. Shidler Lecture
Biopharmaceutical firms have developed COVID-19 vaccines in record time, thus offering hope in a devastating pandemic. But alongside the development and deployment of these vaccines have come difficult questions about ownership and access. Biopharmaceutical companies hold patents on their vaccines, thus seeming to pit exclusive rights against the interests of wide and rapid dissemination of these critical resources.
UW Law's 2021 Shidler Lecturer, Prof. Peter Lee of UC Davis School of Law, explores how contract principles can help break the impasse and facilitate greater access to patented vaccines, thus helping to improve health and welfare on a massive scale.
Peter Lee, Patents and the Pandemic: Intellectual Property, Social Contracts, and Access to Vaccines (2021), https://digitalcommons.law.uw.edu/shidler/1