The Evolution of Global Access: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Approach to Leveraging Intellectual Property


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Under the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Access policy, grantees and partners commit to making the products and information generated by foundation funding widely available at an affordable price, and in a time frame that benefits the people the foundation seeks to help. In this lecture, Connie Collingsworth, Chief Business Operations Officer to the foundation, discussed the role of intellectual property in furthering global access. How can IP rights, often seen as a barrier to collaboration, instead be managed in a way that fosters new public-private partnerships? How can new technology be rendered commercially profitable, and therefore sustainable, while at the same time benefiting the people whom the free market has left behind?

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