July 10, 2020
Noel Courage authored the article "Life Sciences Update: Companies Not Only Sharing IP, They Are Enabling Others to Copy Their Products", published by The Licensing Journal, June/July issue.
Many life sciences companies have been willing to permit others to access their IP to help increase the supply of equipment and development of new treatments during the COVID-19 pandemic. In view of the urgency of the situation, this has recently gone beyond permitting access to IP. A leading medical device innovator, Medtronic, has now enabled others to copy some or all of its ventilator products by releasing full design specifications. As discussed below, the immediate benefit of this new approach is shown by a Canadian company announcing it will now develop and build its own ventilator using the Medtronic open access IP and design specifications. This artic will address below some ways that IP is shared.
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This article was first published by Bereskin & Parr LLP on April 14, 2020.