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Law & Technology - Research Resources & Current Awareness

This guide is intended to provide research and current awareness resources relevant to law and technology issues, including data protection and privacy issues.

General Information

This page will help readers find information about the intersection of COVID-19 and technology/innovation. Please note that the "Articles of Interest" are no longer being updated. If you have interesting sources to add, or need help finding a current article, please email thompsol@seattleu.edu

Articles of Interest

Global Crowdsourcing Can Help the U.S. Beat the Pandemic, Harvard Business Review, Oct. 26, 2020.

Deconstructing Moderna’s COVID-19 Patent Pledge, Harvard Law Petrie Flom Center: Bill of Health Blog, Oct. 21, 2020.

Reimagining Innovation to Navigate COVID-19, Brookings Institute, Oct. 16, 2020.

Regeneron Antibody Cocktail Used by Trump Faces Patent Suit, Bloomberg Law, October 5, 2020.

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1st COVID-19 Vaccine Patent Granted, Chinese Media Says, Law360, Aug. 17, 2020.

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U.S. Commits to Buying Millions of Vaccine Doses: Why That Is Unusual, New York Times, July 22, 2020

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The Retired Inventor of N95 Masks is Back at Work, Mostly for Free, to Fight Covid-19, Washington Post, July 7, 2020

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How a Covid-19 Vaccine Could Cost Americans Dearly, New York Times, July 6, 2020

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Here's How We'll Know When a COVID-19 Vaccine is Ready, National Geographic, June 30, 2020

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Gilead's Covid-19 Treatment Remdesivir Priced at $3,120, Washington Post, June 30, 2020.

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INSIGHT: Big Data in the Wake of Covid-19—A Conundrum for Enforcers, Bloomberg Law, June 17, 2020

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Pharma Collaborations in the Covid-19 Era Come With Legal Risks, Bloomberg Law, June 17, 2020

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Amazon Pauses Police Use of Its Facial Recognition Software, New York Times, June 10, 2020.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Funders Urged to Share Work, Bloomberg Law, June 2, 2020

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Taxpayers Paid to Develop Remdesivir But Will Have No Say When Gilead Sets the Price, Washington Post, May 26, 2020.

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Innovation Can’t Be Forced, but It Can Be Quashed, Wall Street Journal, May 15, 2020

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Scholarly Articles/SSRN Sources

Alexander Moerchel et al., Identifying Crisis-Critical Intellectual Property Challenges during the Covid-19 Pandemic (Ctr. For Tech. Mgmt, Working Paper No. 1, 2020).

Matthieu Dhenne, COVID-19: Hope for a New World of IP? (Oct. 19, 2020) (preprint research paper).

Gavin Yamey et al., Developing an Aggregator Mechanism for Late-Stage Clinical Trials of Neglected Disease Product Candidates (Duke Global Working Paper No. 23, 2020).

Mitja Kovac & Lana Rakovec, COVID-19 Pandemic, Long-term Incentives for Developing Vaccines and Infectious Disease Market: IP Law Under Stress (Law and Economics of COVID-19 Working Paper, 2020).

Ana Santos Rutschman, Intellectual Property as a Determinant of Health, Vanderbilt J. Trans. L. (forthcoming, 2021).

Jorge L. Contreras et al., Pledging Intellectual Property for COVID-19, 38 Nature Biotechnology 1146  (2021). 

Joshua D. Sarnoff, Covid-19 Highlights Need for Rights to Repair and Produce in Emergencies (May 19, 2020) (pre-print research paper).

Shlomit Yanisky-Ravid & Regina Jin, Summoning a New Artificial Intelligence Patent Model: In the Age of Pandemic, Mich. St. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2021).

German Velasquez, Rethinking R&D for Pharmaceutical Products After the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Shock, South Centre (July 1, 2020).

Benjamin Tham & Mark Findlay, COVID-19 Vaccine Research, Development, Regulation and Access (June 30, 2020) (pre-print research paper).

Ana Santos Rutschman, The COVID-19 Vaccine Race: Intellectual Property, Collaboration(s), Nationalism and Misinformation, 64 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol. (forthcoming).

Ana Santos Rutschman, The Intellectual Property of COVID-19, in Outsmarting Pandemics (Elizabeth Kirley & Deborah Porter, eds., forthcoming).

Cynthia M. Ho, Avoiding the TRIPS Trap: A Path to Domestic Disclosure of Clinical Drug Consistent with International Norms (pre-print research paper).

Jeremy de Beer & E. Richard Gold, International Trade, Intellectual Property, and Innovation Policy: Lessons from a Pandemic, in Vulnerable: The Policy, Law and Ethics of COVID-19 (C.M. Flood et al., eds., forthcoming).

Stanford COVID-19 Memo Database

Stanford Law School has created a searchable database of memoranda related to COVID-19. If you search "technology OR innovation" you will retrieve articles related to COVID-19 and technology/innovation.

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Bloomberg Law News - Coronavirus

Bloomberg Law Legal News - Coronavirus provides daily news articles about COVID-19. You will be required to log in with your SU email address and the password you established when you set up your Bloomberg Law account. Once logged in, you can subscribe to the daily news compilation.

World Intellectual Property Organization COVID-19 Initiatives

American University Washington College of Law - Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property: InfoJustice Roundup

InfoJustice Roundup  

Compiled by Mike Palmedo

UPCOMING ONLINE PRESENTATIONS

COVID-19 AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Intellectual Property, Innovation and Access to Health Products for COVID-19: A Review of Measures Taken by Different Countries

[Nirmalya Syam] Abstract: The rising incidence of COVID-19 will require all countries, particularly developing and least developed countries, to be able to procure and manufacture the products required for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of COVID-19. Intellectual property (IP) rights over such products can constrain the ability of countries to rapidly procure and produce and supply the products required at a mass scale. This Policy Brief describes the measures and actions taken by different countries to address potential IP barriers to access to the products required for COVID-19. Continue reading.

Race Around the World for COVID-19 Vaccines

[Matthew Rimmer] While the Trump administration trumpets Operation Warp Speed’s search for COVID-19 vaccine, it is unwilling to collaborate with the world’s scientists who share their COVID-19 findings and have pledged to make a vaccine affordable and accessible for everyone. Continue reading.

See also: QUT Forum on Access to Essential Medicines. Link to videos.

Covid Lessons - Copyright and Online Learning

[Teresa Hackett] At the end of March, at the height of the global lockdown, UNESCO estimates that more than 1.5 billion learners in 193 countries were affected by country-wide or localized closures of schools and other educational institutions. The closures happened overnight and mid-way through the academic year, leaving no time for teachers and students to prepare. For education to continue, it had to move off-campus and online. Continue reading.

How COVID-19 Reinforces the Need for IP Reform and Research in South Africa

[Tobias Schonwetter] ... The COVID-19 pandemic raises a number of important IP questions and brings to the fore some key deficiencies of our IP frameworks, which are often amplified if laws are as outdated as ours. Addressing these is now more urgent than ever. For me, three issues stand out. First, almost immediately after plans were drafted to provide emergency remote teaching to our students, I received a flurry of copyright-related queries concerning the legality of creating and distributing digitised educational materials, including (parts of) textbooks. It seemed as if all of sudden most of my colleagues and students started to be concerned about the restrictions imposed by copyright law because, logistically, emergency remote learning builds on the legal distribution of and access to digital learning materials. Continue reading on medium.com.

See also: Caroline Ncube in Afronomics Law. The musings of a copyright scholar working in South Africa: is Copyright Law supportive of emergency remote teaching? Continue reading..

COVID-19 puts a spotlight on the Medicines Patent Pool

[William Worley] ... MPP was created in 2010 by Unitaid, an international project for financing HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis treatments. As it approaches its 10th birthday in July, the model has hit the spotlight amid heated discussions about how to make any potential COVID-19 treatments and vaccinations more accessible. In particular, campaigners have been calling for patents — which protect intellectual property — to be pooled in a mechanism such as the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool, or C-TAP. Read the full story on DevEx