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Rescuing Intellectual Property Rights in Pandemic Emergencies from the "Tragedy of Anticommons"

An Interdisciplinary Study on Medical Research and Development: Rescuing Intellectual Property Rights in Pandemic Emergencies from the "Tragedy of Anticommons" is a three year project which will examine how aspects of private law, commercial law, and intellectual property law might be reformed to better enable a rapid policy response in the face of an emerging pandemic.

The project involves legal scholars from the University of Aberdeen, BIICL, Kobe University, Hokkaido University, Nihon University, and Tokai University.

Project Details

This 3-year project will examine how aspects of private law, commercial law, and intellectual property law might be reformed to better enable a rapid policy response in the face of an emerging pandemic. Expertise from legal game theory, such as anticommons structures, will be used as an innovative legal research methodology to identify how the rights to control the use of patents, trademarks, and copyrights might inhibit or prevent the rapid development of medical and pharmaceutical solutions. The project hopes to explore alternative modalities and designs of intellectual property law that might be more responsive to emergency events and prevent the emergence of anticommons problems.

The project involves legal scholars from the University of Aberdeen, BIICL, Kobe University, Hokkaido University, Nihon University, and Tokai University.

This collaborative research project is jointly funded by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)  and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). 

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