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COVID-19 Technology Access Framework

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We strongly believe that while intellectual property rights can often serve to incentivize the creation of new products, such rights should not become a barrier to addressing widespread, urgent and essential health-related needs. To address the global COVID-19 pandemic, we are each implementing technology transfer strategies to allow for and incentivize rapid utilization of our available technologies that may be useful for preventing, diagnosing and treating COVID-19 infection during the pandemic.

To achieve our common goal, we each individually commit to the following guidelines:

1. We are committed to implementing COVID-19 patenting and licensing strategies that are consistent with our goal of facilitating rapid global access. For most types of technologies, this includes the use of rapidly executable non-exclusive royalty-free licenses to intellectual property rights that we have the right to license, for the purpose of making and distributing products to prevent, diagnose and treat COVID-19 infection during the pandemic and for a short period thereafter.  In return for these royalty-free licenses, we are asking the licensees for a commitment to distribute the resulting products as widely as possible and at a low cost that allows broad accessibility during the term of the license.

2. We are committed to making vigorous efforts to achieve alignment among all stakeholders in our intellectual property, including research sponsors, to facilitate broad and rapid access to technologies that have been requested to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

3. We are committed to making any technology transfer transactions related to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic our first priority, and to minimizing any associated administrative burdens.

The initial signatories* include:

  • Stanford University
  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Additional signatories:

  • Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Drexel University
  • Georgetown University
  • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Mississippi State University
  • Northeastern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Oregon State University
  • RTI International
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Nevada Reno
  • University of South Alabama
  • University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Yale University

*If your institution would like to adopt the COVID-19 Technology Access Framework, please make a public announcement to your community regarding your endorsement, re-post the framework in its entirety, and email to request you be added to the list of signatories. 

View Stanford's COVID-19 Intellectual Property Collection