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The Race for the Vaccine: from Invention to Effective Vaccination - IP as a Tool or as a Toll?

Global Digital Encounters

Encounter 12

Tuesday May 4th, 2021.
5pm-6pm CEST

Global Digital Encounters

Encounter 12

The Race for the Vaccine: from Invention to Effective Vaccination - IP as a Tool or as a Toll?

Objectives

Further to the COVID Crisis, the race for the vaccine and access to vaccination has given rise to vivid debates on the effectiveness of the current IP system for promoting inventions and access to them in the Health Sector, a sector that is now a strategic one worldwide. In various parts of the world, initiatives were developed, to promote a different balance in the IP system and/or to deconstruct IP and construct a completely different IP system. Was /is IP a Tool or as a Toll for producing/ distributing vaccines to all? Why and how can/should the current IP system evolve? Are alternatives realistic and credible now, in the current emergency? Can alternatives be really developed in the short/medium term ? What kind of consensus may exist in various parts of the world and in international fora for such a change? Can the Israeli model on vaccination be analyzed, compared to other models of more limited success? Can a one size fits all approach respect urgent developing countries’ needs? For this Special one year Anniversary Session of our Global Digital Encounters, Speakers from Europe, Israel, and North America with a variety of opinions will provide a worldwide picture of the future of IP for vaccines in a still deeply affected Covid world, in search for re-imagining IP.

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Meet the Panel

Prof. David MIRCHIN

Professor in Technology Licensing Law at Tel Aviv University Law School and Academic Fellow (Robot and AI Law) at Bocconi University. Head of Technology Transactions and Licensing Group of Meitar

Prof. Didier PATRY

CEO at France Brevets. ESCP Business School The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Academic Fellow at Bocconi University

Prof. Dr. Michael GEIST

Law professor at the University of Ottawa. Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law.

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About our Speakers

Prof. David MIRCHIN (CV)

Professor in Technology Licensing Law at Tel Aviv University Law School and Academic Fellow (Robot and AI Law) at Bocconi University and was previously adjunct professor of Internet Law at Boston College Law School. An author of prestigious IP Publications, has holds a JD, Harvard Law School, 1983; BA Chinese History, Yale University, 1979, and also heads the Technology Transactions and Licensing Group of Meitar, Israel’s leading international law firm. He is a leading expert on software, licensing and intellectual property transactions, including in connection with the Healthcare Sector / medical markets. Prior to moving to Israel in 2001, he served as Vice President and General Counsel of SilverPlatter Information, an electronic publisher based in Boston, London and Amsterdam of reference databases for the academic and medical markets. 

Prof. Didier PATRY (CV)

Didier Patry is Academic Fellow at Bocconi University in Milan, where he is teaching IP Strategy and Decision Making (LLM in Law of Internet Technology) . Didier also lectures IP Management and Economics at the ESCP Business School in Paris and at the Paris School of Political Science (SciencesPo Paris). Didier is France Brevets’ Chief Executive Officer. Didier and his team are providing expert recommendations to the French Government on IP matters and on the construction of the 2021-2025 National Industrial Recovery Plan.Didier was Director of Legal Affairs for EATON Aerospace Europe and Corporate Chief IP Counsel for the EATON Group for Europe and the Middle-East. Prior to joining EATON, Didier was Chief Counsel of the Global Strategic IP Transactions Team at HP’s Headquarters in Palo Alto, California. Didier was also a Senior Associate Attorney in the International Patent Prosecution and Litigation Practices of Baker Botts LLP in Houston and London, where he represented large corporations in pan-European litigation matters. He has also served as the Chief Patent Counsel for the SWATCH Group in Switzerland. Didier is a qualified European Patent Attorney. He was listed in 2018 in the Top 40 World IP Deal Makers by IAM International Asset Management.Didier holds an MS in Materials Science from the Polytech School of Engineering in Angers, France. He graduated in law (LL.M.) from the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies of the University of Strasbourg with a specialization in IP Law, Patent Law, Tech Law, Digital Law and Contract Law. He also studied Business Strategy and Innovation Management at the UCD Graduate Business School in Dublin, Ireland and Regulatory and Data Protection Law at the London School of Economics. Didier is regularly invited to speak in conferences and events on the strategic management of Intellectual Property, and he is often asked to take position on public policy matters relating to innovation.He was listed in 2018 in the Top 40 World IP Deal Makers by IAM International Asset Management. Didier holds an MS in Materials Science from the Polytech School of Engineering in Angers, France. He graduated in law (LL.M.) from the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies of the University of Strasbourg with a specialization in IP Law, Patent Law, Tech Law, Digital Law and Contract Law. He also studied Business Strategy and Innovation Management at the UCD Graduate Business School in Dublin, Ireland and Regulatory and Data Protection Law at the London School of Economics.Didier is regularly invited to speak in conferences and events on the strategic management of Intellectual Property, and he is often asked to take position on public policy matters relating to innovation. He was listed in 2018 in the Top 40 World IP Deal Makers by IAM International Asset Management. Didier holds an MS in Materials Science from the Polytech School of Engineering in Angers, France. He graduated in law (LL.M.) from the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies of the University of Strasbourg with a specialization in IP Law, Patent Law, Tech Law, Digital Law and Contract Law.He also studied Business Strategy and Innovation Management at the UCD Graduate Business School in Dublin, Ireland and Regulatory and Data Protection Law at the London School of Economics. Didier is regularly invited to speak in conferences and events on the strategic management of Intellectual Property, and he is often asked to take position on public policy matters relating to innovation.

Prof. Dr. Michael GEIST (CV)

Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law and is a member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society. He regularly appears in the Globe and Mail, is the editor of several monthly technology law publications, and the author of a popular blog on Internet and intellectual property law issues. Dr. Geist serves on many boards, including Ingenium, Internet Archive Canada, and the EFF Advisory Board. He was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2018 and has received numerous awards for his work including the Kroeger Award for Policy Leadership and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in 2010, the Les Fowlie Award for Intellectual Freedom from the Ontario Library Association in 2009, the EFF’s Pioneer Award in 2008, and Canarie’s IWAY Public Leadership Award for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Canada.

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