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Virtual fever, the new pandemic? News and Trends in Intellectual Property, Communications, Media, Technology, Art and Outer Space Law Conference

11 Oct - 12 Oct 2021

Session information

Have patents cured Covid-19?


Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee (Lead)


At the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic a remarkable mobilisation of resources occurred; governments removed anti-trust restrictions and provided capital, pharmaceutical companies large and small collaborated, and biotechnology companies and universities pooled knowledge. There were still regulatory roadblocks and problems of scale, but the significant scientific breakthroughs and miraculous innovations have helped combat the disease. This panel will discuss how (or if) the intellectual property laws of different countries helped the innovation of new diagnostics, treatments and vaccines related to Covid-19. The panel will also discuss whether the intellectual property laws helped, or hindered, the distribution of those same technologies.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Özge Atilgan Karakulak Gün + Partners, Istanbul, Turkey; Co-Chair, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee
Jason Jardine Knobbe Martens, San Diego, California, USA; Chair, Emerging Intellectual Property Rights Subcommittee


Professor Duncan Matthews Queen Mary University of London, London, England
Ralph Nack Noerr Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Wirtschaftsprüfer, Munich, Germany
Deepa K Tiku K & S Partners, Gurgaon, Haryana, India