Intellectual Property Paradoxes in Pandemic Times

GRUR International, Vol. 71, Oxford University Press, April 2022, Forthcoming

Texas A&M University School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 22-04

6 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2022 Last revised: 8 Mar 2022

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Peter K. Yu

Texas A&M University School of Law

Date Written: January 5, 2022

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many paradoxes that raise complex law and policy questions with no satisfactory answers. Policymakers and commentators have already identified many contradictions, ironies and hard-to-reconcile positions at the intersection of international law and global health. This short essay turns to paradoxes in the intellectual property field.

The discussion will focus on three paradoxes, all of which relate to each other. The first paradox concerns the difficult policy choices that governments have to make in order to combat COVID-19, including those in the intellectual property field. The second paradox pertains to the simultaneous vulnerability and robustness of the international intellectual property system. The final paradox relates to the need for both stronger and weaker intellectual property standards to combat the global pandemic.

Suggested Citation

Yu, Peter K., Intellectual Property Paradoxes in Pandemic Times (January 5, 2022). GRUR International, Vol. 71, Oxford University Press, April 2022, Forthcoming, Texas A&M University School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 22-04, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4001504

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