Intellectual Property Paradoxes in Pandemic Times

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

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

5 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2022 Last revised: 24 Jan 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 that have no satisfactory answers. Commentators have already identified many contradictions, ironies and hard-to-reconcile policy positions at the intersection of international law and global health. This short essay turns to paradoxes in the intellectual property field.

For illustrative purposes, the discussion will focus on only three paradoxes, all of which relate to each other. The first paradox concerns the difficult law and policy choices countries have to make to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including those in the intellectual property field. The second paradox pertains to the simultaneous strengths and weaknesses of the international intellectual property system. The final paradox relates to the need for both strong and weak intellectual property protection to address the global pandemic.

Suggested Citation

Yu, Peter K., Intellectual Property Paradoxes in Pandemic Times (January 5, 2022). GRUR International, Vol. 71, Oxford University Press, 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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