U. of California Agrees to Formally Promote ‘Global Access’ to Its Inventions

From the Chronicle of Higher Education, March 23 2012

Very interesting move by the University of California system – they have written into their licensing global access to its inventions. “The guidelines not only encourage institutions to use the policies but also remind them that global access could come into play with nonmedical inventions, such as those involving water purification and clean energy.” Among other strategies, the guidelines suggest that the institutions require that medicines based on university patents be sold on an “at cost” basis in poor countries.

Read more: http://chronicle.com/article/U-of-California-Agrees-to/131312/?sid=pm&utm_source=pm&utm_medium=en

The new systemwide guidelines for technology-transfer officials can be found at http://invent.ucsd.edu/industry/documents/LicensingGuidelines_February2012.pdf