Accessed 29 June 2013
Who Owns MERS?
The Intellectual Property Controversy Surrounding the Latest Pandemic
David P. Fidler
June 7, 2013
The outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has led to a global controversy over who legally owns the intellectual property of a virus, whether a virus can be patented, and how to share samples of it once it is. But all the bickering has obscured the fact that pandemics aren’t problems that can be litigated away.
DAVID P. FIDLER is the James Louis Calamaras Professor of Law at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law.