Loads of COVID-19 related movement happening for Intellectual Property this week. First, the fast-tracking examination is now gaining momentum throughout the world as the Israeli Patent Commissioner announces accelerated review of patent applications concerned with tackling COVID-19. At the same time, the South Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) offers COVID-19 related patent information uploaded on its website in English. Note that the KIPO was the first country to fast-track Covid-19 related patents last month.

On the corporate side, companies start their patent application rush with :

Last but not least, it seems that pooling patent or royalty-free license agreement appears to be the other way to boost COVID-19 treatment research and IP generation. Let’s hope it’s not just an elaborate bait:

May 08, 2020
Patent fast-track spree