Patents and pandemics. At first, these two things might not seem too related. Beyond patenting useful things for a pandemic – personal protective equipment, medicines, etc. – what do they have to do with one another? Well, it turns out that the COVID-19 pandemic has put the spotlight on how to make patented medicines affordable.
What does intellectual property (“IP”) have to do with government accountability? As I learned a couple weeks ago, quite a bit. But, let’s start with basic secrecy before we get into trade secrets.