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The companies pledged to make the hundreds of thousands of patents they collectively hold available via temporary licenses for use in the research, development and deployment of medical equipment, network products, software solutions and other technology to assist in the fight against Covid-19.
An international coalition of legal experts, scientists and technologists created the Open Covid Pledge to encourage companies, universities and researchers to share their intellectual property free-of-charge.
Facebook director and associate general counsel, head of patents Jeremiah Chan said, “The patent system was created to promote progress, and we don’t believe that patents should ever be used to exploit innovation at the expense of the people it was meant to serve.