The Open COVID Pledge and other IP reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic

14 April 2020 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

This briefing will discuss the terms of the Open COVID Pledge and how it was developed. It will discuss how the principles of collaborative licensing (including Creative Commons and open source licensing) can be applied to assist in this challenging environment. The briefing will also discuss issues than companies may wish to consider in evaluating whether to develop their own collaborative licenses and how companies, institutions and individuals can be applied to assist in this challenging environment as we come together to achieve one shared goal: eradicating COVID-19. The issues to be discussed will be:

  • Open COVID license vs. custom license
  • IP rights in the license
  • Scope of the license
  • Term of the license
  • What does the future hold? 


Mark Radcliffe
Mark Radcliffe is a partner in DLA Piper’s Silicon Valley office. He practices a combination of corporate securities and intellectual property advising. He has deep experience in open source software licensing and collaborative development projects from software to hardware to medical devices. He serves as the General Counsel of the Open Source Initiative, the OpenStack Foundation and the Apache Software Foundation and has deep experience in governance of collaborative organizations from open source foundations to blockchain consortia. Hewas Chair of the Users Committee in drafting General Public License version 3 and assisted Sun Microsystems in open sourcing the Solaris operating system.

Jorge Contreras
Jorge Contreras is a Presidential Scholar and Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Human Genetics, University of Utah School of Medicine. He has published over one hundred scholarly articles and book chapters on intellectual property law, technical standardization and science policy, and has edited six books including Patent Pledges: Global Perspectives on Patent Law’s Private Ordering Frontier (Elgar: 2018), which was selected by IPKat as the best patent law book of 2018. He received his JD degree from Harvard Law School and his BS (Electrical Engineering) and BA (English) from Rice University.

For more information please contact Ben Goodall with questions.