"Social Conditionality in Patents: Achieving a Paradigm Change in Private Sector Participation"



The idea is to introduce "social conditionality" in intellectual property agreements through the foundation of a Global Partnership for Social Patents:

The submission proposes a reform to increase the involvement of the private sector in order to solve global challenges. The reform regards the insertion of social conditionality in intellectual property agreements. The granting of a patent would require licensees to abide by similar industry best practices as licensors. The inclusion of such conditionality would be promoted and facilitated through the foundation of a Global Partnership for Social Patents. This organization would also liaise with civil society, provide technical expertise to licensees, and would ensure accountability by acting as an interested party in license agreements regarding the intellectual property.

by Thomas Höhne-Sparborth at globalchallenges.org


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What would such social conditionality mean? Technology is double-edge sword, does that mean, that the patent owners would be able to restrict the use of technology for certain ranges of purposes?

How would this relate to technology use by governments? Patents usually are not enforceable at government levels.