Compulsory Licensing in the Age of COVID-19

April 20, 2020

Governments are beginning to adopt extraordinary measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the seriousness of the current health crisis, and rising economic pressures, it is of little surprise that the prospect of compulsory patent licensing has arisen in a number of countries in recent weeks. However, certain conditions must be met before a compulsory license will be granted.

The first COVID-19-related involuntary patent license has already been issued. While most countries already have some form of compulsory licensing provision on the statutes, there have been recent efforts to sharpen these tools in several jurisdictions.

Co-hosts Lisa Pensabene, head of O’Melveny’s Life Science Litigation practice, and Lisa Jakob, Managing Counsel, Trademark Group for Merck, will lead a panel discussion with five experts who will speak to these issues in the United States and Canada, Israel, Brazil, Chile, and India, respectively.

This program is approved for 1.50 hours of CLE credit in California, and 1.50 hours of Professional Practice CLE credit in New York. O’Melveny & Myers LLP is an accredited provider of CLE in California and New York.


  • Dorothy Auth, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft (US/Canada)
  • Adi Richter, Richter Law (Israel)
  • Daniela Fasoli, Simoes IP (Brazil)
  • Carolina del Rio, Dentons (Chile)
  • Sheja Ehtesham, ALG (India)


Monday, April 20
11:30 am - 1:00 pm ET
Via Webinar (details will be provided to registrants)


To reserve your space, please contact Danielle Calhoun by Friday, April 17.

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