Van den Bulck (Intellectual Property and Life Sciences, Brussels) spoke
at a roundtable on Oct. 29, 2009, on "Time for Action: Making HIV Medicines
Accessible for Patients from Developing Countries," hosted by UNAIDS, the Joint
United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS.
McGuireWoods participated in the forum for UNITAID, the international
drug purchasing facility, that has undertaken first steps to create a voluntary
patent pool for AIDS medicines for developing countries.
This event presented the UNITAID patent pool to relevant stakeholders
(the European Commission, UNITAID, MSF, EATG, and representatives from the
pharmaceutical industry) and other interested parties. It provided an
opportunity to explore next steps and engage stakeholders in a constructive
dialogue at an early stage. Based on the discussion’s results, UNAIDS will
publish a comprehensive article on its homepage,