I appreciate the artful graphics used to show how complicated and out-of-date our current patent laws are. This is just one example of the clean, clear illustrations from The Initiative for Medicines, Access, and Knowledge (I-MAK).
The nonprofit was founded in 2006 by health justice lawyers Priti Krishtel and Tahir Amin. Learn more about how their colleagues strive for a more just patent system through structural change on the I-MAK site. Download the brief Pharmaceutical Patent Myths, from which this graphic comes, here.
Krishtel has been named one of 25 MacArthur Fellows for “Exposing the inequities in the patent system to increase access to affordable, life-saving medications on a global scale.” (see her MacArthur Foundation profile). Awardees were announced on October 12, 2022. I am thrilled and relieved that her work is receiving such deserved support. NPR’s global health and development blog Goats and Soda also does a good job highlighting her goals and the sheer necessity of improving our patent system.
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