Reliable patent information is often hard to come by, but it is essential to the work of the Medicines Patent Pool and other organisations who are engaged with intellectual property and access to medicines. Since its founding in July 2010, the MPP has been collaborating with national patent offices around the world through the World Intellectual Property Organization to collect data on what HIV medicines, formulations and combinations are patented, and where.

The MPP’s Patent Status Database is currently the most complete single source of open access information about critical public health related patents in developing countries. The MPP launched the public access database on 4 April, 2011 in the hopes that others could benefit from the work that had been done, and also contribute information to make the database more complete.

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