Sunday, August 2, 2020
Joshua D. Sarnoff (DePaul University), COVID-19 Highlights Need for Rights to Repair and Produce in Emergencies, SSRN:
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for explicit rights to repair and to supply needed medical products during emergencies. Current law may deter such actions because of the risk of private intellectual property infringement and tort liability, and contracts may also prohibit making legitimate repairs. Legislation is needed to authorize in advance the right to repair and production rights for defined emergencies.