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Diagnostics and intellectual property

Intellectual property is a hotly debated topic in healthcare.

The pharmaceutical and vaccines industries both make regular use of patents to protect their innovative products but, in many cases, patents are less consequential for diagnostic tests due to their unique nature.

Alongside patents, “know-how” is core to diagnostic IP – confidential information associated with a technology, including trade secrets.

Diagnostics & IP

Learn more about diagnostics and intellectual property in our policy brief.

FIND position on TRIPS waivers

Read our statement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) waivers.

Diagnostics Day 2023

Check out our full agenda for Diagnostics Day and learn more about the WHA Resolution on diagnostics.