Poway, CA asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for California

Q: Has Dr. foci conducted himself in an unethical manner by receiving patents on medical inventions?

Fuci...sorry for misspelling

1 Lawyer Answer
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Chapel Hill, NC

A: I have seen this sort of question floating around. It is based on a misperception on how patents work. Lots of people get named on a patent as an inventor as that is required by the US Constitution. But that does not mean that the person owns the patent or gets any profits from the patent.

If you work for IBM and invent something, you will be named on the patent but IBM will own it unless IBM decides to sell the patent to some other entity.

There are people that don't like vaccines that have tried to make charges that Dr. Fauci is somehow self-dealing by promoting vaccines as he "owns" the patents used in making the vaccines.

I have not seen any credible news organization make any claims of bad faith or even profits going to Dr. Fauci.

I have certainly seen fact checking sites say that this is nonsense. The following story asserts that the few patents with Dr. Fauci as an inventor are for HIV and not related to COVID at all. https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2020/may/12/jerome-corsi/conspiracy-theorist-spreads-false-claim-about-fauc/

There is a lot of nonsense out there. You did the right thing to make an effort to fact check this before disparaging Dr. Fauci on a false rumor.

Kevin E Flynn

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