“Immediate action is required to halt the COVID-19 Pandemic and treat those it has affected. It is a practical and moral imperative that every tool we have at our disposal be applied to develop and deploy technologies on a massive scale as quickly and effectively as possible.
We therefore pledge to make all intellectual property under our control available to any group or individual for use in their work to end the COVID-19 pandemic, free of charge and without encumbrances. In making the pledge described below, we grant a temporary license to patent, copyright, and related rights in order to speed the development and dissemination of the technologies needed to end the COVID-19 pandemic and minimize the impact of the disease.
Our intent in doing so is to advance the shared cause of ending the COVID-19 Pandemic, and we do so without any expectation of consideration or compensation, and with knowledge of the rights we are licensing….”