In the fight against the coronavirus, individuals, families, medical facilities, businesses and other institutions have been forced to adapt to reduce or eliminate opportunities for coronavirus transmission. As a result, thousands of practical ideas and technologies have been created by thousands of American innovators. Now, through the efforts of the non-profit PandemicIP.org, these innovators have a forum to share their ideas so that others can use them freely for the benefit of the public good.
The Pandemic Technology Resource Center, operated at Pandemicip.org, is a website where COVID-19 adaption ideas and technology can be contributed to the public domain and be accessed in a searchable database. Website visitors can browse through listings of ideas or search by keyword. The goal of the website is to speed the dissemination of useful adaption ideas, and in turn slow the transmission of the coronavirus, save lives, and help the economy recover. The first public domain ideas added to the site were obtained from expired patents.
PandemicIP.org is led by Jim Sulciner, a technology entrepreneur for over 30 years and former CEO of RTD Company, where he directed RTD Company through an acquisition by Measurement Specialties. PandemicIP.org was organized by the intellectual property law firm Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A., a leading provider of IP services with offices in Austin, Texas; Minneapolis, Minnesota; San Jose, California; and in the UK. Board members Janal Kalis, a partner at the Schwegman firm, and Russell Slifer, a former Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, provide a deep understanding of IP licensing and commercialization.
The Pandemic Technology Resource Center’s mission is to encourage the sharing of free, public domain ideas for technology to reduce and prevent exposure to COVID-19. Individuals and organizations are already innovating ways to protect people’s health and keep the economy moving; there’s no need to do so in isolation. By sharing ideas, innovators can build on each other’s work and save precious time in bringing solutions to the public.