The Open COVID Pledge calls on organizations around the world to make their patents and copyrights freely available in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pledge was developed by the Open COVID Coalition, an international group of scientists and lawyers seeking to accelerate the rapid development and deployment of diagnostics, vaccines, therapeutics, medical equipment and software solutions in this urgent public health crisis. To make or support the Pledge, visit opencovidpledge.org or contact opencovidpledge@gmail.com.

Steering Committee

We are a group of scientists, lawyers, entrepreneurs and individuals working to promote the removal of obstacles involving intellectual property in the fight against COVID-19. We are committed to innovative solutions to address this crisis, and urge the adoption of the Open COVID Pledge, Open COVID License, and other similar solutions in support of this goal.


Mark Lemley, JD
William H. Neukom Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the Director of the Stanford Law School Program in Law, Science & Technology.

Diane M. Peters, JD
General Counsel, Creative Commons.

Jorge L. Contreras, JD
Presidential Scholar and Professor, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law; Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Human Genetics, University of Utah School of Medicine, Research Fellow, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law

Mark Radcliffe, JD
Partner, DLA Piper

Science, Technology and Outreach

Ariel Ganz, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Genetics, Stanford University School of Medicine.

Michael Eisen, PhD
Professor and HHMI Investigator, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley. Editor-in-Chief, eLife.

Frank Tietze, PhD
Lecturer in Technology and Innovation Management, Department of Engineering, Innovation and IP Management (IIPM) Lab, University of Cambridge

Jenny Molloy, PhD
Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge

Alexander James Phillips
Co-founder, Helpful Engineering.

Eric Steuer
Creative Director and Communications Director, Creative Commons


We’d like to acknowledge the support, creative thinking, and contributions of many other individuals who helped make this effort possible. Among others, we are grateful to Julia Heymach and Nikki Solanki. Thanks also to Gary Robinson of logoglo.com, the designer of the Open COVID Pledge trademark and logo.