Master Alliance Provisions Guide (MAPGuide)

Gates Global Access Commitment & Humanitarian License

  • Access to medicines | Equitable access
  • Access to medicines | Public health licenses

Global Access Commitment

You will conduct and manage the Project and the Funded Developments in a manner that ensures Global Access. Your Global Access commitments will survive the term of this Agreement. “Funded Developments” means the products, services, processes, technologies, materials, software, data, other innovations, and intellectual property resulting from the Project (including modifications, improvements, and further developments to Background Technology). “Background Technology” means any and all products, services, processes, technologies, materials, software, data, or other innovations, and intellectual property created by You or a third party prior to or outside of the Project used as part of the Project. “Global Access” means: (a) the knowledge and information gained from the Project will be promptly and broadly disseminated; and (b) the Funded Developments will be made available and accessible at an affordable price (i) to people most in need within developing countries, or (ii) in support of the U.S. educational system and public libraries, as applicable to the Project.

Humanitarian License

Subject to applicable laws and for the purpose of achieving Global Access, You grant the Foundation a nonexclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, fully paid up, sublicensable license to make, use, sell, offer to sell, import, distribute, copy, create derivative works, publicly perform and display: Funded Developments and Essential Background Technology. “Essential Background Technology” means Background Technology that is (i) owned, controlled, or developed by You, or in-licensed with the right to sublicense; and (ii) either incorporated into a Funded Development or reasonably required to exercise the license to Funded Developments. You confirm that You have retained sufficient rights in the Funded Developments and Essential Background Technology to grant this license.  You must ensure this license survives the assignment or transfer of Funded Developments or Essential Background Technology. On request, you must promptly make available the Funded Developments and Essential Background Technology to the Foundation for use solely under this license.  If You demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Foundation that Global Access can best be achieved without this license, the Foundation and You will make good faith efforts to modify or terminate this license, as appropriate.