The companies that developed the vaccines and treatments in the covid pandemic provide very real-life, real-time examples of the questions of protecting patents as business assets while answering social responsibility concerns.
As the CEO of one of these companies, how would you respond to calls to share your company’s IP and under what circumstances? How would a Biblical worldview influence your decisions?
Consider, for example, the following:
Rowland, C., Rauhala E., & Berger, M. (2021, March 20). Drug companies defend vaccine monopolies in face of global outcry. The Washington Post.
https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/A655745537/BIC?u=vic_liberty&sid=summon&xid=4321e4f8 (Links to an external site.)
D’Eminio, F. (2021, October 11). Moderna has no plans to share its COVID-19 vaccine recipe. AP. https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-technology-business-united-nations-europe-d4aff7ddb273194b312354a57c244ce6 (Links to an external site.)
Taylor, A. & Parker, C. (2021, October 27). U.S. drug company Merck to share license for experimental covid-19 treatment with nonprofit. Washington Post. https://bi-gale-com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/global/article/GALE%7CA680335867/3c02464fd736364ef628911fa70dea32?u=vic_liberty
DISCUSSION ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS
The student will complete 3 Discussions in this course. The student will first post a thread of at
least 600 words (content, not including references) by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of the
assigned Module. The student must, then, post 2 replies of at least 300 words each by 11:59 p.m.
(ET) on Sunday of the assigned Module/Week, except replies for the third discussion board,
which are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday of the final Module/Week.
For each thread and reply, analysis must be supported with a minimum of 2 scholarly sources
other than the course textbook and provided materials. Each source must be cited in current APA
format. Each thread and each reply must include both full citations in a reference list at the end
of each post, and short-form in-text citations.
Acceptable sources include books, legal and business journals, legal cases, the law (cases,
statutes, regulations, etc.), the Bible, biblical commentary, etc. Dictionaries and other web
sources that lack scholarly support are not acceptable sources. Any sources cited must be current
to the issue (e.g., Bible commentaries may by applicable from any age, but articles discussing
current legal practices may no longer be relevant after 2 or 5 years).
A well-developed, complete worldview analysis of the situation requires more than simply
adding a Bible verse at the end of the post. Each thread and each reply must include at least 1
verse from Scripture, quoted and applied as an integral part of the discussion of the applicable
issues in the context of a Biblical worldview.