The Right to Repair in a Pandemic

NULR Of Note, 2020

3 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2020

Date Written: May 20, 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for explicit rights to repair needed medical products during emergencies. Current law may deter such actions because of the risk of private intellectual property infringement liability, and contracts may also prohibit making legitimate repairs. Congress should consider adopting limited exceptions to infringement to assure the ability to make repairs.

Keywords: Intellectual property, COVID-19, emergency, repair, preemption, contracts, medical devices, 3D printing, PREP Act

Suggested Citation

Sarnoff, Joshua D., The Right to Repair in a Pandemic (May 20, 2020). NULR Of Note, 2020, Available at SSRN:

Joshua D. Sarnoff (Contact Author)

DePaul University College of Law ( email )

25 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL Cook County 60604-2287
United States
312-362-6326 (Phone)

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