“The role of intellectual property (IP) in sustainable Agriculture”

http://www.ifad.org/events/op/2009/wipo.htm
Today’s lead link is to a statement given by the President of IFAD at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Conference on Intellectual Property and Public Policy Issues that was held this year during July in Geneva.

The statement is well worth a read.  Despite being relatively short it mentions a pretty comprehensive list of topics:

  • Linking Intellectual Property Rights to sustainable agriculture
  • The uniqueness of agriculturally related IPRs
  • Moving from the public-private divide to public-private partnerships
  • Tools and tactics for encouraging pro-poor research and keeping innovation results in the public domain
  • Protective publishing in agricultural research
  • Traditional knowledge and ethical obligations
  • Encouraging pro-poor innovation

CAS-IP were also mentioned in the statement:

“…CGIAR’s Central Advisory Service on Intellectual Property (CAS-IP) has many years of experience in negotiating equitable conditions and finding solutions to the hurdles that come up.”

Thanks to Hanumanth Rao, IP Manager at ICRISAT  for sending this link.

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