Daily Archives: April 5, 2010

Learning from the licensing of a papaya variety developed by the public sector in Costa Rica

The National Partners Initiative (NPI) of CAS-IP is publishing five working papers from five Agricultural Research Institutions in developing countries. These case studies aim to share experiences from developing countries in the areas surrounding IP policy-making, policy implementation and use of IPRs by researchers for leveraging more benefits for the stakeholders, people, institutions and countries.

The second case study published comes from Costa Rica. It describes the process that the University of Costa Rica’s Office for Knowledge Management and Transfer (PROINNOVA) undertook to license the seeds of a new papaya variety, named Pococi.  This was developed jointly by the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and the National Institute for Agricultural Technology (INTA, for its acronym in Spanish) from Costa Rica.  The study seeks to better understand the institutional challenges that must be addressed by potential license seeking organizations in Costa Rica to ensure successful transactions.

The project itself was not successful because, after addressing several institutional issues, a license agreement was not concluded.  Failures and/or unsuccessful projects can be a good way of acquiring experience, especially when lessons can be learned.

The full text can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Post written by Karine Malgrand, Facilitator of the National Partners Initiative for CAS-IP