CGIAR Principles on the Management of Intellectual Property

The CGIAR Priciples on the Management of Intellectual Assets (CGIAR IA Principles) were approved and adopted by the CGIAR Consortium in February 2012, with the unanimous support of its members.

The management of Intellectual Assets requires a careful balancing act of seemingly opposite objectives - to establish  the correct balance between maximizing global accessibility versus minimizing risk of misappropriation and misuse; maintaining commitment to International Public Goods versus leveraging the strengths of private sector partners.

These challenges are tackled by the CGIAR Consortium Legal & Intellectual Property Network (CLIPnet ) - a multi-disciplinary group from the members of the CGIAR Consortium comprising of lawyers, grant managers, and senior managers from genetic resources, communications and corporate services. CLIPnet coordinated by the Consortium Legal Counsel.

CLIPnet is drafting guidelines for the implementation and operationalisation of the CGIAR IA Principles, aimed to be completed by the end of this year.

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