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Meridian Institute

Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture

External Project Site: www.pipra.org
Related: Agriculture and Food Systems, Science and Technology

Meridian facilitated the development of the Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture (PIPRA), an organization sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and the McKnight Foundation and based at the University of California, Davis. Launched in 2006, PIPRA brings together some of the largest holders of agricultural technology intellectual property (IP) in the United States, such as the University of California system, the University of Wisconsin, Cornell University, and Michigan State University, among others.


PIPRA facilitates collaborative IP management among participating research institutions by providing a searchable database; legal research regarding freedom-to-operate (FTO) issues; common licensing approaches; improved access to technologies with maximal FTO; training; and technical assistance with IP management.


In September 2006, Meridian facilitated a meeting, convened by PIPRA, of representatives from countries that are technology providers to discuss approaches for public-sector collaboration on IP management in agriculture in developed and innovative developing countries. The meeting was aimed at exploring national and regional activities to promote public-sector collaboration for the broadest (humanitarian and commercial) application of existing and emerging agricultural technologies, and identifying opportunities for international collaboration between like-minded national and regional networks.

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