Considerations of Intellectual Property Issues in the CGIAR

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Presented by Dr Sean Butler, University of Cambridge, at WorldFish HQ, Malaysia, 3rd April 2014.

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“Food for Thought” Seminar WorldFish April 2014 Dr. Sean Butler, University of Cambridge

Food for Thought:

Food for Thought “What should we do with the knowledge we create?”

Food for Thought:

Food for Thought “What should we do with the knowledge we create?” Knowledge = Intellectual Property, Intellectual Assets, IA What should we do = IA strategy

Food for Thought:

Food for Thought Any organisation which produces knowledge has Intellectual Assets (IA), and it has a responsibility to manage its IA properly. For a business this is fairly straightforward, since it must do so in ways that maximise revenue and profit. For a CGIAR Centre it is more complicated, but even so, there are some basic principles.

Food for Thought:

Food for Thought Good management of IA • awareness of all contracts with an IA element • process to review contracts before approval • ownership or control of all work funded or carried out • ensure compliance with rules of the CGIAR

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Food for Thought Compliance with IA Principles • sound management of IA; • manage IA to maximise global accessibility and to further the CGIAR Vision; • enter into exclusive agreements (LEAs) so far only as necessary, and as limited as possible • proper reporting to CO – by the IP Focal Point, and the Board

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Food for Thought Compliance with Open Access policy • ensure all research is freely and openly available; • publications will be open access (most subscription-based journals are closed-access) – probably by agreement with the publisher (possibly at a fee); • unpublished data must be made available (freely and searchable) the ;

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Food for Thought “What should we do with the knowledge we create?” For a CGIAR Centre, that means we should manage it in ways that best deliver on our mission, eg is of most benefit to resource-poor farmers in developing countries.

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Food for Thought We should be evaluating the ways in which we can handle our knowledge: • eg public domain, publishing, distributing • putting into systems, networks • sharing with public sector partners in collaborations • working with private sector – some exclusivity

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Food for Thought “What is the best way of dealing with ourknowledge ?” • publication is a low-cost way of giving free access to all (and is consistent with the CGIAR vision) • open access to data and publications may be valuable, but at significant cost (c $100k/Centre/pa) • integrating IA into systems and networks may be difficult and slow • exclusive arrangements with companies are harder to implement, conflict with the CGIAR vision, but may be more effective

Thank you, Dr Sean Butler:

Thank you, Dr Sean Butler

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