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Legal Counsel and Intellectual Property

The mission of the CGIAR Consortium General Counsel is to further the strategic goals of the CGIAR Consortium by providing legal guidance and expertise in a broad range of fields.

This includes:

  • Managing all legal matters involving or affecting the CGIAR Consortium as an independent international organization, in order to ensure proper compliance and stewardship;
  • Coordinating, in collaboration with CGIAR Consortium members, Consortium-wide positions, policies, and guidelines on key issues such as the management of intellectual assets, data management, biotech, etc., which are key to ensuring clarity for our stakeholders and greater consistency in the way we engage with our partners;
  • Supporting a network of legal/intellectual property (IP) practitioners of CGIAR Consortium members in order to build capacity, leverage knowledge, and ensure effective and consistent IP management; and
  • Ensuring visibility of outputs and raising awareness on legal/IP matters affecting CGIAR stakeholders.

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CGIAR Intellectual Asset Management

Maximizing global accessibility and impact

The CGIAR Principles on the Management of Intellectual Assets allow for two types of agreements which, although they place restrictions on global access, can be important to achieve impact for our target beneficiaries and further the CGIAR vision:

Restricted Use Agreements

Accessing and using third party Intellectual Assets is essential to conduct the best research in furtherance of the CGIAR vision.  When providing such access and use, third parties may sometimes impose downstream restrictions on the global accessibility of the resulting intellectual assets (such as exclusivity, confidentiality, etc.).  In certain cases, and under certain conditions Centers may deem it appropriate to enter into such agreements known as ‘Restricted Use Agreements’ – for full details of conditions and examples of use refer to S.6 of the CGIAR IA Principles, and the accompanying guidelines.  View news items on Restricted Use Agreements.

Limited Exclusivity Agreements

Centers may grant limited exclusivity for commercialization of their intellectual assets under certain conditions.  These conditions include that the exclusivity must be as limited as possible in terms of duration and territory, and that such a restriction to access is necessary to enhance the impact for target beneficiaries.  These kinds of agreements are referred to as ‘Limited Exclusivity Agreements’ – for full details of conditions and examples of use refer to S.6 of the CGIAR IA Principles, and the accompanying guidelines.  View news items on Limited Exclusivity Agreements.