Samples of tropical forages conserved in vitro at CIAT gene bank in Colombia. Pic by Neil Palmer (CIAT)

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 strategy.

Restricted Use Agreements

Accessing and using third party Intellectual Assets is essential to conduct the best research in furtherance of the CGIAR strategy. 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.

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.

IP management in CGIAR (docs)

Restricted Use Agreements (public disclosures reported by Centers)

Limited Exclusivity Agreements (public disclosures reported by Centers)

Other agreements of interest

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