Welcome to Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors
Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors, Inc. (PIIPA) is an international nonprofit organization that provides pro bono intellectual property (IP) legal counsel to governments, businesses, indigenous peoples, and public interest organizations in developing countries that seek to promote health, agriculture, biodiversity, science, culture, and the environment.
The modern economy is a knowledge based economy which relies not only on physical property rights but also on intellectual property rights. Intellectual property rights are exclusive rights over creations of the mind. These include inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce. The world economy has come to depend on IP goods – from software and pharmaceuticals to cell phones, traditional knowledge and genetic resources. In many ways, intellectual property rights play a similar role to physical property rights. Secure intellectual property rights create incentives for innovation just as secure property rights create incentives for production.
Intellectual property laws, like all legal systems, work best when everyone has opportunity to access the legal system and receive the protections of these laws. The problem is that only a fraction of the world’s population currently has the knowledge and/or means necessary to access the intellectual property legal system and use these laws.
PIIPA was created to address the intellectual property inequities that exist in the global economy.
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Summary of the Proposal.
Wennovation Hub Initiative Ltd/Gte is an NGO based in Nigeria that focuses on promoting innovation and economic development in Nigeria via two major programs for incubator and for venture capital. It is seeking to partner with Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors (PIIPA) to establish a comprehensive IP training and management system. PIIPA is a global public interest IP NGO, offering pro bono matchmaking and low cost consulting services through the assistance of pro bono IP expertise. PIIPA operates on a participatory model.
WIPO MATCH is a digital platform and network seeking to assist IP projects find interested partners to achieve intended goals. Unlike other WIPO digital platforms which are thematically-specific and follow specific business models, such as WIPO Re:Search which is a non-profit partnership for global health innovations or WIPO GREEN which is a marketplace for green technology transfer, WIPO MATCH is open to a great range of IP projects and various means of partnerships.
What is needed.
Wennovation Hub and PIIPA jointly seek partnership and funding for the establishment of a comprehensive IP training and management system, which can be a pilot and model for incubator and venture capital for NGOs in Africa, accounting for Africa specific issues, eg, Islamic lending and investing or strengthening of national innovation infrastructure. We will work on:
· Establishment of a 3 year pro bono IP service
· Establishment of a 3 year mentorship program between scientists in developed countries and scientists in Nigeria
· Development of an IP management system tailored to African innovation
· Development and/or acquisition of a software system tailored to African innovation
· Development of a model in-person and online IP
· Project monitoring and evaluation for 3 years to inform similar efforts
Who do we wish to partner with?
· Potential donors, venture capitalists and banks/credit interested in this type of groundbreaking project with social responsibility impact
· Academic and research mentor institutions and scientists
· Private law firms interested in African innovations
· Software companies for the IP management system