Fair Access - Just Results!
PIIPA was the first and is the global leader in providing pro bono IP services to developing countries. Despite the growing debate about the complex global role of intellectual property over the past decade, and the diversity of policy initiatives and academic studies spawned by (and contributing to) this debate, little has been done to meet the practical demands of developing countries and public interest organizations for access to intellectual property expertise on a case-by-case basis.
Wealthier organizations and private industry have access to such expertise, by paying for the services of the intellectual property professionals that are concentrated in developed countries. In contrast, in developing countries, there are few intellectual property professionals and many organizations cannot afford to pay for their services.
Moreover, many intellectual property professionals are ill-equipped to meet the needs of public interest clients. Society benefits when all people have access to good information and competent advice, and fairness dictates that when poor and excluded people are confronted with the very complicated issues involving intellectual property, they should have access to expert advice and representation.
PIIPA was established as an independent international service and referral organization that can help fill the need for assistance by making the know-how of intellectual property professionals available to developing countries. PIIPA’s services are practical, not policy-oriented.
PIIPA’s goal is to provide balance and information that may help harness the power of informed debate to solve problems, and combat the fear and ignorance that make solutions impossible and lead to protracted disputes. PIIPA’s beneficiaries are finding new ways to solve problems in such contentious and difficult fields as traditional knowledge, biodiversity, health, and agriculture.
We are governed by a volunteer board of directors and gain additional guidance from an International Advisory Board comprised of IP thought leaders from every continent. PIIPA is a tax-exempt corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
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