“IP resources the right size, at the right time, in the right place”

Primary Activities

  • Operating a pro bono direct service that matches assistance seekers to individual volunteers or teams who can provide advice and representation on IP matters
  • Expanding a worldwide network of IP professional volunteers - the IP Corps - to provide pro bono services
  • Maintaining an online resource center with information for professionals, students, and those seeking assistance

Track Record

  • Created a network of  3,000+ pro bono IP experts in 50 countries
  • Coordinated pro bono support for 100 clients in over 30 developing countries, including individuals, small & medium enterprises and government agencies
  • Valuation of donated expertise and in-kind services over USD $1M
  • Conducted a global survey to determine the worldwide need for pro-bono intellectual property assistance
  • Organized law seminars and knowledge exchange events, such as a symposium on the ‘Need for Pro bono Intellectual Property Assistance in Developing Countries

Services available through the IP Corps

  • Negotiation of access and benefit-sharing agreements in relation to genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge
  • Resolution of national, international and multinational disputes involving IP
  • Negotiation of agreements facilitating access to medicines
  • Drafting or review of legislation involving IP protection, e.g. in relation to genetic resources, traditional knowledge, and access to medicines
  • Dispute resolution on matters involving intellectual property rights and indigenous rights
  • Patent application, licensing, challenge and invalidation
  • Search and analysis of patent portfolios to determine freedom to operate
  • Trademark registration, licensing, challenge and invalidation
  • Certification mark registration, licensing, challenge and invalidation
  • Copyright counseling, licensing, and litigation
  • Trade secret protection, counseling, and litigation
  • Protection of geographical indications under national and international regimes
  • Analysis of provisions and flexibilities for developing countries within the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and in negotiating Free Trade Agreements
  • Analysis of the overlap between the protection of traditional knowledge and intellectual property rights

Sectors We Work In

  • Agricultural Technology
  • Biodiversity/Genetic Resources
  • Traditional Knowledge
  • Environment and Climate Change Technology Transfer
  • Information Technology 
  • Green Technology
  • Global Health

These unique services are not provided by any other nonprofit intellectual property organization.

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