Webinar topic: Intellectual Property Rights in Agricultural Research for Development
Western Hemisphere Session: 29 October, 9:00 am CDT / GMT -5 (Cali, Colombia timezone)
Eastern Hemisphere Session: 31 October, 8:30 am CET / GMT +1 (Geneva, Switzerland timezone)
Technological innovation is developing quickly, in some areas even exponentially. The food security and agricultural sectors are no exception; important advances have been made in areas such as advanced mechanics, bio-technology, sophisticated nature-based systems approaches, and others.
It is increasingly recognized that global challenges such a food security and climate change cannot be met without significant advances in innovation and technology. All innovation has a source, and recognizing and protecting the rights of the innovator is at the core of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) system. The IPR system was created to stimulate innovation based on a balanced approach. It provides a time-bound control over the use of an innovation, whether the intention is for commercial use or free public access.
The webinar will introduce the IPR system in the context of agricultural research for development. It will explain patents and other relevant IPR instruments, their merits and limitations, and illustrate how the IPR system can serve agricultural research in the context of CGIAR.
The webinar is organized by WIPO GREEN in cooperation with CGIAR Platform for Big Data. WIPO GREEN is part of the Global Challenges Division at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a UN specialized agency based in Geneva. WIPO GREEN addresses the global challenges of climate change, food security, and the environment by mobilizing innovation and technology as solutions in relation to these challenges.