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PIIPA's First Meeting of the Community of Practice on IP
at the 2014 LJD (Law, Justice and Development) Week
at the World Bank- Tuesday, October 21, 2014


PIIPA has organized and is hosting the first Annual Meeting of the newly-formed Community of Practice on IP of the World Bank's Global Forum on Law, Justice, and Development, at the 2014 LJD Week.  Information for that event is as follows:

TUE-07: Intellectual Property in support of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development 
Tuesday, 21/Oct/2014:
9:00am - 10:30am
Location: MC9-100

Co-Chairs of the Community Practice on Intellectual Property
·         Pacyinz Lyfoung, Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors-PIIPA, Program Director
·         Rowena M. Gorospe, World Bank, Senior Counsel
·         Seth Watkins and Houda Morad, Steptoe and Johnson LLP- “IP and Gender”
·         Lucinda Longcroft, WIPO-NY Office, Head- “IP in support of the development agenda and sustainable development”
·         Dr. Ok Pannenborg, COHRED- FAIR RESEARCH CONTRACTING (FRC) INITIATIVE: “Where there is no lawyer...”: Guidance on fair contracts and negotiation in collaborative health research.
Session Abstract

This session—after framing selected dimensions of global public interest intellectual property—will discuss the creation of this new Community of Practice, IP and Gender, COHRED
Fairness IndexTM (CFI) and its Fair Research Contracting (FRC) initiative in the health research setting, IP in support of the development agenda and sustainable development, and
multisectoral approaches. The panel includes representatives from NGOs, private law firms doing global pro bono, and multilateral organizations.

To register for the event, click here
You may also join via web audio:

Community of Practice IPR
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
9:00 am  |  Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)  |  2 hr
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Meeting number: 737 994 641
Meeting password: community21
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Updated PIIPA Bioprospecting Resource Guide

PIIPA IP Corps Members (Christian Martinez, Leire Merino, Aleksandr Belinskiy and Pacyinz Lyfoung) updated PIIPA's 2004 Bioprospecting Resource Guide, which provides information on resources and sample forms related to bioprospecting issues.  That new edition is now available here.


June 2014- PIIPA SURVEY and PIIPA's Assistance to Swiss Public Radio

PIIPA Survey

Dear PIIPA supporters:
As you have probably learned, Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors (PIIPA) is engaged in a strategic planning and transition process.  See PIIPA’s March 2014 newsletter.  A crucial step forward is to gain input and advice from you as experts closely involved with PIIPA.  You are part of a very impressive group.  PIIPA is counting on you.   Therefore, we are asking you to complete a brief strategic planning survey.  It should take you no more  than 5-10 minutes.  Please click below and answer the few questions there so your valuable opinions won’t be left out of the results.  We would appreciate receiving your input by Wednesday, May 28. 
Your Anonymous Survey Link:

PIIPA was established in 2002 as an independent international service and referral organization that can help fill the need for assistance by making the know-how of IP professionals available to developing countries and public interest organization on a case-by-case basis.  Keeping that in mind, we really hope you have more to say about PIIPA’s future than the survey answers alone.  Please make liberal use of the comment boxes.  For example, referrals to other people such as collaborators and funders would be very helpful.  The final question will provide you with an opportunity to identify yourself, if you are willing to do so.  As head of the strategic planning team, I welcome the opportunity to spend more time with you to gain more in-depth suggestions  and to address any questions or comments you may have regarding the survey or PIIPA’s strategic planning and transition process in general.  You may contact me via email at   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and we can arrange a time for a phone call if you wish.  The PIIPA Program Director Pacyinz Lyfoung ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) is also available to answer any questions you may have.
Your participation is vital to PIIPA’s future and is most appreciated.


Bratislav Stankovic

PIIPA's Assistance to Swiss Public Radio

When a Swiss Public Radio program sought reputable and trustworthy global IP technical expertise, it found PIIPA. We were pleased to make a small contribution to this public service.  For our German-speaking members and supporters, here is a link to the related radio program: 


Spring 2014 PIIPA News:

Two New Ways
for PIIPA to Promote Global Public Interest IP
and Strengthen Global IP Professional Communities


PIIPA is Co-Leading the Community of Practice on Intellectual Property (CoP on IP) under the Thematic Working Group on the Law and the Economy of the World Bank's Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development (GFLJD).

The GFLJD intends to provide an innovative and dynamic international system of exchange and knowledge translation, in a multi-disciplinary approach, which combines economic, legal, and technical aspects of targeted issues.  Relying on the development of an interactive web-based platform, the GFLJD seeks to leverage production and dissemination of development-related legal knowledge and customized legal solution to development issues. 

PIIPA would be glad to hear from organizations, institutions and individuals, who may be interested in participating in the CoP on IP or have suggestions for the work agenda of the CoP on IP, and are invited to contact PIIPA's Program Director, Pacyinz Lyfoung, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


PIIPA's Program Director, Pacyinz Lyfoung, is Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law (ASIL)'s Intellectual Property Law Interest Group (IPLIG).

Founded in 1906, ASIL serves as a preeminent scholarly society in the international law field through its publications, conferences, research and educational programs, which support the study and use of international law as a cornerstone of a just and peaceful world.  ASIL members are actively engaged in various interest groups focusing on specific areas of international law.  

If you have suggestions for IPLIG, please contact Pacyinz Lyfoung, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



IP and Women Facts:

  • Women Inventors made up 20% of the WIPO Medal and Other Distinctions given to inventors in 118 countries, between 1979 and 2009.
  • Women and Girls engagement in IP is part of WIPO's efforts to support the United Nations' Millennium Goals (MDG), particularly MDG 3.A to promote gender equality and empower women through the elimination of gender disparity in education.
  • Gender statistics on patent statistics is available and is the only IP gender data available because The Paris Convention for the Protection Industrial Property mandates that inventors be named as such.
  • 40% to 50% of small/medium size businesses (SMEs) are owned and run by women around the world.  Those women entrepreneurs are actual or potential owners of trademarks, service marks, trade names, and other IP.  SMEs are widely recognized as a key sector of economic growth and job creation.
  • Women farmers are involved in all aspects of traditional agriculture and often hold related traditional knowledge.
  • WIPO promotes IP and women as an important issue, and is actively involved in capacity building targeting women, such as via a 2012-13 IP training for women hosted in South Korea with 25 participants from the Central Asian countries of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan.

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.




   This book examines the social impact of intellectual property laws. It addresses issues and
   trends relating to health, food security, education, new technologies, preservation of
   bio-cultural heritage, and contemporary challenges in promoting the arts. It explores
   how intellectual property frameworks could be better calibrated to meet socioeconomic
   needs in countries at different stages of development, with local contexts and culture in  
   mind.


Volunteer for the IP Corps

If you are an IP professional please join us by completing the Volunteer Form. PIIPA's pro bono coordinator will contact you about matching your skills with a project.

Apply for Assistance

To request assistance from PIIPA's IP Corps Volunteers, please complete the Assistance Seeker Form. PIIPA's pro bono coordinator will then contact you to discuss the specific needs for assistance.


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