IP is an integral part of economic and human development, relevant to a broad range of approaches and sectors. Consequently, to effectively do its global public interest IP work, PIIPA is involved in many diverse partnerships and collaborations.
World Bank’s Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development (WB-GFLJD)-Community of Practice on IP
The WB-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 WB-GFLJD seeks to leverage production and development-related legal knowledge and customized legal solutions to development issues.
The Community of Practice (CoP) on IP was just established in March of 2014, under the co-leadership of PIIPA and a legal IP expert from the World Bank. This CoP on IP provides a space for community of practitioners interested in promoting IP for global public goods. It seeks to explore more effective ways of leveling the playing field in the area of IP to realize the full potential of IP as an equitable and valuable tool/mechanism for human and economic development in developing countries. In the coming years, it expects to be actively engaged in the global efforts to achieve the SDGs.
The CoP on IP held the first meeting of its membership at the 2014 Law Week, where IP and Gender, fair contracting in global health R&D, and WIPO SDGs’ perspectives were shared. A team of PIIPA volunteers from Steptoe&Johnson produced and represented a new paper on IP and Gender.
For more info on the CoP on IP, click here, http://globalforumljd.org/themes/cops/intellectual_property.htm.
WIPO GREEN is a global and multisectoral interactive marketplace that promotes innovation and diffusion of green technologies, via its network and its online data base. WIPO GREEN’s uniqueness consists of its assembling in one place technologies at all stages of development, from upstream research to marketable products (and everything in between). These technologies are thus made available for license, collaboration, joint ventures and sale.
300 Pro Bono Pledge and 2014 South-South Development Conference Presentation
PIIPA committed 300 pro bono hours in support of WIPO GREEN at the 2014 South South Cooperation Conference held in Washington-DC, where it also made a presentation on the importance of pro bono/low cost IP assistance for sustainable development.
PIIPA’s Partiicipation at the WIPO GREEN 2015 Spring Meeting in Manila, Philippines- a report from Gunawan Suryomurcito-Rouse, PIIPA IP Corps Member
(text and pictures coming soon)
COHRED’s Fair Contract Project
PIIPA is one of the Partners for COHRED's Fair Research Contracting, providing both IP expert support and now, IP Handbook support, which will both facilitate developing countries' efforts on equitable global health R&D.
LAW FIRM PARTNERSHIPS
One of the PIIPA co-founders is a partner at Venable and was able to secure office space, in kind contributions and pro bono services from his colleagues over the years. As Michael Gollin, PIIPA’s longtime Board Chair and driving force has cut down on his activities due to his ALS health condition, Venable continues to support PIIPA in solidarity and respect for Michael’s global public interest IP work.
Sidley-Austin Africa-Asia Agricultural Entreprise Pro Bono Program
The Africa-Asia Agricultural Enterprise Pro Bono Program was launched in 2012 by Sidley Austin, to provide free legal support to small and medium sized agricultural-related enterprises and development non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Africa and Asia. The program aims to impact and benefit the small, poor farmers and farm workers, particularly women, who labor at the bottom of the food chain.
PIIPA and Sidley-Austin plan to expand their collaborative work.