Intellectual Property Policy

(As approved by IFPRI’s Board of Trustees on October 22, 2005)

Policies related to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and dissemination of research output is of great international interest and concern both to the CGIAR as a whole, and IFPRI in particular. Therefore, the International Food Policy Research Institute publicly states that it will operate under the following policy principles in regards to IPR matters. These principles are consistent with IFPRI’s mission while allowing some flexibility to respond to global developments in how IPR is viewed by others with whom IFPRI cooperates in accomplishing its mission.

  1. IFPRI will ensure that it is in full and complete compliance with US and International IPR laws and regulations as they relate to its operations and programs.
  2. IFPRI views its own final research outputs as “International Public Goods” and as such shall use the most appropriate mechanisms to make these results freely available to all.
  3. IFPRI shall not seek IPR protection on its own final research outputs, unless such protection is clearly beneficial in terms of ensuring public access to such research results. In the case of copyrights IFPRI shall seek such protection as appropriate and indicate that free use is permitted subject to appropriate citation.
  4. IFPRI adheres to the principle of unrestricted public access to its own final research outputs and will make such outputs freely available.
  5. IFPRI shall continue its close collaboration with public organizations, private institutions and funding agencies in furtherance of its mission. In agreements between IFPRI and its collaborative partners, IPR provisions will be included that adhere to the following objectives: (a) protect the collaborator’s own confidential information as required by the collaborator’s own policies; (b) ensure that access to outputs of such collaborations are made available on a fair and equitable basis with as few restrictions as possible; (c) allow for commercialization where it benefits the resource poor; (d) required the collaborator to incur any costs associated with obtaining, maintaining, and commercializing any resulting IPR; (e) ensure that all parties to the collaboration obtain a non-exclusive, irrevocable, world-wide, royalty-free right to use any resulting IPR; and (f) require the payment to IFPRI of royalties based on the net profit of money earned on any resulting IPR.
  6. IFPRI may seek IPR on its own inventions and materials developed by the center, including those obtained through research collaboration, where such IPR is necessary to ensure free access to these materials or technologies. In the area of copyrights IFPRI shall seek such protection as appropriate and in a manner that allows free usage of such materials with appropriate citation.
  7. IFPRI shall distribute all appropriate research materials from the center together with a material transfer agreement (MTA) that shall ensure that recipients cannot seek IPR on the materials.