The Intellectual Assests Principles were approved in March 2012. These IA Principles constitute a policy that provides a common position and framework for governing the production, acquisition, management and dissemination of intellectual assets (IA) and use of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) with an aim of maximizing global accessibility of CGIAR IA for achieving broadest possible impact on target beneficiaries.
The IA Principles (the policy) acknowledge CGIAR’s mandate of generating global public goods for achieving large-scale impact and are intended to further the CGIAR’s Vision: “A world free of poverty, hunger and environmental degradation”. However, the policy also recognises that restrictions to global accessibility may be necessary in some cases with more nuanced approaches for managing intellectual assets, including through intellectual property rights and licencing arrangements, for targeting impacts to intended beneficiaries. It sets the conditions for the latter with the aim of serving transparency as well as maximum impact. The policy concerns matters that are critical for the reputation of CGIAR. At the time of the Policy’s approval, it was considered to reflect a compromise that “balances trust and Center autonomy with accountability and transparency.”
The review will cover the IA Principles in a comprehensive manner regarding coverage, adequacy and appropriateness of the policy. The review will assess both appropriateness and effectiveness of the IA principles and the efficiency and transparency of their implementation. It will also assess any reputational issues that may arise from the manner by which CGIAR manages and governs its IA, including through the policy.