Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose primary goal is to improve the ability of developing countries to manage, protect, or challenge intellectual property in the public interest. To this end, PIIPA was formed to help governments, government agencies and non-government public service organizations acquire intellectual property expertise on a pro bono basis, in order to meet the health, agricultural, environmental and cultural needs of developing countries. PIIPA seeks to promote volunteerism among intellectual property professionals worldwide to serve developing country public interest needs. PIIPA serves as a mechanism for networking between intellectual property legal professionals in different countries, and as outreach to such professionals. PIIPA offers services to those who need assistance from a broad range of areas, including: intergovernmental organizations (e.g., WHO, UNAIDS, FAO, South Centre); non-industrialized country governments and government agencies; certain research institutions (e.g., universities and government funded public laboratories in developing countries); international research consortia (e.g., CGIAR centers, disease specific public-private partnerships); non-governmental organizations and non-profit entities (e.g., MIHR, PIPRA); and certain qualifying small-to-medium enterprises and individual innovators. For these applicants, PIIPA seeks to arrange professional representation for a wide range of intellectual property services. These include: patent prosecution, counseling, licensing and litigation; trademark prosecution, counseling, licensing and litigation; copyright counseling, licensing and litigation; trade secret protection, counseling, licensing and litigation; legislative counseling (e.g., drafting legislation and regulations in relation to intellectual property matters); and national, international and multinational dispute resolution. PIIPA has developed a worldwide corps of IP professionals ("IP Corps") able and willing to provide pro bono representation to developing country clients. At the present time our members number 200, and represent countries around the world. Members of the IP corps are solicited via professional associations, direct solicitations, and professional firm networking.

Implementation methodologies

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Government of Sierra Leone - Policy Planning & Research Division
Government of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Department for International Development (DFID)
Government of United States of America - US National Institutes of Health

Major Groups:
Centre for Intellectual Property Policy (Canada)
Public Intellectual Property Resource in Agriculture (PIPRA) (Canada)
Liu, Shen & Associates (China)
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) (Kenya)
Peruvian Society for Environmental Law - International Affairs and Biodiversity Program (Peru)
Center for New Medical Technologies-TEMPO (Russian Federation)
Centre for the Management of Intellectual Property in Health Research and Development (MIHR) (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Agricultural Policy Research Institute (SEAPRI) (United States of America)
American Association for the Advancement of Science (United States of America)
American Bar Association (United States of America)
BioVision (United States of America)
Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (United States of America)
Franklin Pierce Law Center (United States of America)
Global Biodiversity Institute (United States of America)
LightYears, Inc (United States of America)
Orrick Law Firm (United States of America)
Sidley Austin Brown and Wood LLP (United States of America)
Venable Attorneys (United States of America)
World Federalist Association (United States of America)
Vietnamese Intellectual Property Association (Viet Nam)

UN System:
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (Switzerland)
World Bank Group (United States of America)

Other intergovernmental organizations:
Global Environment Facility (GEF) (United States of America)

Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors (United States of America)
Universidad de Costa Rica (Costa Rica)
Capetown University (South Africa)
Sigrid Rausing Trust (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Rockefeller Foundation (funder) (United States of America)
Smithsonian Institution (United States of America)
University of California, Berkeley Law Clinic (United States of America)
Washington University School of Law (United States of America)
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This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: 2022-12-31
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