Intellectual Assets Policy

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) is part of the CGIAR Consortium.

The CGIAR IA Principles were adopted by the CGIAR Consortium and the Fund Council and are effective as of 7 March 2012 on an interim 2-year basis. They are part of the Common Operational Framework which applies to all funding and implementation aspects of the Strategy and Results Framework, including CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs), regardless of funding source or implementing entity.

The CGIAR IA Principles mandate global accessibility of CGIAR research outputs as a general means to achieve impact. However, they also recognize that achieving impact sometimes requires restrictions to global accessibility. The CGIAR IA Principles therefore strive to reach a delicate balance between maintaining the founding value of global accessibility of CGIAR research outputs on the one hand, and proactively achieving targeted impacts by harnessing the power of Intellectual Property Rights (IP Rights) and licensing to better ensure that the outcomes of CGIAR research reach those who need them most, particularly small-scale farmers.

The CGIAR IA Principles establish common standards with respect to “all intellectual assets produced or acquired by the Consortium and/or the Centers”, including knowledge, publications and other information products, databases, improved germplasm, technologies, inventions, know-how, processes, software and distinctive signs, whether they are or not protected by IP rights (Intellectual Assets).

Therefore CIAT has updated its Intellectual Assets Policy based on the CGIAR IA Principles.