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August 8, 2005
New Pierce Law IP Public Policy Clinic Assists with GLobal Technology Transfer

Reprinted from PIPRA: Public Intellectual Property Resources for Agriculture, July 2005, Issue 1

New Affiliations Provide Greater Research Capacity

PIPRA collaborates with IP law schools to expand our legal research capacity. In a pilot program, Washington University School of Law’s Intellectual Property and Business formation Clinic (http://law.wustl.edu/IPTech/), managed by Charles R. McManis, Scott Kieff, and David Deal, completed in depth background research to examine whether enabling tools (promoters) are in the public domain. This research provides the background for PIPRA’s requests for claims analysis from IP attorneys and furthers our investigation into the FTO of commonly-used enabling technologies. PIPRA and Washington University have plans to continue the collaborative FTO research and explore other synergies. New developments at The Franklin Pierce Law Center (FPLC, http://www.piercelaw.edu/) will form the basis for continued collaboration with PIPRA. FPLC has approved plans to establish an International Development Intellectual Property Clinical Program (IDIP Clinic), headed by Professor Peter Wright, Professor Karen Hersey and Dr. Stanley P. Kowalski. This will be a hands-on, practical educational program, dedicated to advancing awareness, understanding and practice of IP and legal acumen pertaining to the transfer of ag-biotech and pharmaceutical applications from industrialized to developing countries. Program development and implementation. A potential long-term program goal is to build institutional capacity in specific developing country technology-transfer offices. By partnering with institutions in developing countries, the PIPRA/FPLC initiative will forge a long-term relationship in cooperative IP legal education and training, so as to support sustainable ag-biotech transfer, development, innovation and utilization. This will ultimately contribute to the establishment of fully functional, independent technology- transfer/IP management offices in several regions in the developing world.

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