Session 7: IPRs II: How Intellectual Property Rights can affect the daily management of PGRFA

Intellectual property rights (especially PBR and patents) have important implications for the development, improvement, access to and distribution of genetic resources held in in situ and, especially, ex situ conditions. The TRIPS Agreement brought about important changes and new minimum international standards on IP protection, which are having considerable impact on research and development on genetic resources and the generation of related technologies.

Training materials for session 7 include lecture notes, a PowerPoint presentation and an interactive group practice exercise. The exercise aims to develop an understanding of the need for an institutional IP Policy Statement to address practical issues of IP and plant genetic resources.

Additional handouts to enrich the training include a summary of overheads for each presentation, references to the full-text of relevant laws and policies and a bibliography for further reading.

Other materials for trainers include an overview with a complete list of handouts, workshop schedule, an evaluation form and Day 3 Instructions for Trainers with a timed schedule of activities and handouts. See also Information for Trainers , for a selection of templates, tips, and step-by-step guidelines for planning and delivering a successful training workshop.

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