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Editor-in-Chief,   Anatole Krattiger

Editorial Board

Concept Foundation


Fiocruz, Brazil

bioDevelopments-   Institute

About the ipHandbook

This site is based on the comprehensive Handbook and Executive Guide that provide substantive discussions and analysis of the opportunities awaiting anyone in the field who wants to put intellectual property to work. The printed version includes 153 chapters on a full range of IP topics and over 50 case studies, composed by over 200 authors from North, South, East, and West, whereas this online resource contains much more than the Handbook. Among others, users like you are expanding the content with comments, discussions and document uploads.

If you are new to this site, we invite you to use the site guides available for policymakers, senior administrators, technology transfer managers, or scientists. The site guide distills the key points of each IP topic covered by the Handbook into simple language and places it in the context of evolving best practices specific to your professional role within the overall picture of IP management.

The Handbook with the companion Executive Guide, and this web site, have been developed by many dedicated individuals with the intent of making a resource available to the global community for putting intellectual property to work. The entire effort was overseen by an international Editorial Board.

We hope these resources uniquely contribute to efforts in global health and food security and the use of the Handbook and Executive Guide are endorsed by many distinguished individuals from our Board of Patrons.

The Handbook and Executive Guide were made possible with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Kauffman Foundation and distributed free of charge to low- and middle-income countries (subject to availability of funding and support for distribution) thanks to Distribution Support of many organizations.

This content of this web site, based on the Handbook and Executive Guide, was developed by a small team comprising Anatole Krattiger, Stanley Kowalski, Gregory Graff. The web site was designed and implemented by Dynamic Diagrams, Inc. and Frederick Toth and Associates with specific funding from the Rockefeller Foundation. The Handbook was published by MIHR and PIPRA, and the Executive Guide was published by MIHR, PIPRA, Fiocruz, and bioDevelopments-International Institute.

In 2008, we welcomed the Concept Foundation as the lead partner in the further development and maintenance of this online resource. This has been made possible thanks to continued support from the Rockefeller Foundation and collaboration with bioDevelopments-International Institute (through a team comprised of Anatole Krattiger, Stanley Kowalski, and Gregory Graff), Dynamic Diagrams, Inc., and Frederick Toth and Associates. For complete acknowledgements, please click here.

What people say:

Indeed, this Handbook and Executive Guide, a testament to the committed, excellent work of MIHR, PIPRA, and bioDevelopments-International Institute, might be the most thorough primer on intellectual property management for the public interest ever assembled. As such, it will be an indispensable tool for both planners and practitioners for years to come.
From the Letter of Transmittal by Judith Rodin, President, the Rockefeller Foundation

“This Handbook... is a valuable guide in helping to navigate the complex— but rewarding—world of an increasingly global innovation system.”
From the Handbook Foreword of Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

“Intellectual property (IP) has become a much richer field of endeavor as it has moved from isolationism in the world of policy to a position of engagement … [This Handbook] will serve as an invaluable resource in this challenging new environment.”
From the Handbook Foreword of Francis Gurry, Deputy Director General, WIPO

“[The] Executive Guide… will serve as a concise guide for experts and provide fascinating insight for all citizens of the Brave New World.”
From the Executive Guide’s Foreword of Dr Reddy

“I recommend this Guide to anyone interested in the practice of science in the twenty-first century or in the promotion of R&D in this new age of globalization of knowledge and trade...”
From the Executive Guide’s Foreword of Ismail Serageldin

“For all who believe, as I believe, that developing countries can—and should—participate in and benefit from an interconnected world of innovation, this book is an indispensable guide.”
Mahmoud F. Fathalla, Professor and former Dean, Medical School at Assiut University, Egypt, and Chairperson of the WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research

“This Handbook—which really transcends the category of handbooks altogether— is a must read for anyone who deals with intellectual property.”
Pramilla Senanayake, FRCOG, Chair, Global Forum for Health Research, MIHR, and the Concept Foundation

“Pragmatic IP management is building bridges between the world’s islands, be they economic, institutional, or geographic. The choice of this metaphor is not accidental. It affirms a key claim that reverberates within the pages of this book: the global IP system and innovation management are not about changing islands. Rather, it is about building bridges between them.”
From the Preface by Anatole Krattiger

“A resource for translating IP rights into realistic deals and practical solutions, the Executive Guide demystifies intellectual property, making the subject accessible to all. ”
From the Executive Guide’s Foreword by Sam Dryden

“At the dawn of the 21st century the world created an unprecedented wave of public–private partnerships. For such investments to bear fruit as public goods it is paramount to manage intellectual property with the public interest in mind. This Handbook provides expert guidance to do just that and will assist in developing new capabilities in low- and middle-income countries.”
Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation