The global development community is increasingly embracing innovation to aid developing countries. But as donors fund more technology solutions, intellectual property ownership, which can vary across donors and types of awards, also becomes an important consideration.
While there are general rules that guide agreements regarding IP ownership, determining to whom IP rights should belong is still a case-to-case decision.
“What’s the best way to treat IP that’s going to further our development objective?” said Gayle Girod, chief innovation counsel at USAID, describing how the agency is evaluating and dealing with IP ownership today.
Anna Patricia Valerio is a Manila-based development analyst focusing on writing innovative, in-the-know content for senior executives in the international development community. Before joining Devex, Patricia wrote and edited business, technology and health stories for BusinessWorld, a Manila-based business newspaper.
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