"Prepared by and for policy-makers, leaders of public sector research establishments, technology transfer professionals, licensing executives, and scientists, this online resource offers up-to-date information and strategies for utilizing the power of both intellectual property and the public domain. Emphasis is placed on advancing innovation in health and agriculture, though many of the principles outlined here are broadly applicable across technology fields.
Eschewing ideological debates and general proclamations, the authors always keep their eye on the practical side of IP management. The site is based on a 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.This sounds too good to be true. Add the sincere commitment of the work's publishers, PIPRA (the Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture) and MIHR (the Center for the Management of Intellectual Property Health Research and Development), and one might imagine a book thatanyone in IP in the agricultural and health fields, or indeed in any other field, would not be seen without. Yet this book, published in 2007, only came to this author's attention by chance and he has yet to hear anyone in any IP sector even mention it. A Google search reinforces the suggestion that this book has not made its intended mark: keying in its title, this reviewer got just 770 hits. Sadly, the book's accompanying blog has just three items on it, of which the most recent was posted just over a year ago, which also suggests a lack of interest -- or at least a lack of identification of readers with the core concept.
Come inside. You will find 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. If you are a policymaker, a senior administrator, a technology transfer manager, or a scientist, we invite you to use the site guide customized for you. 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".