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Genetic Resources & Traditional Knowledge Committee


The IPO Genetic Resources & Traditional Knowledge Committee will focus on developing IPO positions relating to the intersection of genetic resource and traditional knowledge issues and intellectual property law.  The goal is to develop legal frameworks for access and benefit sharing that will lead to increased international conservation and to effective and equitable utilization of genetic resources and traditional knowledge.

The Committee will advise the Board of Directors of IPO and its membership about proposed legal frameworks for access and benefit sharing, including the use of form material transfer agreements and the impact of special patent disclosure requirements.  The Committee will monitor and study proposals from and provide input to other organizations, including the CBD, WIPO, WTO, USPTO, EPO, JPO and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

Committee Roster

Chair: Manisha A. Desai, Eli Lilly and Co.
Vice Chair: Bill Warren, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Secretary: Jennifer Burdman, King & Spalding
Board Liaison: Mike Young, Roche, Inc.
Staff Liaison: Vanessa Pierce Rollins, Intellectual Property Owners Association


 Lawrence Kong
 Amgen, Inc.

 Matthew L. Madsen
 Monsanto Co.

 David R. Marsh
 Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

 Bhanu Sadasivan
 McDermott Will & Emery


Non-Voting Member:Maximilienne Giannelli, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

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