What BiOS-compatible agreements are available?
Versions of the first BiOS license, developed for plant molecular enabling technologies (info), has been executed by a range of companies and non-profits of all sizes, based in many countries in the developing and developed world.
There is considerable interest in the use of BiOS-compliant agreements for access and benefits sharing related to genetic resources and genetic information. We also developed a license for genetic resource indexing technologies, but CAMBIA has released the patents on these technologies, so a license from CAMBIA is no longer required.
We've recently developed a simpler version of the plant technology license, and a similar license for health-related technologies is also being drafted. We also have a version that can be offered by any technology provider for any technology. Additional agreements can be developed as more technology is made available for sharing under these terms.
All BiOS-compatible agreements have these characteristics:
- Ownership of technology stays with the owner
- A world-wide, non-exclusive, royalty-free non-assertion covenant to make and use the technology and improvements.
- Mechanisms for sharing information that is desirable to share, such as public safety information
- No differentiation between a research license and a commercial license. All BiOS-compatible agreements allow the development of products for profit or for public good.