Intellectual Property Manager

With dual legal/scientific training (PhD Law, M Int’l Law, MSc Plant Biology, BSc Microbiology) specialized in intellectual property, Carolina Rao is part of the legal team at CIAT and provides support to the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture on legal issues. Carolina has a long-standing interest and hands-on experience in plant genetic resources, including regulatory frameworks as well as in-depth expertise in IP rights, patent landscapes and freedom-to-operate (FTO) aspects related to agricultural biotechnologies.

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