What We Do
Large scale increases in producer incomes due to value capture strategies
Currently producers of distinctive or high quality exports from African developing countries receive export prices that are on average only 3-5% of the value their distinctive products generate in the final retail markets, while importers collect most of the producers' share. Research undertaken by Light Years IP indicates a potential to return approximately $1.4 billion more income to African farmers, producers, and artisans based on just 14 products analyzed.
IP Value Capture:
The IPVC method is paradigm-shifting, as a highly effective method of permanent and sustainable change to the position of low-income Least Developed Country (LDC) producers. IPVC focuses on using Intellectual Property business tools and strategies to help producers take more control over the distribution of their distinctive products and dramatically increase their share of export income.
Strategy based on education:
A crucial part of Light Years IP's success is their investment in well-constructed education materials focused on the business strategies of IP Value Capture. These reach across all levels, including government ministers, export officials, farmers and producers, as well as trainers. Light Years IP is funded by the USPTO to do country-wide education in Tanzania and Uganda.
Empowerment for women:
As women comprise a higher percentage of the farmers of Africa, many of the Light Years initiatives directly serve to empower women and enhance their role in the community. Most recently Light Years is working on an initiative to advance women shea butter producers in Northern Uganda and South Sudan.