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Light Years IP

Light Years IP (LYIP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating poverty by assisting developing country producers gain ownership of their Intellectual Property (IP) and to use the IP to increase their export income and improve the security of that income. LYIP is pioneering a Poverty Alleviating IP Solutions (PAIPS) approach to help developing world producers identify and own their IP. We believe IP offers a business strategy that can help developing countries increase income, improve the security of their income, and alleviate poverty. We assist producers, exporters, and governments in the developing world to analyze their export potential with respect to identifying the value of intangibles and then using IP tools (i.e. patents, trademarks, licenses) to secure more sustained and higher export income. The ownership of IP is secured in market countries through the existing IP legal frameworks of the developed world.

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10-15-08

Interest in Innovative Tools for Poverty Alleviation Grows

WASHINGTON,D.C. - October 15, 2008 "“ Light Years IP, a nonprofit organization specializing in export business strategies with intellectual property (IP) elements for developing countries, is seeing unprecedented interest levels in using IP tool such as trademarks, l...

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06-06-08

Light Years IP Launches a New Report, "Distinctive values in African Exports", at the Annual World Economic Forum on Africa

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA,. - June 6th, 2008 - Light Years IP a Washington, DC non-profit organization yesterday launched a new report on the potential for Intellectual Property (IP) business strategies to increase and secure income for low-income producers in sub-Saharan Afri...

Ethiopia and Caribou Coffee Partner in Quest to Improve Living Standards for Ethiopian Coffee Farmers     Image

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05-05-08

Ethiopia and Caribou Coffee Partner in Quest to Improve Living Standards for Ethiopian Coffee Farmers

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - May 4th, 2008 - Ethiopia's bold move to enlist the long-term support of major specialty coffee distributors in a new marketing partnership took a significant step forward today with Caribou Coffee joining Ethiopia's new Network of Licensed Distributors. ...

Ethiopia shares its unique coffee heritage with 10,000 coffee lovers at Specialty Coffee Association of America Conference and Builds Its New Coffee Marketing Network.   Image

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05-05-08

Ethiopia shares its unique coffee heritage with 10,000 coffee lovers at Specialty Coffee Association of America Conference and Builds Its New Coffee Marketing Network.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - May 5, 2008 - More than 10,000 fine coffee experts and coffee lovers arriving in a rainy Minneapolis for the 20th Annual Conference stepped off the plane and landed in the warm embrace of Ethiopia, the birthplace of all coffee and the first ever African co...

Ethiopia in Trademark First: New Coffee Brand Unveiled to Boot Income of Nation's 15 Million Coffee Farmers Image

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05-05-08

Ethiopia in Trademark First: New Coffee Brand Unveiled to Boot Income of Nation's 15 Million Coffee Farmers

May 5, 2008 - The Ethiopian Government today launches an innovative and radical new brand management program to champion its fine coffee export industry and the nation's unique, distinctive coffees. It is the first time that an African nation has undertaken such a contempor...

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04-30-08

Counter Culture Coffee Signs Ethiopian Fine Trademarking and Licensing Agreement

Washington, DC (April 30, 2008) - Durham, NC-based Counter Culture Coffee, which upholds its motto - Coffee Driven People - People Driven Coffee - has committed to foster the promotion of Ethiopia's fine coffees by becoming a licensed distributor of the country's t...

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04-29-08

Ethiopia Takes Center Stage at SCAA Conference

LONG BEACH, CA - (April 29, 2008) "“ Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee, will be in the spotlight at the Specialty Coffee Association of America's (SCAA) 20th Annual Conference & Exhibition, May 2-5 in Minneapolis, Minn. The SCAA and Ethiopia, with the support of Starbuc...

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03-07-08

BD Imports signs the Ethiopian Fine Coffee Trademarking and Licensing Agreement

ROCKFORD, IL - March 7, 2008- BD Imports, one of the most recognized importers of specialty coffees in the United States with customers whose needs range from a few hundred pounds to several hundred tons of coffee, joins the growing network of licensed distributors of Ethiop...

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02-21-08

UK Coffee Roaster Shows Support for Ethiopian Coffee Farmers

ADDIS ABABA/LONDON - February 20, 2008 - Since commencing a program of trademarking Ethiopia's fine coffee designations in 2004, support for the Ethiopian sector has continued to grow worldwide. Building on its unique coffee heritage and established reputation for producing ...

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02-15-08

Ethiopia to Sponsor 2008 SCAA Conference & Exhibition

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA (Feb. 14, 2008) "“ The Specialty Coffee Association of America today announced that Ethiopia will be the featured Portrait Country Sponsor for the 20th Annual SCAA Conference & Exhibition to be held in Minneapolis next May 2-5, 2008.

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