About Us



The Seed Innovation and Protection Alliance (SIPA) is established to promote the understanding and value of seed innovations as well as to facilitate and promote the respect of intellectual property rights for the benefit of members, growers, industry associates, consumers and the agricultural community.

Our members include leading seed companies and service providers from throughout the United States and the world. SIPA welcomes membership from across the seed industry, including but not limited to seed companies, growers, producers, authorized dealers, brokers, suppliers, service providers, universities, as well as state and federal agencies.

SIPA strives to identify and develop educational materials as well as best practices related to the identification, promotion, and protection of seed innovation. SIPA serves as both a clearinghouse and repository of educational materials as well as provides educational workshops to further foster understanding and appreciation of seed innovations.

SIPA supports the use of education as an instrument to protect innovation as well as to facilitate and promote respect of intellectual property rights. Through the development and dissemination of educational materials including best practices, SIPA seeks to educate its members, growers, industry partners and the agricultural community about the rights and responsibilities of intellectual property owners concerning seeds and traits, including patents, plant variety protection, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.

SIPA works to realize its mission by promoting and encouraging a high standard of business ethics among its members and the seed industry through the development of a Code of Conduct. SIPA encourages its members, growers, industry partners as well as the agricultural community to honor all valid obligations and contracts between seed companies, suppliers, and customers involving the use and protection of intellectual property. Such obligations and contracts include licensing agreements, agreements governing confidentiality and trade secrets as well as those involving the production, marketing, distribution, or sale of seed.

SIPA maintains a collection of contact information for specialist service providers such as attorneys, technical experts, and other consultants. These specialists are experienced in, and understand the various aspects and specific issues related to the protection of seed innovation.

For more information contact executive director James Weatherly at jamesw@seedipalliance.com.