Frederic Harold Erbisch print  
After obtaining a Ph.D. in botany from the University of Michigan he joined the Biological Sciences Department of Michigan Technological University (MTU). He taught botanical courses and conducted research there for 20 years and later was appointed as MTU’s Director of Research. As Research Director he established the Office of Intellectual Properties. After serving as Office Director for ten years he went to Michigan State University (MSU) to establish the Office Intellectual Property. He retired as Office Director in 2000. Presently he is an adjunct professor in the Institute of International Agriculture and a Faculty Fellow in the College of Law at MSU.

He is Member Emeritus of the Association of University Technology Managers. He is also a member of the Licensing Executive Society. He received the Thomas Jefferson Award from the Technology Transfer Society. He has authored numerous articles and several books in intellectual property management as well as botany.

With more than 25 years of intellectual property management experience he is most interested in sharing this experience with others, especially those in developing countries. He has provided intellectual property management training at MSU and throughout the world over the past five years.
Intellectual Property Management As a Regulation Tool
Management of intellectual properties serves in many instances to regulate and control the acquisition and distribution of food stuffs and other agricultural products. TRIPs is providing guidance to most countries through the requirement of basic intellectual property law establishment. The fact that counties must and can establish a means for the protection and use of plant varieties, especially in the area of farmers’ rights, is also important in regulation issues. While countries are working to comply with TRIPs, are the individuals who work under these regulations being educated? How effective can compliance be if those needing to know and understand do not have basic knowledge of intellectual property management? Case histories and examples will be given to show the importance of management training in meeting regulation requirements.