= standard biological parts made available to the public free of charge
"Using BioBric standard biological parts, a synthetic biologist or biological engineer can already, to some extent, program living organisms in the same way a computer scientist can program a computer. The DNA sequence information and other characteristics of BioBrick standard biological parts are made available to the public free of charge currently via MIT's Registry of Standard Biological Parts.
The BioBricks Foundation (BBF) is a not-for-profit organization founded by engineers and scientists from MIT, Harvard, and UCSF with significant experience in both non-profit and commercial biotechnology research. BBF encourages the development and responsible use of technologies based on BioBrick™ standard DNA parts that encode basic biological functions." (http://www.biobricks.org/)
Proposed BioBrick Public Agreement
The BPA "is based upon the contribution of promises not to assert any property rights against users of so-contributed standard biological parts. Comments and feedback on this working draft are requested. This draft, BPA v1a, replaces and earlier draft, BPA v1."
Excerpt on "property rights":
" (a) If any portions of the Materials (including but not limited to a nucleic acid sequence within the Materials), any composition containing the Materials, and/or any use of the Materials are protected by any patent, patent application, copyright, data right, or other proprietary right belonging to Contributor, Contributor irrevocably agrees in connection with the Materials: not to assert or threaten to assert such patents or property rights; not to initiate International Trade Commission proceedings; not to threaten assertion of any rights that may be granted through issuance of a patent application; not to invite to license; and not to enforce such proprietary rights in the Materials as provided in any manner against or otherwise adverse to the Foundation or Users (including a User’s manufacturers, distributors, customers, or anyone else acting under User’s authority or control), materials repositories, and/or materials libraries." (http://dspace.mit.edu/bitstream/handle/1721.1/50999/BPA_draft_v1a.pdf)