[Ip-health] 16-18 February 2015 WIPO Expert Forum on International Technology Transfer to examine Alternatives to the Patent System

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Wed Feb 11 04:36:54 PST 2015


http://keionline.org/node/2174

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will host an Expert
Forum on International Technology Transfer on 16 February 2015 to 18
February 2015
<http://www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/mdocs/en/wipo_inn_ge_15/wipo_inn_ge_15_program.pdf>
at
its New Conference Hall. The event is open to the public, and the link for
online registration
<http://www.wipo.int/meetings/en/registration/form.jsp?meeting_id=35562> can
be found here:
http://www.wipo.int/meetings/en/registration/form.jsp?meeting_id=35562.

The mandate and design for this conference on international technology
transfer are based on CDIP/6/4 REV (26 November 2010), the WIPO Development
Agenda Project on Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer: Common
Challenges - Building Solutions (Recommendations 19, 25, 26 and 28)
<http://www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/mdocs/en/cdip_6/cdip_6_4_rev.pdf>. At this
conference, James Love, Executive Director, Knowledge Ecology International
will present his paper (commissioned by WIPO) on Alternatives to the Patent
System that are Used to Support R&D Efforts, Including Both Push and Pull
Mechanisms, With a Special Focus on Innovation-Inducement Prizes and Open
Source Development Models
<http://www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/mdocs/en/cdip_14/cdip_14_inf_12.pdf>
 (CDIP/14/INF/12).

The WIPO Development Project on IP and Technology Transfer has endeavored
to implement four recommendations of the WIPO Development Agenda,

Recommendation 19: To initiate discussions on how, within WIPO’s mandate,
to further facilitate access to knowledge and technology for developing
countries and LDCs to foster creativity and innovation and to strengthen
such existing activities within WIPO.

Recommendation 25: To explore IP-related policies and initiatives necessary
to promote the transfer and dissemination of technology, to the benefit of
developing countries and to take appropriate measures to enable developing
countries to fully understand and benefit from different provisions,
pertaining to flexibilities provided for in international agreements, as
appropriate.

Recommendation 26: To encourage Member States, especially developed
countries, to urge their research and scientific institutions to enhance
cooperation and exchange with research and development (R&D) institutions
in developing countries, especially LDCs.

Recommendation 28: To explore supportive IP-related policies and measures
Member States, especially developed countries, could adopt for promoting
transfer and dissemination of technology to developing countries.

In the words of the WIPO Secretariat,

The project will include a range of activities that will explore possible
initiatives and IP-related policies for promoting technology transfer, the
dissemination and facilitation of access to technology for development,
particularly for the benefit of developing countries, including LDCs. The
project will consist of five progressive phases with the objective of
adopting a list of suggestions, recommendations and possible measures for
promoting technology transfer.

The project includes the following activities: (i) the organization of five
Regional Technology Transfer Consultation Meetings, the composition
criteria and TOR of which will be decided by Member States; (ii) the
elaboration of a number of peer-reviewed analytic studies, including
economic studies and case studies on international technology transfer,
that will provide inputs for the High-Level Expert Forum; (iii) the
organization of a High Level International Expert Forum on “Technology
Transfer and IP: Common Challenges - Building Solutions” to analyze the
needs in the area of technology transfer and make proposals for the
abovementioned list of suggestions, recommendations and possible measures
for promoting technology transfer. The composition criteria and terms of
reference (TORs) of the High Level Forum would be decided upon by Member
States; (iv) the creation of a Web Forum on “Technology Transfer and IP:
Common Challenges - Building Solutions”; and (v) the incorporation of any
outcome resulting from the above activities into the WIPO programs, after
consideration by the CDIP and any possible recommendation by the Committee
to the General Assembly.

As part (ii) of the project, WIPO commissioned 6 peer-reviewed analytical
studies "covering the following issues: (i) economic studies on obstacles
to international technology transfer; (ii) IPR-related policies in
developed countries; (iii) cooperation between R&D institutions; (iv)
favorable incentives for business partnership; (v) technology transfer
issues from the perspective of developing countries; and (vi) alternatives
to R&D efforts to support innovation besides patents.

The titles, authors and completion dates of the studies (Source: CDIP/14/8
Rev. 2) <http://keionline.org/node/CDIP/14/8%20Rev.%202> are as follows:

(a) Study (a): Economics of IP and International Technology Transfer, by
Prof. A. Damodaran, Bangalore, India (final text, incorporating the
comments by the peer reviewer, Prof. Francesco Lissoni, Bocconi University,
Italy, was received on July 30, 2014);

(b) Study (b): Intellectual Property-Related Policies and Initiatives in
Developed Countries to Promote Technology Transfer, by Mr. Sisule Musungu,
Nairobi, Kenya (final text, incorporating the comments by the
peer-reviewer, Prof. Walter Park, American University, USA, was received on
September 5, 2014);

(c) Study (c): Case Studies on Cooperation and Exchange between R&D
Institutions in Developed and Developing Countries, by Prof. Bowman Heiden,
Gothenburg, Sweden (final text, incorporating the comments by the
peer-reviewer, Dr. Nikolaus Thumm, European Commission Joint Research
Centre, Spain, was received on September 11, 2014);

(d) Study (d): Policies Fostering the Participation of Businesses in
Technology Transfer, by Mr. Philip Mendes, Brisbane, Australia (final text,
incorporating the comments by the peer-reviewer, Dr. Nikolaus Thumm,
European Commission Joint Research Centre, Spain, was received on September
5, 2014);

(e) Study (e): International Technology Transfer: An Analysis from the
Perspective of Developing Countries, by Prof. Keith Maskus, Boulder,
Colorado, USA, and Prof. Kamal Saggi, Nashville, Tennessee, USA (final
text, incorporating the comments by the peerreviewer,
Prof. Walter Park, American University, USA, was received on July 31,
2014); and

(f) Study (f): Alternatives to the Patent System that are Used to Support
R&D Efforts, including both Push and Pull Mechanisms, with a Special Focus
on Innovation Inducement Prizes and Open Source Development Models, by Mr.
James Packard Love, Washington, DC, USA (final text, incorporating the
comments by the peer-reviewer, Prof. Dominique Foray, EPFL, Switzerland,
was received on September 9, 2014)

The two keynote speakers for the international technology transfer forum
are: 1) Sherry Knowles, Principal of Knowles Intellectual Property
Strategies LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (former Senior Vice President and Chief
Patent Counsel at GSK) and 2) Mr. McLean Sibanda, Chief Executive Officer
(CEO) of The Innovation Hub, Pretoria, South Africa.

The first session of the forum features presentations by six authors of the
analytic studies on international technology transfer. The second part of
the forum features a moderated panel discussion on "Measures for promoting
international technology transfer: challenges and solutions" including
sessions on capacity-building, global cooperation, institutional framework,
regulatory framework, innovation infrastructure and Funding/Evaluation
Mechanisms. The moderator for these panels is Ms Alison Brimelow, Chair of
the Programme Advisory Council of the UK Research Councils' Centre for
Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe),
University of Glasgow (former Comptroller and Chief Executive, UKIPO and
former President of the European Patent Office). The third closing session
will flesh out thoughts for consideration for WIPO's Committee on
Development of Intellectual Property (CDIP).

This expert forum features speakers from academia (including peer
reviewers), industry, government, WIPO and the non-governmental sector
including:* John Sandage*, Deputy Director General, Patents and Technology
Sector, WIPO, *Sherry Knowles*, Principal of Knowles Intellectual Property
Strategies LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (former Senior Vice President and Chief
Patent Counsel at GSK), *Mr. McLean Sibanda*, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
of The Innovation Hub, Pretoria, South Africa, *Dr. Kamal Saggi*, the
Frances and John Downing Family Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt
University, Tennessee, *Dr. A. Damodaran*, Professor, Indian Institute of
Management Bangalore (IIMB), India, *Dr. Walter Park*, Professor,
Department of Economics, American University, Washington, DC, USA, *Dr.
Francesco Lissoni*, Professor of Economics, Bocconi University, Milan,
Italy, *Mr. Sisule Musungu*, Partner, Sisule Munyi Kilonzo & Associates,
Nairobi, Kenya, *Dr. Bowman Heiden*, Deputy Director, Center for
Intellectual Property (CIP), Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg,
Sweden, *Mr. Nikolaus Thumm*, Senior Fellow, European Commission Joint
Research Centre, Seville, Spain (former Senior Economist of the European
Patent Office),* Mr. Philip Mendes* is Partner, Opteon, Inc., Brisbane,
Australia,*Mr. James Packard Love*, Director of Knowledge Ecology
International (KEI), Washington, DC, USA, *Dr. Dominique Foray*, Professor,
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, *Dr.
Jaroslav Burcík*, Director, Technology and Innovation Center, Czech
Technical University (CTU), Prague, Czech Republic, *Mr. Francisco Rafael
Cano Betancourt*, Director, Planning, Evaluation and Development, National
Council for Science and Technology, Guatemala City, Guatemala, *Dr.
Sifeddine Labed*, Director, Formation, Research, Innovation and Technology
Transfer, Ministry of Post and Information and Communication Technologies
(ICTs), Algiers, Algeria, *Ms. Allison Mages*, Senior Counsel, IP
Procurement and Policy, General Electric Company (GE), Shelton,
Connecticut, USA, and the Representative, Intellectual Property Owners
Association (IPO), Washington DC, USA, *Ms. Audrey Yap*, Founding Partner
and Head, IP Department, Yusarn Audrey, Singapore, Mr. Xia Wenhuan,
Director, Business Development, Transpacific IP Group Limited, Beijing,
China and *Mr. Mario Matus*, iDeputy Director General, Development Sector,
WIPO (former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Chile to the World
Trade Organization (WTO), to the World Intellectual Property Organization
(WIPO) and to United Nation Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
since October 2005. The rapporteur for this conference is *Dr. Ali Jazairy*,
Senior Counsellor, Patents and Technology Sector, WIPO.

For detailed biographies
<http://www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/mdocs/en/wipo_inn_ge_15/wipo_inn_ge_15_biographies.pdf>of
the moderator, speakers and peer-reviewers, please see:
http://www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/mdocs/en/wipo_inn_ge_15/wipo_inn_ge_15_biographies.pdf

The full program
<http://www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/mdocs/en/wipo_inn_ge_15/wipo_inn_ge_15_program.pdf>
can
be found here:
http://www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/mdocs/en/wipo_inn_ge_15/wipo_inn_ge_15_program.pdf



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