Experts urge reform of international patent system at eve of WIPO assembly

ms of supporting innovation and creativity.

6. Countries must also have the flexibility to adapt intellectual property rights, and exceptions and limitations to those rights, to their stage of development and local circumstances.

7. Bilateral trade agreements with TRIPS plus provisions undermine multilateralism and the existing flexibilities. The further expansion and strengthening of protection entails additional burdens and social costs, in particular for developing countries.

8. IPRs are among a range of inducement mechanisms for innovation. Several studies have shown that IPRs are important inducements in some sectors but not in others.

9. IP policy should be coherent with and complementary to innovation, competition, and regulatory policies.

10. Patents' ultimate goal should be to stimulate investment in inventive activity rather than serving as an asset for rent seeking and litigation.

Participants agreed on the following proposals:

  • To develop an international network of researcher's from both developing and developed countries to act as a locus for debates on IPR, contributing to policy making at both the national and international levels with the explicit aim of enhancing global creativity, inventive activity, and innovation and to signal where necessary the possible negative impacts of IPR on global economic welfare.

  • To reflect on alternative IPR models addressing current imbalances in the global IPR regime, as well as the implications for global welfare, competition and access to knowledge of changes in IPR being negotiated at bilateral and multilateral levels

  • To broaden the scope of academic and policy research on IPR, so as to include fully the implications of IPR for creativity, inventive activity, innovation, and capacity development in developing countries. Such intellectual broadening will need to involve the integration of different acto

  • Contact: Wangu Mwangi
    United Nations University

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