Global Agenda Council on the Intellectual Property System 2012-2014
Science, technology, knowledge and creativity are critical to human progress. For the past 200 years, the global Intellectual Property (IP) system has worked to incentivize creativity, ensure quality and reward invention. The global IP system is a long-term investment engine requiring long-term thinking to deliver long-term value. Despite its complexity, it is fundamental to human progress.
What the Council is doing about it
The Global Agenda Council on the Intellectual Property System has identified three key areas for progress: Vision 2030; IP and the Creative Economy; and IP for Humanity. To ensure that society continues to harness the benefits of the world’s knowledge for generations to come, the Council developed Vision 2030. As part of this initiative, the Council has designed two ongoing projects, a research project on IP Fundamentals, to improve the rigour of research that is critical to policy-making in the IP arena, and a project launched on World IP Day, highlighting the Top 10 Innovative National Policy Measures to Promote Intellectual Property Creation and Its Commercialization.
To stimulate broader support for the global IP system, the Council has published in mainstream and non-traditional media (Forbes, Managing IP magazine, the Forum:Blog, etc.). It has presented a video during global IP events, and as teaching material at UCLA. It organized a workshop in Rio de Janeiro to see how this vision could be applied at the national level; a similar event is planned in China in 2014. To improve the IP system for creative content in a changing world, the Council has defined a series of six megatrends that are shaping the creative economy and seven digital copyright principles that it has disseminated through mainstream media.
The Council is now working to produce a paper on managing rights in the global creative economy, including smoother licensing systems and better registries for locating rights holders.
The Council has worked on a number of projects to improve access to the benefits of IP for the “bottom of the pyramid”, including a survey of mechanisms that incentivize IP rights holders to address humanitarian problems. The Council is also working on a pro bono IP project with Novartis, to be launched in South Africa. Together, these projects aim to raise the profile of the potential for the IP system to play a critical role in social and economic development around the world.
“The global IP system is a long-term investment engine requiring long-term thinking to deliver long-term value.”
Over the coming year, the Council will develop an initiative focusing on unleashing innovation in the informal economy. This will start as a research effort and develop into a publication. It will also continue to work closely with the Forum to integrate insights generated by the Councils in different events, including the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2013 and the Annual Meeting 2014 in Davos Klosters.
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Council Manager: Tiffany Misrahi, Knowledge Manager, Global Agenda Councils, firstname.lastname@example.org
Forum Lead: Martina Gmür, Senior Director, Head of the Global Agenda Councils, email@example.com
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