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Policy-makers are faced with the task of translating a wealth of information about innovation, trade, global supply chains, trends in technology, and other factors into laws and regulations. Below we provide business perspectives on what governments can do to support entrepreneurship, attract foreign technology partners, facilitate technology deployment and the diffusion of know-how, and reinforce domestic innovative capacity.


  • Innovative Geneva!

    International Geneva is home to some truly creative activities, many aimed at accelerating achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Recently UNOG hosted Pop Up Muse, where idealists came together to brainstorm about ways to raise awareness about and tackle the SDGs, then there was the SDG Trialogue featuring engagement by business, IGOs, and academia also around the SDGs. The Geneva Impact Hub regularly hosts startup competitions and works with the UN and other stakeholders to promote a culture of innovation and problem-solving. Coming March 24, 2017, Geneva Global Goals Innovation Day - G3iD - will unite people to enage in interdisciplinary innovation for the radical acceeration of the global goals. There will be hackathons, design thinking workshops, faat prototype clinics, elevator pitches, and other purpose-driven activities all aimed at advancing the SDGs. 

  • Universities and Innovation: 6 Perspectives

    This article from University Affairs explores the role of universities in the innovation ecosystem in Canada, presenting commentary by six experts within and outside of the academy. The experts note the important teaching function of universities, in relation to technical as well as business skills, and they identify success stories of universities working to solve problems with and for the private sector. They agree that, while it is important to have structures to bring promising research with commercial potential to market, universities should not be seen as the primary source of innovation in the economy. Currently the federal government in Canada is working to improve the innovation environment. 

  • South African IP Framework: Updates

    Many IP stakeholders have responded to the invitation by the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to comment on its IP Consultative Framework, reports IP Watch. However, DTI has neither provided a list of those entities that commented, nor published their submissions. IP Watch reports the information “will be consolidated and will inform the development of a draft policy which will be subjected to a further consultative process. The plan is to submit the IP policy to Cabinet in the first quarter of 2017”.

  • November 9: WTO Trade Secrets Side Event

    On 9 November 2016, the European Union, Japan, and the United States will host a discussion on the margins of the TRIPS Council meeting about trade secrets, featuring speakers from the UN and private sector. Speakers will address recent updates of trade secrets protection regimes in the sponsoring countries, in addition to describing how trade secrets are used and managed by innovators and companies of all sizes, around the world. The event will be held from 1-3pm at the World Trade Organization. 

  • Statement on WIPO and SDGs

    At the WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP/18) the membership discussed the relevance of WIPO's work to the sustainable development goals. Innovation Insights shared our perspective that WIPO's ongoing work advances achievement of the SDGs by supporting the policies, IP systems, and IP management practices that contribute to technology innovation and diffusion. Innovation and technology diffusion are recognized as critical factors that will support achievement of the SDGs.

  • Myanmar's Mobile Rollout

    A recent article by Brookings presents Myanmar’s rapid mobile phone service rollout which was initiated in 2013 with the government’s announcement of the national economic development framework. As a part of the reform, Myanmar liberalised its communications network and awarded operating licenses to Norway’s Telenor and Qatar-based Ooredoo. They are now providing 3G service across the country, with 4G service coming online in three cities. More recently, Japan’s KDDI and Sumitomo Corporation and Vietnam’s Viettel also joined the rollout. Although the project faces a number of constraints, such as poor infrastructure and low institutional capacity throughout the country, there are currently 45 million mobile phone subscriptions in Myanmar, with smartphones accounting for 60-80 percent. It is hoped that the expansion of mobile phone service will make positive contributions to good governance and economic progress in the years ahead.

  • Innovation Insights Statement at WIPO CDIP18

    Innovation Insights delivered the following opening statement at the WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property, expressing support for the pragmatic technology transfer proposals under consideration this week. We wish the WIPO membership a successful CDIP18 with no all-nighters.  

  • CDIP 18 Proposal: Using IP tools for Development

    South Africa tabled a proposal for a project on promoting the effective use of IP in developing countries which will be considered at the CDIP/18. Recognizing that the shortage in skills relating to IP management and transfer of technologies can stifle innovation, the delegation calls for adopting a project aimed at providing focused training opportunities, guides, and best practices documents (both academic and practical in nature) for a range of players along the innovation value. If adopted, it will be implemented in selected pilot countries, including South Africa, with the ultimate goal of demonstrating that IP is an effective tool for enhancing socio-economic development in all economies.

  • Tech Transfer in Europe

    In a recent Labiotech article, a number of technology transfer (TT) experts share their perspectives on how the transfer of knowledge from an academic institution to industry is working nowadays in Europe. TT leaders from Heidelberg GmbH (Germany), VIB (Belgium), Oxford University (England), and Startsquare (France) highlight that that technology transfer offices (TTOs) play a crucial role in making fundamental research from universities and institutions useful to the economy and society. To do so, they protect and license IP, while also facilitating collaborative research with industry and investors at other institutions. The interviewees observe that although the US remains the leader in technology transfer, Europe is catching up.

  • Framework for Technology Transfer Professionals

    Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA) developed the world’s first career capability framework that defines the skills, knowledge, behaviours, and values required by Technology Transfer Professionals (TTPs) to effectively take research to market, and outlines career paths for those working in the role at different levels. The document, entitled "Knowledge Transfer in Australia: Is there a route to professionalism?", is based on a literature review as well as a series of surveys and interviews of 103 TTPs, 31 stakeholders, and 64 Australasian organisations. KCA created the framework primarily to address the need to better define the technology transfer practice while outlining what is required to effectively commercialise publicly funded research - something that, they felt, had been largely done ad hoc.

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