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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.


  • GA 2016: South Africa calls for "IP for Development"

    The Government of South Africa delivered a statement during the WIPO General Assemblies focused on "IP for development", pointing to the need to enhance access to and use of IP tools by innovators across the continent, to promote tech transfer and the shift to a knowledge-based economy. 

  • WIPO GA Statement about Enabling Role of Patents

    Innovation Insights delivered a statement at the WIPO General Assemblies regarding the enabling role of patents, particularly their contribution to collaborative innovation, which results in knowledge-sharing and enhances absorptive capacity. 

  • WIPO General Assemblies Opening Statement

    Innovation Insights delivered a statement at the opening session of the WIPO General Assemblies. Above all, we consider it critical that WIPO members and officials engage with entities and individuals with practical IP experience. In particular, we hope that innovators, across fields of technology and from countries at all levels of development, will have the opportunity in the coming year to share firsthand experiences with the WIPO community. 

  • Wireless Standards and Trade

    At the 2016 WTO Public Forum, several sessions focused on trade and standards. Most addressed product standards as a barrier to trade which undermine in particular the capacity of SMEs and developing-country traders to engage global markets. This note by Innovation Insights, circulated at the Forum, draws attention to the market-creating role of wireless standards. Far from a barrier to trade, in the wireless sector, interoperability standards create significant commercial opportunities and accelerate the global diffusion of innovative technologies. 

  • STI Strategy for Africa

    This report outlines the 10-year Science, Technology, and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024) adopted in 2014 by the African Union. It aims to enhance STI capacity across Africa by boosting technical skills and institutional capacity, promoting economic competitiveness and fostering entrepre­neurship and innovation, strengthening IP protection, and improving the research and innovation infrastructure. The implementation of STISA–2024 will take place at the national, regional, and continental levels, and progress will be monitored and measured regularly. In particular, the report stresses the importance of mobilizing public, private, and donor resources to ensure effective implementation of the strategy.

  • USPTO Dir. Lee Before House Judiciary

    In her testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, USPTO Director Michelle Lee presented an overview of the agency’s recent activities and, among other things, efforts related to enhancing patent examination quality. Dir. Lee referred to recommendations by the GAO relating to improving patent quality, stating that the USPTO has already taken a number of steps to address the issues, through the Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative. Additionally, the agency established a specific division to focus exclusively on patent quality. USPTO Director also reported on a number of other issues such as training of patent examiners, patent pendency, reducing the inventory of unexamined applications, and implementing the post-grant review proceedings.

  • Botswana Develops IP Policy for Universities

    Botswana has been selected by WIPO as the pilot country for the development of IP policies for universities and research institutions. According to WIPO sources, the purpose of this project is to assist universities and research institutions in finding effective ways to transform promising research into products and services. The policies would guide IP management in order to raise the chances of research being applied, thus generating economic, environmental, and social benefits to Botswana's citizens. According to Dr Keoagile Molapong, with the Botswana Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, the country is ready and willing to upgrade its technology transfer frameworks and to collaborate with industry to enhance innovation.

  • 2016 Global Innovation Index

    The 2016 edition of the Global Innovation Index reveals that the top ten country rankings remain largely unchanged, with Switzerland maintaining first place for the sixth year running. For the first time, a middle-income country - China - joins the ranks of the world’s 25 most innovative economies. Moreover, some low-income economies are continuing to close the innovation divide that separates them from middle-income economies, with some outperforming their income group (e.g. Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda). Focusing on the theme of “Winning with Global Innovation,” the 2016 edition calls on governments to support consistent investment in R&D and innovation for economic growth. At the national level, the report says that innovation policies should more explicitly favor international collaboration and the diffusion of knowledge across borders.

  • G20: Blueprint on Innovative Growth

    At the 2016 Hangzhou summit, G20 leaders have endorsed the Blueprint on Innovative Growth as a new agenda encompassing policies and measures in and across the areas of innovation, the new industrial revolution, and the digital economy. The document highlights that innovation and technological progress will be key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. To this end, the G20 Blueprint proposes an approach to technological advancement grounded in the “promotion of voluntary knowledge diffusion and technology transfer on mutually agreed terms and conditions.” In the document, G20 members recognize the key role of adequate and effective IP protection and enforcement to the development of new, innovative offerings.

  • US Inventor Letter on Global Innovation Policymaking

    In this letter addressed to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the US President Obama, US Inventor - an organization that aims to communicate the key challenges and needs of inventors - calls for all US and global innovation policymaking initiatives to reflect certain key principles. 

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