We work on a wide range of studies investigating how intellectual property (IP) interacts with economic development.
These studies aim to narrow the knowledge gap decision-makers face when adopting IP policies aimed at supporting broader development objectives.
Project to conduct studies on IP and socio-economic development (2010 - present)
The studies emerging from this project contribute to a better understanding of the effects of IP protection on social and economic performance in developing countries. They fall within three broad themes: domestic innovation, the international and national diffusion of knowledge, and institutional features of the IP system and their economic implications.
The project is divided into two phases:
Phase two (2013 – present)
Phase two of the project consists of seven regional and national studies. So far, three studies have been finalized:
Study on the Use of Industrial Design in South-East Asia
Comparing knowledge transfer policies and practices (2015-present)
This study was based on a research project at the international level. The aim was to compare knowledge transfer policies and practices in order to help evaluate and support effective knowledge transfer policies.
The countries involved are: China, Brazil South Africa, Germany, the UK and the Republic of Korea. In the future, the survey and evaluation framework may be deployed in other countries.
This study tackles the question of how innovation takes place in the informal sector of developing economies. In addition, it also investigates the case of three specific sectors in three African countries to provide country-level empirical evidence.
An international workshop was convened with field experts to help guide the development of the study.
This book looks at issues such as the role of the informal sector in economic development.
IP and brain drain (2013)
This study can help you to better understand the relationship between the international mobility of skilled workers and IP policies. It investigates why skilled workers migrate from one country to another and what role IP policies play in this movement.
The project behind the study consisted of an exercise to map the migration of skilled labor through available patent information, and an international workshop on the issue of IP and brain drain.