Intellectual Property and Brain Drain
The international mobility of skilled workers and the associated international knowledge diffusion, domestic innovation and brain drain/brain gain phenomena are important development challenges. Their relationships with intellectual property (IP) policies and IP protection are, however, poorly understood.
This project seeks to better understand these relationships by undertaking two main activities. The first activity consists of mapping the migration of skilled labor by using available patent information. The second convenes an international workshop on the issue of IP and brain drain. Experts will discuss the possible relationships between skilled labor migration and the associated brain drain, on the one hand, and IP protection, international diffusion of knowledge, innovation and development, on the other.
The workshop would ultimately aim to develop a research agenda on IP, brain drain, and knowledge worker migration for consideration by WIPO member states.