Development Studies

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.

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IP and socio-economic development (2014-17)

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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.

Phase two

Phase two of the study consists of seven regional and national studies. As the project progresses, studies and other relevant information will be made available on this page.

Industrial Design Use in ASEAN

This project aims to provide a better understanding of the role industrial designs play in business strategies in three ASEAN countries. It will consist of a survey of design applicants to better understand why they seek this form of protection, how design rights contribute to investments in design innovation, and what challenges applicants face when using these rights.

Below you can find relevant materials, as well as contact details for the project partner in each country.

Project background documents

  • Project summary PDF, ASEAN Industrial Designs, Project Summary

Thailand

Phase one of the project lasted from 2010-13 and consisted of studies in six countries.

Project background documents

Reports by country

Chile

Egypt

  • Role of IP in the information technology sector - CDIP document | working paper PDF, The Egyptian Information Technology Sector and the Role of Intellectual Property: Economic Assessment and Recommendations

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.

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Study

Conceptual Framewwork: Leveraging Public Research for Innovation and Growth PDF, Conceptual Framewwork: Leveraging Public Research for Innovation and Growth

Related papers and meetings

  • Leveraging Public Research for Innovation and Growth: United Kingdom Country Study PDF, Leveraging Public Research for Innovation and Growth: United Kingdom Country Study
  • China’s Policies on Technology Transfer and Transformation of Scientific and Technological Achievements PDF, China’s Policies on Technology Transfer and Transformation of Scientific and Technological Achievements
  • Overview of project and main study elements: An international Comparison of Knowledge Transfer (KT) Policies and Practices PDF, Overview of project and main study elements: An international Comparison of Knowledge Transfer (KT) Policies and Practices
  • Estimating the Global Patenting in Public Research Organizations PDF, Estimating the Global Patenting in
						Public Research Organizations
  • Measuring the performance of Knowledge Transfer from Universities to Industry in China PDF, Measuring the performance of Knowledge
						Transfer from Universities to Industry in China
  • Leveraging Public Research for Innovation and Growth: China PDF, Leveraging Public Research for
						Innovation and Growth: China
  • International workshop (Beijing, China – July 19, 2016)

IP and the informal economy (2014)

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.

Studies

Related meetings and publications

The Informal Economy in Developing Nations

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.

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Study

  • Intellectual Property and Brain Drain - A Mapping Exercise (working paper) PDF, Measuring the international mobility of inventors: A new database  

CDIP document  | Inventor migration files ZIP, Measuring the International Mobility of Inventors, Inventor migration files

Related papers and meetings

  • Diaspora networks, knowledge flows and brain drain PDF, Diaspora Networks, Knowledge Flows and Brain Drain
  • U.S. high-skilled immigration, innovation and entrepreneurship: empirical approaches and evidence PDF, U.S. High-Skilled Immigration, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Empirical Approaches and Evidence

Related papers

  • Inventor data for research on migration and innovation: a survey and a pilot PDF, Inventor Data for Research on Migration and Innovation: A Survey and a Pilot
  • International workshop (Geneva, Switzerland – April 29 and 30, 2013)