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.
As mandated by WIPO Development Agenda Recommendation 39, this project sought to better understand the relationship between international mobility of skilled workers and IP policies by undertaking two main activities. The first activity consisted of mapping the migration of skilled labor by using available patent information. The second convened an international workshop on the issue of IP and brain drain. Experts discussed 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.
This project was completed and presented to members for consideration at the twelfth session of the Commitee on Develoment and Intellectual Property (CDIP) held in Geneva from November 18 to 21, 2013.