Launch of the World Intellectual Property Report 2017

Intangible Capital in Global Value Chains

The latest edition of the World Intellectual Property Report (WIPR) will be released on November 20, 2017 at WIPO's headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The theme of this year's WIPR is Intangible Capital in Global Value Chains.


Opening remarks by WIPO Director General Francis Gurry

Presentation of the Report WIPO Chief Economist Carsten Fink

Panel discussion on The Future of Global Value Chains

  • Chad Bown, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Soumaya Keynes, Economics and Trade Correspondent, The Economist
  • Philippe Lucet, Vice-President and General Counsel R&D and IP, Nestlé

Open discussion

November 20, 2017

Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m. (CET)

Location: New Conference Hall, WIPO HQ, Geneva

The event is open to all and will be held in English.

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Theme: Intangible Capital in Global Value Chains

This year we are looking at key questions such as:

  • What is intangible capital worth and what role does it play in global value chains?
  • What types of intangibles are most valuable at different production stages and for different consumer products?
  • How do companies manage their intangible assets in global value chains and what role does intellectual property (IP) play in generating a return on those assets?

The Report will feature original estimates of returns attributable to intangible capital in the production of manufactured goods around the globe, as well as explore the role of intangible capital in the supply chains of three specific products: coffee, photo-voltaics and smartphones.

About the World Intellectual Property Report

The World Intellectual Property Report is published every two years, with each edition focusing on specific trends in an area of IP.

Previous reports have explored the impact of breakthrough innovations, the role that brands play in a global marketplace and the changing face of innovation.