- 4th International Forum on Creativity and Inventions, San José, Costa Rica (November 7 to 9, 2007)
IP Strategies for Development
The goal of an IP strategy is the creation, ownership and management of IP assets to meet national needs and to increase economic growth.
National IP Strategies
National IP Strategy documents, formulated by governments with input from the private sector and universities/research institutions, state choices as to how to use IP to promote and strengthen scientific and technological research, development, and commercialization. Such strategies may also address cultural development and industries.
IP Strategies have short, medium and long term components. They are integrated with other relevant national strategies and institutional policies in science, education, finance, trade. etc. IP strategies are sometimes referred to as Innovation Strategies because they take into account innovation systems.
WIPO's IP and New Technologies Division collaborates with Member States upon request to help them develop National IP Strategies. The Member State defines its priorities and objectives, usually with the assistance of a national working group. WIPO provides support in the form of technical assistance, expertise, comparative data and the IP Audit Tool.
WIPO's 3-4 day Training Module in IP Strategy, has run successfully in several countries. It consists of lectures on critical elements of IP strategy, followed by an extended role-playing scenario that gives participants an opportunity to put their newly acquired learning into practice. The themes include:
- institutional policies and incentives for research institutions;
- funding IP and developing entrepreneurship;
- defining clusters and areas of competitive advantage;
- and the challenges for professional training.