International Conference on Intellectual Property and Development
April 7 and 8, 2016 (Geneva, Switzerland)
The International Conference brought together a wide range of stakeholders – government representatives, civil society, intellectual property owners, industry associations, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations – to discuss the role of intellectual property (IP) in economic, social and cultural development. It served as a forum for the exchange of different perspectives at national, regional and international levels. There were numerous opportunities to engage with top experts from around the world and exchange experiences and best practices on how IP contributes to development.
The global IP system provides a framework to foster new products, cultivate new inventions and protect the originality of creative works. It is instrumental in creating new jobs, encouraging creators, fostering investments and enabling growth. By leveraging the IP system for social and economic growth, society benefits from a wider base of knowledge, increased investment in research and development, broader support of creative arts, improved services, greater access to open markets and better consumer protection.