On April 8 and 9, 2001, WIPO sponsored an international conference on technology transfer for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) organized by the International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI) at the George Washington University Law School, in the United States (US). The conference was addressed particularly to government representatives from countries of the Americas and staff of intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) based in the US.
The conference dealt with transfer of technology from research institutions to industry and enterprises, both from a theoretical and practical viewpoint, including government policies to promote IP protection and encourage technology licensing by universities and research and development institutions. The conference facilitated the exchange of information and experience among representatives of various sectors involved in technology transfer in the US and other countries.
Lectures presented by university professors and representatives from various US government institutions and associations, as well as the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the World Bank and by representatives of WIPO highlighted the issues involved in technology transfer.
The Program [PDF]