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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.

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(Photo: WIPO)

Welcome address

Francis Gurry

WIPO Director General
Video: DG opens Conference video (YouTube)

Keynote speaker

Rob Davies

South Africa's Minister of Trade and Industry
Video: Keynote speech video (YouTube)

Side events

  • Exhibition: Examples of the use of the IP system in support of development.
  • Presentation: Technology Transfer in Cebu, Philippines by Evelyn B. Taboada, Dean of the School of Engineering of the University of San Carlos in the Philippines


Shamnad Basheer

Honorary Research Chair Professor of IP Law at Nirma University and Founder, SpicyIP

Ivan Bliznets

Rector, Russian State Academy for Intellectual Property

Carlos Maria Correa

Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies on Industrial Property and Economics at the University of Buenos Aires

Andrew Christie

Davies Collison Cave Chair of Intellectual Property at the University of Melbourne Law School

Mihály Ficsor

Chairman of the Central and Eastern European Copyright Alliance (CEECA)

Henning Grosse Ruse-Khan

Lecturer and Fellow at King’s College, University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law

Sherry Knowles

Principal, Knowles Intellectual Property Strategies

Barbara Martin Muñoz

Manager, Technical Office of European Affairs, at the National Organization of the Spanish Blind (ONCE)

Keith E. Maskus

Associate Dean for Social Sciences at the Department of Economics of the University of Colorado

Greg Perry

Executive Director at Medicines Patent Pool

Anzhela Plionkina

Deputy Director General, National Center of Intellectual Property of Belarus

Joakim Reiter

Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Carolina Rossini

Vice President, International Rights and Strategy at Public Knowledge

Maximiliano Santa Cruz

Director of Chile's National Institute of Industrial Property - INAPI

Yi Xiaozhun 

Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO)


Case studies preview

The following case studies will be presented as practical examples demonstrating the role of  IP in economic, social and cultural development.

(Photo: Association of Light Industry Employers' of Moldova)

From the heart - Moldovan brands

Octavian Apostol (AGEPI) will present the “From the heart- Moldovan Brands” platform.  The platform builds knowledge and partnerships with local producers to create local brand promotion strategies and adjust them to European standards.

(Image: Ms. Sarah Ruth Allen)

Jamaican jerk seasoning

Sarah-Ruth Allen (Attorney-at-Law) will present the program on Geographical Indications (GIs) for Jamaican jerk seasoning. She will show how IP played a major role and encouraged social development in Jamaica by using GIs.

(Photo: iStockphoto.com/nicolas_)

IP for research commercialization

Arshad Ali will recount how the National University of Science & Technology of Pakistan (NUST) systemized IP issues in its work related to supporting industry and how regulatory and administrative structures have been put in place.

(image: courtesy of Amouage)

Amouage luxury perfumes

Rabin Chatterjee (Amouage LLC) will recount how this luxury perfume house from Oman combines traditional ingredients with an original process, a strong brand image, and innovative designs to develop one of the world’s foremost lines of niche fragrances.

(image: iStock)

Designing a dynamic IP system

Getachew Alemu (IP Attorney) will relate the Ethiopian IP Office experience in developing IP policies and procedures and managing different IP tools in order to design a dynamic IP system for advancing development.

(image: courtesy of Label TV&Radio)

Rebranding Africa’s image

Mactar Silla, founder of Label TV&Radio will present an innovative panafrican project on media broadcasting aiming at boosting and refreshing Africa’s image through global broadcasting.