International Conference on Intellectual Property and Development - How to benefit from the IP system

International Conference on Intellectual Property and Development

How to Benefit from the IP System

This Conference brought together panelists from across the globe, to share their insights in different domains of intellectual property (IP). It provided a platform to discuss national, regional and international knowledge and experience on recent IP and development issues, as well as to strategize on how best to benefit from the IP system.

The event was organized in the framework of the WIPO Development Agenda and in the context of WIPO’s Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP).  The Conference was open to WIPO member states, International intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and civil society (members of the academia, students, international practitioners of IP and development, etc.).

Video on demand | Photos on Flickr | Highlights

May 20, 2019

Location: Geneva, Switzerland



Welcome address

Francis Gurry
WIPO Director General

Introductory remarks

Photo: Hasan Kleib

Hasan Kleib
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, and Chair of the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP)

Keynote address


Amina C. Mohamed
Ambassador, (Dr.), EGH, CAV, Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage, Republic of Kenya

Address by High Level Dignitary


Triawan Munaf
Chairman, National Creative Economy Agency of the Republic of Indonesia

Session 1 – How the IP system benefits innovation

This panel explored how the IP system encourages innovation and how it can bring economic benefits. The first part of the discussion focused on the economic concepts of innovation and how IP rights impact these concepts. The second part focused on the legal use of IP rights to support innovation.

Moderator and Speakers

Moderator: Yoshiyuki Takagi
Assistant Director General, Global Infrastructure Sector, WIPO
Dominique Foray
Professor, Chair, Economics and Management of Innovation, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne
Marzenna Anna Weresa
Professor of Economics, Director, World Economy Research Institute, Dean, Collegium of World Economy, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland
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Fernanda De Negri
Director, Division of Production and Innovation Studies, Institute for Applied Economic Research, Brasilia, Brazil

Session 2 – How the IP system benefits creativity

This panel discussed how the IP system encourages creativity and consider the challenges faced by the creative industries. The discussion focused on policy frameworks and other elements of the IP system which play an effective role in encouraging creativity.

Moderator and Speakers

Moderator: Sylvie Forbin
Deputy Director General, Copyright and Creative Industries Sector, WIPO
Vanus James

Former Professor, University of Technology, Kingston, Jamaica

Ruth Towse

Professor, Bournemouth University, Co-Director, Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management, United Kingdom

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Aziz Dieng
Principal technical adviser, Ministry of Culture, Creative Industries and IP of the Republic of Senegal, Dakar, Senegal

Session 3 – How the IP system benefits global issues

This panel dealt with emerging trends in the IP field and their impact on issues such as global health, climate change and food security, as well as their impact on social, economic and cultural development. The discussion also focused on innovative-driven solutions to the challenges faced in these domains.

Moderator and Speakers

Moderator: Minelik Alemu Getahun
Assistant Director General, Global Issues Sector, WIPO
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Caroline Ncube
Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Peter K. Yu

Professor of Law, Professor of Communication, Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property, Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, United States of America

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Xavier Seuba
Associate Professor of Law of the University of Strasbourg, and Academic Coordinator and Scientific Responsible of the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI), Strasbourg, France
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Suerie Moon
Director of Research, Global Health Centre and Visiting Lecturer, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Session 4 – Open discussion on the challenges and opportunities of the IP system in the current world

This final panel brought together all speakers and participants, to discuss the challenges and opportunities currently facing the IP system. The discussion was triggered and lead by speakers representing IGOs, NGOs as well as industries.

Moderator and Speakers

Moderator: Binying Wang
Deputy Director General, Brands and Design Sector, WIPO
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Vladimir Lopatin
Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board, Republican Scientific Research Institute of IP (RSRIIP), Moscow, Russian Federation
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Yushi Torigoe
Deputy to the Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Geneva
Fernando Cano Treviño
Representative for Europe, Tequila Regulatory Council, Geneva


Mario Matus
WIPO Deputy Director General, Development Sector