WIPO Hosts Colloquium on Patents and Transfer of Technology

Geneva, November 2, 2007

On Tuesday, November 6, 2007, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will host, at its Geneva headquarters, the sixth in a series of colloquia on various aspects of the patent system to provide information on different patent-related topics and facilitate exchange of information among stakeholders. This colloquium will look at the role of patents in promoting the transfer of technology. Details of previous colloquia are available at https://www.wipo.int/patent/colloquia/en/.
One of the main functions of the patent system is to make technological information freely available to the public and thereby to facilitate the transfer of technology, promote innovation and encourage economic development.  In today’s highly integrated international economy, policy-makers are placing increasing emphasis on policy tools that facilitate technology licensing and transfer at the international level as a means of encouraging greater investment and boosting economic development. Thus, there is growing recognition of both the potential gains to be derived from using the intellectual property system to leverage research results and the advantages of encouraging closer collaboration between industry and the public research sector.
These and other related issues will be addressed by the three featured speakers – Mr. Cornelis Schüller, Group Head of Patents, Intellectual Property Department, Nestec SA, Vevey, Switzerland, Mrs. Betina Sand, Senior Advisor, Policy and Legal Division Danish Patent and Trademark Office, Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs, Taastrup, Denmark and Mr. Sisilu F. Musungu, Senior Samuelson Fellow, Information Society Project (ISP), Associate Research Scholar, Yale Law School, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America. The presentations will be followed by an interactive discussion.
The program is available at https://www.wipo.int/patent/colloquia/en/2007/11/. The event is open to the general public and will be held at the headquarters of WIPO in Geneva. Anyone interested in attending the meeting is requested to complete the on-line registration form at https://www.wipo.int/patent/colloquia/en/registration.html.

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