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On the Cusp of Canadian Competitiveness

On the Cusp of Canadian Competitiveness

Canada has been busy. This year, Budget 2017 announced the creation of an updated intellectual property (IP) strategy. The announcement signals the Canadian government’s recognition that a more effective IP framework is critical to stimulating Canada’s global competitiveness. As Canada formulates its IP strategy, it’s important to consider how these changes might affect the country. […]

The Intellectual Property Behind Global Innovation

The Intellectual Property Behind Global Innovation

IP drives medicines and machinery and music and movies. IP delivers the technology behind the phones we use, the cars we drive, even the clothes we wear.  In short, IP is everywhere. And this week, IP is in Geneva. GIPC is in Geneva, Switzerland for the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Annual World IP Day […]

Incomparable Innovative India

Incomparable Innovative India

This article was originally published in Business World on April 24, 2017. When it comes to innovative potential, few countries compare to India. The world’s largest democracy, India now also boasts the world’s fifth largest market economy, and the world’s second-largest population size of 1.3 billion. But India has not yet lived up to that potential: […]

The Patent Policy That Could Harm Canada’s Patients

The Patent Policy That Could Harm Canada’s Patients

All investors crave certainty: certainty in product performance, in labor costs, in market climate. For investors in innovative technologies, including medical technologies, there is a fundamental need for certainty. In short, if an investor company is going to risk billions of dollars and years of manpower to create an innovative medicine, its ownership over that […]

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu: A Rebel with a Cause

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu: A Rebel with a Cause

Note: This is the fourth in GIPC’s series of “Women In IP” features in recognition of March as Women’s History Month. Read the first feature here, the second here, and the third feature here. Ethiopia is all about craftsmanship. Ethiopian craftspeople will spin indigenous plants, – cotton, hemp, or koba – or sew leather, or, famously, re-purpose used car […]