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Guest Post: Intellectual Property Makes It Happen

Guest Post: Intellectual Property Makes It Happen

By James Pooley, Deputy Director General at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
(Originally posted on IP Delivers)


We all know that intellectual property covers a lot more than just patents.  Consider copyright (Bollywood, Hollywood and Nollywood), trademark (Nike, Adidas, and Asics) and design (Apple, Samsung, and Phillips). But patents tell us a lot about how IP actually works to amplify the efforts of creators and inventors and provide direct benefits to the public. So let’s take a look at how patents make that happen.


The most compelling reason for patents is to create an extra incentive for the would-be inventor. Abraham Lincoln, the only U.S.

Innovation and Creativity in Emerging Economies

Innovation and Creativity in Emerging Economies

By Aaron Smethurst

On Monday, April 30th, the Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) hosted a panel discussion in Geneva highlighting the important role intellectual property (IP) plays in fostering innovation in emerging economies. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Betty King, served as the moderator of the event and U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization, Michael Punke, provided closing remarks. The panel was attended by nearly 50 attendees from 23 countries—including 8 ambassadors and other high-level officials. The speakers represented a broad spectrum of interests dependent on IP operating in Brazil, India, and Turkey.

Mr. Paul Needham, the President of Simpa Networks kicked off the panel by discussing the importance of IP for his India-based renewable energy company.

Europe & Multilateral Organizations

Europe & Multilateral Organizations

The GIPC seeks to facilitate enhanced U.S.-EU engagement, cooperation, and coordination to advance IP protection and enforcement, particularly in third-country markets. For example, the GIPC recently hosted the U.S.-EU IPR Working Group dialogue with the private sector to raise industry priorities to be addressed by this group. We will continue to monitor progress of commitments made in this forum and ensure industry engagement in that process. In addition, the GIPC engages with European policymakers and legislators to raise awareness of the value of IP and its role in generating economic growth and competitiveness.