Innovation and intellectual property

What role does intellectual property play in innovation and technology diffusion? How is technology being developed and disseminated in different sectors and countries today? These are questions that the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) aims to explore and explain through its research project on the links between IP and innovation.

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Do the international standards and longstanding tenets of intellectual property law serve to foster innovation in today’s technologically advanced and interconnected world? What role does intellectual property play in innovation and technology diffusion today in countries around the world, and can companies small and large count on IP protection to protect their investments while serving their users? These are questions that the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) aims to explore and explain through its research project on the links between IP and innovation.

About the ICC Innovation and IP project

Through this extensive and independent research project, ICC hopes to contribute to a better and more concrete understanding of the IP/innovation interface. An improved understanding of how IP is actually used in innovative processes will help policy makers design IP and innovation-related frameworks that achieve their policy goals more effectively. Additionally, it will help innovators better understand what the project reveals to be the symbiotic nature of IP and innovation.

The papers draw from real-life examples, existing research and information from a variety of contributors along the innovation process. The project was commissioned by the ICC’s Commission on Intellectual Property to explore these concerns common to all business. Expert reviewers helped to ensure that a range of perspectives were incorporated in the papers.

ICC has commissioned an independent team of researchers to explore this relationship in five areas:

IP Management by innovative SMEs

The paper "Enhancing Intellectual Property Management and Appropriation by Innovative SMEs" was released end of October 2013. See

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Full paper: English , Portuguese , Spanish

Open innovation

The paper " The Open Innovation Model" was released in April 2014. See media release.

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Full paper: English

Trade secrets in the innovation process

The paper " Trade Secrets: Tools for Innovation and Collaboration" is now available.

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Full paper: English , Chinese

The Dynamics of Global Technology and Knowledge Flows

The paper "The Dynamics of Global Technology and Knowledge Flows" is now available.

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Full paper: English

The paper was presented at an ICC lunch discussion at the WTO on Understanding innovation and technology flows: Examples from the ICT, agricultural and green tech sectors on 10 June 2015.

To stay involved and up-to-date with future paper launches follow us @ICCWBO_ORG #ICCIP or contact Daphne Yong-d'Herve ( dye@iccwbo.org )

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