Intellectual Property

ICC works to promote efficient intellectual property (IP) systems that support international trade, encourage investment in creation and innovation, and facilitate sustainable economic development. It believes that intellectual property protection encourages the development of knowledge-based industries, and creates a favourable climate for foreign direct investment and technology transfer. Task forces work to develop and promote positions reflecting business views on intellectual property.

The commission works to:

  • improve the efficiency of IP systems
  • communicate the role of the IP system as a positive force in the economy and society.
  • support initiatives to help IP systems address new challenges
  • raise awareness of intellectual property policy issues
  • promote the use of intellectual property as a business tool

It actively contributes on issues arising from the crossroads between intellectual property and other areas such as the digital environment and the Internet, the environment, health, development, and competition policy.

The commission works closely with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and other international intergovernmental organizations. ICC representatives also regularly attend international meetings of these and other organizations.

The commission's biennial publication The ICC Intellectual Property Roadmap: Current and Emerging Issues for Business and other initiatives help raise awareness about IP policy issues and of the contribution the intellectual property system makes to economic, social and cultural development.

For more ICC papers on intellectual property, please visit the Document Centre .

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