Innovation, creativity, growth and progress

Source of innovation

Published in 2005, the IP report provides arguments for the protection of IP from economic, social and legal standpoints and provides recommendations for positive action that individuals, governments and the international community can take to protect intellectual property rights (IPR) and ensure that innovation continues to drive human progress and enhance standards of living.


Intellectual Property: Source of Innovation, Creativity, Growth and Progress, is one in a series of BASCAP products that are developed to provide valuable information to stakeholders across sectors and across borders. It was produced with the considerable time and expertise of the BASCAP working group, which merits our deepest appreciation.

Source of innovation table of contents


Executive summary

  1. What is intellectual property?
  2. How do intellectual property rights encourage innovation and creativity?
  3. How does intellectual property protection lead to economic progress?
  4. Whom does intellectual property theft harm?
  5. How can the intellectual property system work for society?

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