December 05, 2007

Last week the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) hosted an international roundtable regarding to the economics of intellectual property (IP). According to the WIPO news release (link below), the International Roundtable on the Economics of Intellectual Property was held last week on November 27th and 28th and included 15 “leading economists” reviewing the “available economic literature in this field and identify empirical research projects that could be undertaken in developing countries and countries in transition.” Some of the topics discussed included the economics of IP pertaining to developing countries and those in transition, technology transfer, and general access to technology, discussed in-part in the following draft papers:

- Innovation and Appropriability Strategies
- IP and International Technology Transfer
- IP Rights in the Pharmaceutical Industry
- The Economics of Copyright
- The Economics of Geographical Indications
- IP Rights and Knowledge Transfer from Public Research Organizations and Universities to Industry

Although only draft papers were discussed during the meeting, final papers are expected to be made available to the public in early to mid 2008. Additional information regarding the content of the International Roundtable is available at the link below.

WIPO News Release: LINK

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