This is a community of practitioners interested in promoting Intellectual Property (IP) for global public goods. We seek to explore more effective ways of leveling the playing field in the area of IP to realize the full potential of IP as an equitable and valuable tool/mechanism for human and economic development in developing countries. We seek collegiality, collaborations, documentation of how IP does work as an anti-poverty tool, evidence as to how IP does work as a legal tool contributing to the strengthening of national legal infrastructures and legal systems, sharing of knowledge, capacity building, multi-directional learning, and creation of innovative IP solutions to long-term global challenges. We are open to exploring the full range of IP for global public goods, from hard IP to soft IP to non-IP still peripheral to the IP system. In the coming years, we expect to be actively engaged in the global efforts to achieve the SDGs.
Intellectual Property in support of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development
This session—after framing selected dimensions of global public interest intellectual property—discussed the creation of this new Community of Practice, IP and Gender, COHRED’s Fairness IndexTM (CFI) and its Fair Research Contracting (FRC) initiative in the health research setting, IP in support of the development agenda and sustainable development, and multisectoral approaches. The panel included representatives from NGOs, private law firms doing global pro bono, and multilateral organizations.
Seth Watkins and Houda Morad, Steptoe and Johnson LLP- “IP and Gender”
Lucinda Longcroft, WIPO-NY Office, Head- “IP in support of the development agenda and sustainable development”
Dr. Ok Pannenborg, COHRED- FAIR RESEARCH CONTRACTING (FRC) INITIATIVE: “Where there is no lawyer...”: Guidance on fair contracts and negotiation in collaborative health research.