Global Forum on Law Justice and Development
Generating Innovative Legal Solutions to Development Challenges

Intellectual Property

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.

Partners: 
Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors (PIIPA), US*
World Bank, US*

What's New

First Annual Meeting, Law Week 2014

October 12, 2014

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.

Speakers
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.

Resources & Publications

October 2014

This paper was presented on October 21, 2014 to the Community of Practice on Intellectual Property during the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development at the World Bank, Washington, DC. This work was undertaken on a pro bono basis for Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors (PIIPA). The authors express their gratitude to PIIPA’s Program Director, Pacyinz Lyfoung.