According to multilateral rules, the protection of intellectual property rights (IPRs) should contribute to the promotion of public interest objectives such as technological innovation and the transfer and dissemination of technology, to the mutual advantage of producers and users of technological knowledge.
In areas such as public health and information and communication technologies (ICT), IPRs may provide important incentives for the promotion of innovation and creativity. On the other hand, IPRs may also cause serious obstacles for competition, follow-on innovation and learning. For the design of appropriate IPR regimes, it is therefore essential to define the public interest in the area of IPRs.
This joint UNCTAD-Stockholm Network-Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors (PIIPA) event will examine a number of controversial issues in this respect, through an exchange of views from the industry and the public interest perspectives.
Discussions will focus on the areas of public health and software-related IPRs. The debate is intended to inform stakeholders from Geneva-based Permanent Missions, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, industry and academia.