Regional UN workshop highlights IP policies to increase competitiveness and innovation

Tashkent (ESCAP news) – Intellectual property (IP) plays a central role in expanding the reach of technology, leading to the creation of innovative products, business process and services, highlighted Central Asian policymakers at the Regional Workshop on Innovation and Technology Transfer held in Tashkent, Kazakhstan over the past two days.

Organized by the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the workshop also investigated how IP management strategies can advance successful technology transfer, commercialization and promotion of cross-border technology transfer through regional cooperation.

“Innovative technologies may already exist in your research laboratories or in the brain of innovative entrepreneurs. However, unless such technologies are transferred, or successfully commercialized into Innovation, the benefit will not reach to the society and to the general publics. Intellectual Property facilitates the process of taking innovative technology to the market place” shared Ms. Michiko Enomoto, Head of APCTT at the opening of the workshop.

Delegates showcased innovative policies, good practices, case studies and lessons learned in managing intellectual property. The spread of valuable technological expertise, particularly among small and medium-size enterprises, can foster inclusion of groups like women and the poor within global value chains.

Science, technology and innovation have been recognized as one of the main drivers behind productivity increases and a key long-term lever for sustainable economic development. IP facilitates the process of taking innovative technology to the marketplace and increases competitiveness of the research institutes and firms. The scope of IP is diverse, covering patents, utility models, trademarks, trade secrets, industrial designs, copyrights, geographical indications and new varieties of plants.

The programme comprised presentations and discussions on a wide array of topics including socially and environmentally responsible technology transfer and IP – global and national perspectives; IP management and technology transfer - business models and best practices; and promoting industry linkages, technology transfer and regional cooperation.

Through this workshop, APCTT strengthened the linkage between ESCAP and central Asian countries in the fields of IP management, technology transfer and commercialization. The engagement of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in this regional workshop also contributed to the joint ESCAP-UNECE efforts under the framework of the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA).

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