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Bangkok - 19 Nov 2020

News Number: G/50/2020

Intellectual Property

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Innovation and emerging technologies provide effective solutions to the socio-economic challenges we face - from climate and health, to mobility and connectivity. As productive activities moved virtual, this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, livelihoods were safeguarded across a wide range of sectors in the Asia-Pacific region through the use of digital technologies and innovative solutions to health challenges.

High-level participants at today’s International Workshop on Intellectual Property Management and Technology Transfer, co-hosted by the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) and the Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI), discussed strategies to strengthen regional cooperation among science technology and innovation (STI) policymakers, research and development (R&D) institutions and technology-based enterprises in Asia-Pacific countries.

Delegates gathered at the workshop, held via a virtual platform, underscored that a robust framework for intellectual property rights (IPRs) and its management is essential for fostering R&D, technology generation and the transfer of technologies. It encourages innovation by providing a means of incentive to R&D institutions, academia and technology-based enterprises to continue their engagement in innovative activities.

“Science, technology and innovation [STI] is considered as the key means to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. One of the key components of a conducive STI landscape is a robust framework for IP and its protection, management and commercialization. Such a framework plays a catalytic role in creating innovations and commercializing technologies that are needed for inclusive and sustainable development.” said Ms. Michiko Enomoto, Head of APCTT.

The international workshop provided a platform for countries to share national and regional best practice, as well as practical experiences from the region to improve understanding of the management of IP and the transfer of technologies. Delegates deliberated on policy aspects, challenges and opportunities that are critical in IP management and technology licensing for commercial exploitation.

Workshop recommendations on strategies to facilitate IP management policies and techniques, such as IP security, valuation, control and compliance will serve as a guide for member States in developing and understanding the tools, best practices and business models of IP management for the efficient transfer of technology, as well as collaborative research to enhance technology transfer through Science and Technology Parks. 

APCTT is the principle organization in the Asia-Pacific region for facilitating the cross-border transfer and commercialization of technologies.

Established in 1977 under the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APCTT serves as one of the premiere institutions to promote sustainable, equitable and inclusive science, technology and innovation development in the region.

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