Entries by gnadm

Panel discussion at the World Trade Organization: IP as a Driver for Innovation

The U.S. Mission Geneva cosponsored today’s discussion on IP as a driver for Innovation at the WTO (World Trade Organization). A panel of four expert speakers looked at how IP incentivizes creativity in the arts, business and technology, unshackling human potential to address the world’s many challenges. The event featured four speakers: Carsten Fink, Chief […]

Indian thought leaders’ policy dialogue on health, innovation and competitiveness

In the run up to the 2019 general election, the Indian government has prioritised healthcare delivery and promoting innovation and competitiveness in the country, including in the health and life sciences sector. To feed into this discussion, Geneva Network organised a half day roundtable in Mumbai to assess the state of play, and also to […]

Why Innovation Matters to Latin America

For middle-income countries looking to move up the economic value-chain and graduate to high-income status, innovation will be key. Knowledge-based industries from life sciences to film form the basis of economic growth in most OECD countries, their growth and investment encouraged by a strong framework of intellectual property rights. Latin American countries such as Colombia […]

Malaysian Roundtable on Innovation and Access to Medicines

In 2017 the Malaysian government issued a Government Use License for a Hepatitis C medicine. Following the recent change of government, Geneva Network in collaboration with local partner the Galen Centre organised a half day round table to assess the impact of this policy and to emphasise the important role of intellectual property rights in […]

Geneva Summit for pro-innovation thought leaders and think tanks

As WHO member states gathered in Geneva for the 2018 World Health Assembly, Geneva Network co-ordinated a summit for pro-innovation think tanks and thought leaders from around the world. Thanks are due to the World Intellectual Property Organisation which kindly offered meeting facilities and lunch in its headquarters building. WIPO Director General Francis Gurry started the day […]

Civil society statement on the EU’s intellectual property incentives review

Following growing concern about the sustainability of healthcare systems, in the summer of 2016 EU Health Ministers invited the European Commission (EC) to undertake a review of the Intellectual Property (IP) incentives that underpin biomedical innovation. This document is a joint statement by a coalition of like-minded  think tanks, civil society groups and academics who […]

South Africa’s journey to a knowledge economy: progress and challenges

For South Africa to join the ranks of high-income countries in the longer term it needs to start building a knowledge economy. That means ensuring its frameworks for the protection of intellectual property are of the highest standard, to attract international investment and know-how, and provide certainty to local innovators. South Africa’s journey to a […]

Pro-innovation civil society groups gather in New York to talk global health

The debate around innovation and health has been monopolised over the last decade by civil society groups that claim the current system of drug development, underpinned by markets and intellectual property rights, does not function and must be replaced by alternative systems that envisage a far greater role for government. In reality, there is no […]