The Intellectual Property for Development Discussion Paper was prepared by the Group of Fifteen Working Group on Sectoral Cooperation.
Systems to govern intellectual property and promote social welfare through innovation and knowledge creation are not new. Despite their existence through the past decades and centuries, intellectual property was relatively absent from the public debate. Recent changes in international legal and trade structures altered this situation. The emerging of the “knowledge economy” where knowledge and innovation are key drivers of growth and prosperity, acted as a catalyst to bring discussions of intellectual property (IP) to the forefront of policy debates. Click here for the complete Concept Note on Intellectual Property