12 - 13 November
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Intellectual property (IP) aims to encourage investment in innovation, by enabling innovators to make a return on their investments. IP also plays an important role in the creation, dissemination and use, for further technological development, of the knowledge and innovations contained for example in the inventions disclosed in patent documents. The dynamics of the knowledge economy, the globalization of markets and the increasing complexity of products have also changed the way market actors use IP rights and policy- makers understand IP rights and their role. Furthermore, emerging market economies are increasingly featuring as new players in this game and are adapting their IP policies in order to become pro-active users of the system.
In a global environment of new technological and political challenges, IP right systems and in particular the patent system are undergoing continuous changes as they seek to optimise the balance between private and social benefits and thus contribute both to economic growth and to the welfare of societies.
To enable economies to meet these challenges, policy-makers need analysis based on reliable data. Patent data are a unique source of information that can be used to address a wide range of policy issues in the fields of science and technology, R&D and innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise dynamics, development and economic growth. They support evidence-based decision-making and reveal important facts about how the patent systems themselves are performing.
As a result of worldwide collaboration between our different organisations, the Patent Statistics for Decision Makers conference is moving to the southern hemisphere for the first time, and expanding its focus to include emerging economies and the role of technology transfer. The goal of the 2013 conference is to present the latest empirical evidence based on patent and IP statistics and to discuss these findings with decision-makers from both the private and public sectors. The conference also aims to share cutting-edge knowledge on topics relevant to policy-makers, academics, companies and practitioners, including:
The conference will feature presentations by members of the Scientific Committee, including: