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News Flash: Release of the 2019 Edition of the World Intellectual Property Report

The World Intellectual Property Report 2019 entitled “The Geography of Innovation: Local Hotspots, Global Networks” was launched last November 12, 2019, 3:00 PM (GMT+1) at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Through the analysis of millions of patent and scientific publications records, this Report shows findings related to the emergence of innovative hot spots and their globalisation. Specifically, it discusses how the geography of innovation has changed during the past decades based on two case studies of technology fields experiencing fast transformation – the autonomous vehicles and the agricultural biotechnology.

A panel discussion and open discussion followed after the Report’s launch.

The program went as follows:

3:00 PM – 3:10 PM: Opening Remarks by Mr. Francis Gurry, WIPO’s Director-General
3:10 PM – 3:40 PM: Presentation of the World Intellectual Property Report 2019 by Mr. Carsten Fink, WIPO’s Chief Economist
3:40 PM – 4:40 PM: Panel discussion: Where will future technology breakthrough? by Ms. Silke Reinhold, Professor AnnaLee Saxenian and Professor Jie Tang
4:40 PM – 5:00 PM: Open discussion
5:00 PM : Reception

The keynote speakers and panelists who shared their expertise were:

  • Francis Gurry – an Australian lawyer who has served as Director-General of the WIPO since October 1, 2008
  • Carsten Fink – WIPO’s Chief Economist who has held several academic appointments, and who has served the WorldBank for more than 10 years
  • Silke Reinhold – German patent attorney and European patent attorney, and Head of the Electronics and Mobility Patents and Design Rights at Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg, Germany
  • AnnaLee Saxenian – Dean of the School of Information and Professor of Economic Development at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and author of Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 (Harvard, 1994), The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy Harvard, 2006) and several other journals in economic geography, regional development and industrial change
  • Jie Tang – Professor of Economics at the Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen and board member of the Shenzhen Finance Institute, CUHK (SZ), Adjunct Professor of Nankai University and Professor of Peking University HSBC Business School

You may download a copy of the report here.

Mary Rose “Mary” Dizon, B.A., ABA Paralegal

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