Where is Intellectual Property at Davos?

Jan 17, 2017 8:28:00 AM

Being a Swiss company, Yerra is keenly interested in what is going on at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week.

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For over four decades the World Economic Forum has held its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.  This year’s agenda is another impressive one that focuses on “Responsive and Responsible Leadership.” This calls for a recognition of areas of the global economy that are not experiencing growth and economic progress and for action to help remedy this lack of progress. Participants in Davos are expected to call for leadership and inclusiveness to help all people embrace change and evolve the state of the world, together.

Over 3000 attendees and 1200 CEOs will be at the World Economic Forum - aka Davos. Their backgrounds are diverse - from Captains of Industry to Philanthropists to Government officials…and even Matt Damon.  All are united for a common cause which is to collaborate and help change the world for the better. The topics that will be discussed are diverse - from the ecology, to energy, to health care, to employment. They all seem to revolve around technology, which of course is the driving force behind the amazing transformation of world cultures and economies.  As an IP expert, it seems quite interesting to me that in all the planned sessions and available information, there is little discussion about IP. This is despite the fact that the advances in technology that are credited with changing our world are generally all patented and protected.  These patent rights, and how they are applied and enforced, is an issue that should probably be front-and-center at Davos. After all, the way that patented technology is protected, licensed, shared, etc. is a major factor in how it can be used in the pursuit of more equal economic opportunity around the world.

Yerra is proud to work with many leading IP organizations and do our best to encourage collaboration within the IP community. As such, we have launched a blog series called "People in IP". You can read the first post here and register to receive updates here