Nigel Cory

Nigel Cory
Trade Policy Analyst
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Phone: 
202-626-5720

Nigel Cory is a trade policy analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

He previously worked as a researcher at the Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Prior to that, he worked for eight years in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which included positions working on G20 global economic and trade issues and the Doha Development Round. Cory also had diplomatic postings to Malaysia, where he worked on bilateral and regional trade, economic, and security issues, and Afghanistan, where he was the deputy director of a joint U.S.-Australia provincial reconstruction team.

Cory holds a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in international business and commerce from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.

Recent Publications

January 31, 2018

As Nigel Cory writes for Brink magazine, the global rise of data localism is affecting the free flow of data at the heart of today’s digital economy. Unless the United States and others set new digital trade rules to keep data flows open, this trend toward data localism will yield a balkanized Internet.

January 22, 2018

Brazil, China, Indonesia, Russia, and Vietnam fielded some of the year’s worst innovation mercantilist policies. Their targets included Internet-based services, electric vehicles, biopharmaceuticals, computers and electronics.

November 16, 2017

Previously, there were few HPV tests well suited to developing countries, but a new product—Xpert HPV—changes this by offering an accurate, real-time, self-contained, and easy to use molecular testing mechanism that can be used at the point-of-care.

October 24, 2017

The lack of alternative diagnostic options has become a major roadblock to getting more people with HIV on the path to treatment. But an innovative new product may finally do this.

September 25, 2017

Displaying regulatory and other product information via electronic means—as an “e-label”—is a sensible alternative to the jumbled collection of physical labels we now have on ICT goods. Given how products are shrinking, physical labels can inhibit innovation.

August 7, 2017

NephroPlus’s story highlights the need for a broader focus on the barriers to healthcare, rather than accusing intellectual property of being the main culprit, as many in the debate around improving access to healthcare in developing countries have done, such as in the report by the United Nations High Level Panel on Access to Medicines.

May 9, 2017

The Trump administration’s trade strategy has largely taken aim at unfair trade practices in traditional industries. Yet, as Philip Stevens and Nigel Cory explain in The Hill, foreign actors are threatening another major component of the U.S. economy that we hear much less about: the theft of knowledge and IP in a wide variety of traditional and high-tech sectors.

May 1, 2017

A growing number of countries are making it more expensive and time consuming, if not illegal, to transfer data overseas. This reduces economic growth and undercuts social value.

April 26, 2017

Today is World Intellectual Property Day, an important moment to consider the critical relationship between intellectual property (IP) protection and innovation, writes Nigel Cory in Innovation Files.

April 24, 2017

GE and Philips’ experience in India is a clear example of how global companies—whose business models rely on intellectual property—can leverage technology transfer, intellectual property, and global research and production networks to develop innovative solutions to local health problems, writes Nigel Cory in Innovation Files.

March 16, 2017

China’s systematic mercantilism is a threat to the U.S. economy and the very soul of the global trading system. America cannot respond with either flaccid appeasement or economic nationalism; it must assemble an international coalition that pressures China to stop rigging markets and start competing on fair terms.

February 2, 2017

The Trump administration has rightly talked about the need to be tougher on trade enforcement, and the U.S.-Colombia trade agreement is one place to start, writes Nigel Cory in Intellectual Property Watch.

Recent Events and Presentations

August 18, 2017

Speaking in Ho Chi Ming City, Vietnam, at an Asia-Pacific Economic Community (APEC) workshop on electronic labeling best practices, Nigel Cory explained the benefits of electronic labeling and how it can help facilitate trade and innovation in information communication technology.

March 16, 2017

Please join ITIF as it releases a new report laying out a strategic trade and economic policy narrative for the Trump administration to pursue with China.

September 22, 2016

Join ITIF for a discussion on the spread of localization barriers to trade, how they fail to achieve their intended results for the nations using them, and how policymakers can respond to this growing threat to the global innovation economy.