Intellectual Property as a Driver of Growth and Competitiveness: Challenges and Progress

Stephen Ezell November 7, 2019
November 7, 2019

Speaking at the 2019 World Intellectual Property Forum in Taiwan, Stephen Ezell explained why IP rights are vital to innovation and then highlighted a series of critical challenges, including lack of respect for IP rights, a growing narrative that IP harms societal interests, and increasing skepticism about IP rights within international organizations. Ezell then outlined a countervailing series of examples of global progress on IP rights and concluded with a series of recommendations for policymakers, including:

  1. Pursue a whole of government “all points strategy” to engage globally on IP challenges.
  2. Expand non agreement cooperation with countries effectively linking IP to innovation/economic growth.
  3. Increase capacity building/technical assistance.