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Editor-in-Chief,   Anatole Krattiger

Editorial Board

Concept Foundation


Fiocruz, Brazil

bioDevelopments-   Institute

Innovation and IP Management: A Contextual Overview
Topic Guide for Research Scientists

Why This Topic Is Important

This section provides the innovative researcher with an over-arching vision of how intellectual property management and the process of technology transfer can turn new ideas and discoveries into real-world solutions that can drive economic growth, alleviate poverty, overcome malnutrition, and prevent or cure disease.

Key Implications and Best Practices: Section 1

Given that IP management is heavily context specific, these Key Implications and Best Practices are intended as starting points to be adapted to specific needs and circumstances.

  • Intellectual property is a tool to foster innovation. Whether viewed as a legal concept, a social construct, a business asset, or an instrument to achieve humanitarian objectives, the value of intellectual property cannot be disputed.
  • IP rights are a compromise and an imperfect solution, representing the search for balance between making all knowledge available within the public domain and granting ownership of valuable discoveries to the inventors. Reaching an appropriate balance requires continuous, sound IP management.
  • The use of the existing IP system, coupled with sound patenting and licensing strategies, resolves the apparent paradox: the pursuit of the public interest through private rights.
  • The emerging global systems of innovation in health and agriculture open up new prospects for innovation everywhere. This notion, that public interest can be served through private rights, has profound implications for the management of innovation, technology transfer, market competition, and economic development in every country, regardless of its economic status.
  • Innovation is a complex process. It is stimulated by coordinated and structured policies and programs. The IP management system is an important factor, but it is only one of six factors that determine a country’s or institution’s ability to innovate.
  • Your work is part of a larger innovation process that spans R&D across the public and private sectors, using regulatory systems, enabling the ability to produce new products to high standards of quality, allowing for the national distribution of new products through the public and private sectors, accessing foreign technologies, and managing intellectual property in a way that fosters partnerships.
  • Research is the very foundation of innovation. Research leads to discovery; discovery fosters invention; inventions nourish innovation.
  • Your sustained interest in your invention is important if it is to reach the marketplace, especially if it is to benefit those who most need it.
  • It will be wise to consider the ethical implications of your research.
  • You should always obtain prior informed consent when you access other people’s materials or samples irrespective where they originate.

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