International Conference on Intellectual Property and Development: How to Benefit from the IP System

20 de mayo de 2019

Welcome address

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry welcomed the participants, including hundreds of viewers registered to join in remotely via webcasting, and outlined how IP helps to promote development.

“The main impact on development, the direct impact, is through innovation and creative and cultural production. And these, of course, are the reasons for which we have intellectual property,” said Mr. Gurry.

Mr. Gurry highlighted several challenges for developing countries, including how to prioritize and strategize for innovation among other pressing policy requirements and how to handle the local ramifications of fast-changing technologies created in a global context.

Keynote speech

The keynote speaker, Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage Amina C. Mohamed, discussed her country’s experiences with IP.

“The need for intellectual property rights to protect the inventions and creative works of individuals and firms is not new and has been recognized for centuries,” she said. “This need has, as you well know, acquired unprecedented importance in our age, when knowledge capital, the product of the intellect, has increasingly become the basis of social and economic progress.”

She said that IP will play an important role in the common response to global challenges including climate change, global health and food security. Amidst a wide range of issues, Ms. Mohamed highlighted the need for increasing use of the IP system by some competitors in the global sports industry - echoing the theme of World IP Day 2019 Reach for Gold: IP and Sports.


She underlined the disparity in earnings between Kenyan marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge and Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo – despite their similar levels of athletic effort and achievement in their respective areas of competition.

“A number of factors may account for this contrasting situation, but the key one is the whole question of the role of IP rights in the promotion of the sports and creative sectors,” she said. “In Kenya, as in many developing countries, appreciation of the value of IP rights in creativity, in general, and sports in particular, is fast-evolving and there is now widespread realization at the level of government that mechanisms need to be put in place to spur the use of IP rights,” she said.

Other opening addresses

Also giving welcoming addresses were Ambassador, Hasan Kleib, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, and Chair of the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP), and Indonesia’s Chairman, National Creative Economy Agency Triawan Munaf.

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