Access to knowledge has become critical to the debate on the
future of patenting and Intellectual Property (IP) and this
scenarios retreat seeks to map the diversity of the opinions
about the key factors and challenges likely to impact the future
of the IP regime.
This exploration exercise was intended to help stakeholders
explore and build a deeper understanding of the forces that
might shape global IP policy going forward.
Market Rules: a world where business is the dominant
Whose Game? a world where geopolitics is the dominant
Trees of Knowledge: a world where society is the dominant
Blue Skies: a world where technology is the dominant
The intended outcome of the exercise was a clearer understanding
of how the A2K movement might evolve into the future, who the
stakeholders might be and the dynamics and the issues between
them. This information will be synthesised and set out in a
confidential workshop report.
This retreat coincided with the third A2k3 Conference being
held in Geneva September 8 - 10 2008.