is organizing a side event on "New trends in technology
transfer: Implications for a WIPO Development Agenda."
It will be held on Wednesday, 21 February 2007 from 13h15 to
14h45 in Room B, WIPO Building, Geneva.
John Barton, George E. Osborne Professor of Law, Emeritus at
Stanford University and former Chair of the independent UK Commission
on Intellectual Property Rights will present his views on recent
trends in technology transfer and identify links with the current
discussion on a WIPO Development Agenda.
discuss how today's technological flows are quite different
than three decades ago. The factors that affected technology
transfer in the 1970's have changed dramatically due to globalization
and technological upgrade. These new technological factors include
the following: a) the emergence of new technologically sophisticated
players in the developing world; b) free trade has spread including
capital and technological goods and services; c) economies of
scale now favor production facilities that serve more than one
nation; d) technology does not only travel with firms but also
with people (researchers, specialists, students and service
providers); and, e) publicly funded programmes are responsible
for the generation of basic science and product development.
backdrop, ICTSD is organizing a side event with an aim to:
how technology is transferred today to and from developing countries;
o Identifying new channels and barriers that affect such transfer;
o Highlighting policy approaches that might be of assistance
in increasing flows and overcoming barriers; and
o Facilitating exchange between different stakeholders on the
implications of new trends in technology transfer.