Commission on Intellectual Property

The ICC Commission on Intellectual Property is the voice of business worldwide on intellectual property issues at the cutting edge of international policy-making. The breadth of its membership, cutting across all business sectors and regions, enriches and informs discussions and allows the commission to present truly cross-industry international business views.

About the commission

The commission gathers over 300 business executives and private practitioners from 50 countries to formulate ICC's intellectual property (IP) policy. ICC believes that intellectual property protection encourages innovation and the development of knowledge-based industries, stimulates international trade, and creates a favourable climate for foreign direct investment and technology transfer.

The commission identifies key intellectual property issues facing the international business community and contributes the business voice to debates to resolve these. The commission initiated and continues to actively support and contribute to Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) a high-level ICC initiative uniting different sectors worldwide to fight against counterfeiting and piracy.

Through its awareness-raising and advocacy initiatives, ICC promotes the positive role of the IP system, gives guidance on how the system can be made more efficient and cost effective, and helps policymakers adapt the system to new challenges.

As an advocate for international business, ICC works closely with intergovernmental organizations involved in intellectual property policy-making, such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), as well as with other international organizations.

Its biennial publication The ICC Intellectual Property Roadmap: Current and Emerging Issues for Business and other initiatives help raise awareness of IP policy issues and of the contribution the intellectual property system makes to economic, social and cultural development.

View the ICC IP Commission Presentation


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