Containing contributions from ICC experts and members from around the globe, the popular Roadmap is a useful reference tool to help business, policy and legal professionals worldwide keep pace with the rapidly evolving intellectual property landscape. The biannual publication has been translated into Portuguese almost since its inception, demonstrating ICC’s support for and engagement with the Portuguese-speaking business community.
The release of the Portuguese version of the IP Roadmap is timely as industry and government in Brazil, the largest Portuguese-speaking economy, intensify efforts to promote the use of IP as a tool for supporting innovation and growth. IP has been identified by both government and industry in Brazil – ranked the 6thlargest economy in the world by the Centre for Economics and Business Research in its most recent World Economic League Table – as a key element for promoting innovation and growth.
“Brazil is conscious that innovation is necessary to compete in the global market, and that intellectual property protection is an essential foundation stone to promote innovation. The Portuguese version of the ICC IP Roadmap helps policymakers and businesses in Portuguese-speaking countries understand the global context of the development of intellectual property policy, and its possible impact,” said Peter D. Siemsen, the ICC Commission on Intellectual Property’s Regional Ambassador for Central and Latin America.
In the Roadmap’s preface, ICC Secretary General Jean-Guy Carrier and Chair of the ICC’s Commission on Intellectual Property David Koris highlight the increasing interest in IP to businesses and governments worldwide and to countries at different stages of economic development.
“The changing geo-economic landscape has led to a growing interest in how IP can be used as a tool to build sustainable economic growth, both in emerging economies looking to build up their economic base, as well as in more mature economies wanting to maintain their competitive edge in the global market.”
Published every two years, the IP Roadmap is translated into several other languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian.
The eleventh edition of the IP Roadmap highlights IP developments arising from technological, economic, political and social changes. These include the decision to open up the generic Top Level Domain name space, measures to control copyright and trademark infringement on the Internet, and efforts to address the high costs and lengthy proceedings necessary to obtain patents in multiple jurisdictions (such as more intensive cooperation between patent offices, further steps in the EU initiative to create a unitary patent and patent litigation system, and reform bringing the US patent system one step closer to other patent systems worldwide).
Other developments, with implications for the life sciences, include the conclusion of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing in relation to genetic resources, and the protection of biosimilar drugs in the EU and the US.
Download the Portuguese version of the 2012 edition of The ICC Intellectual Property Roadmap: Current and emerging issues for business and policymakers.
For more information or to download the 2012 edition in English and other languages visit the ICC IP Roadmap.