Innovation in science, technology and industry

OECD Workshop on The Management of Intellectual Property Rights from Public Research


OECD Workshop, 11 December 2000
Organised by the Working Group on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP)

Across OECD countries, governments and public research institutions are seeking ways to accelerate the transformation of investments in public research into innovations that foster new companies and industries, better jobs and provide solutions to social and environmental problems. The effective management and exploitation of the intellectual property resulting from publicly-financed research is in this context of crucial importance. This workshop seeks:

  • To compare policy initiatives and practices in OECD countries to better exploit the intellectual property (IP) generated from publicly funded research.
  • To assess the economic impact of different IP strategies.
  • To identify good IP management strategies at the national and institution level in order to minimise conflict of interest, facilitate the broad dissemination of publicly funded IP, and foster the commercialisation of research.

A short discussions paper that raises some of the main issues that the experts and participants should aim to address.


Welcome by the Chair

9:30 - 9:45

Jeanne Inch, Director, Marketplace Innovation, Innovation Policy Branch, Industry Canada

Introductory Session: What are the Main issues?

9:45 - 10:30

This session will focus on the key issues and tensions that national governments face in formulating a public research IP Strategy

  • Bénédicte Callan and Mario Cervantes, Science and Technology Policy Division, OECD, Background Report
  • Hugh Cameron, Senior Research Fellow and Director of Teaching, PREST, UK, Expert Remarks
Session 1: Member Country Policy Approaches

10:30 - 12:30

In this session, experts from OECD countries will present novel strategies and policies instituted over the past decade to encourage greater commercialisation of public sector IP. The current state-of-affairs in IP policy, main challenges/problems makers face, and recent reforms and outcomes will also be addressed.

Intervention from the floor and discussion

Session 2: Examples of Best Practices

14:00 - 16:00

This session will present the views of scientists, administrators, and industrialists on the role the central government can play to facilitate the exploitation of public sector IP and the mediation of problems that emerge in several domains, including: 1) the maximisation of economic spillovers (e.g. the importance or effectiveness of national clauses and other strategies to encourage domestic exploitation of innovations); 2) conflict management (e.g. the impact of a greater emphasis on IP on the public sector research agenda); and 3) institution building (e.g. the costs and benefits of standardized national IP ownership rules).

Intervention from the floor and discussion

Session 3: Economic Impacts

16:15 - 17:30

This session will focus on the economic impacts of a more active public sector IP strategy and address the strengths and weaknesses of current evaluation systems.

Intervention from the floor and discussion

Concluding Session: Rapporteur's Summary

17:30 - 18:00

The Rapporteur will present the main points and questions raised during the workshop, followed by general discussion.

  • Maurice Cassier, CERMES-CNRS (Centre de recherche médecine, sciences, santé et société), Paris, Summary


For further information, please contact: Benedicte Callan or Mario Cervantes