FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2000
Contact: Brad Huther
Institute to Begin New Projects
The International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI) will begin work on four projects aimed at increasing public health, technology transfer, investment and wealth generation in developing countries through implementation and use of effective intellectual property systems. The following four projects will be carried out by the IIPI.
The Institute will conduct a comprehensive analysis and prepare a written report to be used by developing countries with the goal of facilitating access to pharmaceuticals for HIV/AIDS treatment. The report will initially focus on a pilot country in southern Africa, with plans to expand the results with country-specific recommendations in the region. The report will include model legislation, recommended training programs, a manual of best practices and strategies for avoiding the diversion of discounted drugs. It is scheduled for release in late fall 2000.
The IIPI will develop the program for and coordinate a three-day conference on the subject of technology transfer from the public sector to the private. The conference will use the U.S. as a model, while focusing specifically on commercialization of results of publicly funded research through the patent system. The conference is being planned for late winter 2001.
To facilitate the use of museum digital assets for social, cultural and economic development, the IIPI will prepare an introductory essay on the topic and will develop model licenses, including model agreements for a museum database, museum audiovisual development, and museum product distribution, for either traditional or electronic commerce.
As a pilot project, the Institute will develop an international discussion and issues forum addressing critical intellectual property issues facing businesses, governments, private citizens and assistance relief programs around the globe. The first forum will be held in Washington, D.C. in late 2000.
IIPI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving intellectual property systems around the world, thereby fostering global creativity and serving as a catalyst for world economic growth.