Conference Focuses on Role of Universities in Generating IP

Washington, DC International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI) Executive Director Eric Garduño participated as a speaker at a conference discussing the role of intellectual property in public research organizations, held in Amman, Jordan. The conference, titled “Innovation Promotion and Technology Commercialization Workshop” was held at The Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT) on September 14-15, 2005. The conference was organized by PSUT, the Royal Scienctific Society (RSS) and the Higher Council for Science and Technology.

Over the course of the last few years, awareness of the important role intellectual property plays in industry has been growing throughout the Kingdom, with leaders in many sectors looking to incorporate intellectual property strategies in their businesses. Jordan’s public research organizations too, are looking closely at how they can apply intellectual property policies to research they conduct. For instance, with the assistance of Prabuddha Ganguli, an international intellectual property expert and member of IIPI’s Advisory Board, the RSS has recently established an intellectual property policy for its researchers. With the RSS example to use as a guide, many universities including the PSUT are looking to follow suit with their own intellecutal property policies. Eric’s presentation, titled “Enhancing Public-Private Interaction: Challenges and Solutions”, discussed the policies in place in other countries that have allowed universities to successfully transfer new inventions to private companies.