- Reforms in the area of intellectual property are designed to create an environment that is more conducive to business and therefore improve the socioeconomic situation in project countries. This involves, in particular:
- boosting the investment climate, promoting access to new sectors and markets, fostering creative industries and promoting research and innovation
- developing technology and knowledge transfer
- preventing piracy and the trade of counterfeit goods (e.g. medicines, auto parts and batteries) and therefore better protecting human health and the environment
- The aim is to protect intellectual property in partner countries in an appropriate, effective, calculable and easily applicable manner. This involves weighing up the economic benefits and the interests of all those affected by intellectual property rights.
- Intellectual property should be better protected worldwide, in particular through the dissemination and implementation of international standards.
- These objectives should also contribute to implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
- Enhancing the individual responsibility and independence of project countries and partner institutions (Ownership)
- The projects are perennial and are geared towards the national development strategies of project countries and the needs of partner institutions (Alignment)
- In order to exploit synergies and avoid repetition, projects are transparently coordinated with other donors (Harmonisation)
- Projects are planned and implemented based on transparency and partnership
- Projects are implemented in a results-oriented and efficient manner (Management for Development Results)
- Project partners are accountable to one another (Mutual Accountability).
- The results achieved continue to have an impact after the projects have ended (Sustainability)
Harmonisation and partial revision of guidelines as of 1 July 2023
Conference on Intellectual Property & Sustainability at the University of Geneva
Symposium: "Best practices in the fight against counterfeiting & piracy – NFTs not your cup of tea? Well, they should: NFTs as a new way of fighting counterfeiting and piracy"