Our increasingly knowledge-based economies require well-functioning IP systems to thrive. WIPO plays a key role in supporting countries to identify what it will take to succeed through their own innovation and creativity. To do this, it is essential for us to assemble thought leaders, innovators, creators, and policy makers to share their insights and engage in dialogue about what is needed to achieve these goals, as was done at the symposium on trade secrets organized under my direction in 2019. We will continue to reach important benchmarks and gain insight from analytics through IP indicators and economic studies. The focus on expertise and evidence-based research can be scaled, and it should become the prevailing practice at our organization.
Serving as the epicenter for dialogue and research on intellectual property is vital to WIPO’s function as a norm-setting organization and manager of the global IP architecture. Maintaining and updating the 26 treaties, which include the international registries, requires the collaboration of Member States. To keep up with the speed of technology development and its impact on our cultures and societies, WIPO’s political bodies must work efficiently and decisively. To achieve this goal, we must ensure that normative discussions do not last for decades; otherwise, the achieved outcomes will already be irrelevant. We must also recognize that building trust will be indispensable to get the consensus needed to move forward. As the Secretary of the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP), I have improved trust among delegations and with the Secretariat, positively influencing the work of this norm-setting committee.