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Release of “Harnessing Public Research for Innovation in the 21st Century” – a book by WIPO and Cambridge University Press

Release of “Harnessing Public Research for Innovation in the 21st Century” – a book by WIPO and Cambridge University Press

Submitted by Efua Halm on Thu, 22/04/2021 - 07:43


On March 9, 2021, the World Intellectual Property Organization and Cambridge University Press released “Harnessing Public Research for Innovation in the 21st Century - An International Assessment of Knowledge Transfer Policies” written by academics, policymakers and knowledge transfer practitioners.
As this book goes to press, the world is struggling to cope with the implications of the COVID-19 crisis. In this context and in the search for effective vaccines, the role of effective public-private knowledge transfer for medical and other innovations is more crucial than ever.
Today, universities and public research institutes play a key role in enabling the application of scientific breakthroughs and innovations in the marketplace. This is a guide to maximizing the impact of work done at public research institutions and universities to boost innovation and growth.

The central question of the book in the WIPO-CUP Series on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Economic Development are: 

  • How can innovation actors and policymakers improve the efficiency of knowledge transfer practices to help maximize innovation-driven growth and find solutions to societal challenges?
  • What practices and policies work and which do not?
  • How do you better measure the related impacts – on the institutional and country level?

In response, the book proposes a framework to evaluate knowledge transfer practices, improve knowledge transfer metrics, generate findings on what does and does not work, and propose policy lessons. It does so on the basis of studies and insights from three developed and three emerging economies: Germany; Republic of Korea; United Kingdom; and Brazil; China; and South Africa.

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