It has been some time since I have posted, but I thought that this matter is of high interest and importance to the technology transfer community and its profound impact on global development and humanitarian concerns.
Today the Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI) and the Center for Applied Innovation (CAI) Announced the Invent for Humanity™ Technology Transfer Exchange Fair, a first-ever event bringing together a renowned collection of technology leaders, humanitarian organizations, and IP licensing & tech transfer professionals.
Invent for Humanity is a two day event (January 24-25, 2012) held concurrently with the LESI Global Technology Impact Forum (GTIF) in Geneva, Switzerland. Pairing the event with GTIF creates the opportunity for participants to interact and collaborate with the senior leadership of 20+ global organizations, including the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and the International Chamber of Commerce.
Currently, there is no transparent marketplace for humanitarian IP licensing and tech transfer. Technology producers do not have clear, reliable mechanisms to transfer production rights for their solutions to manufacturers in developing countries. They must navigate a long, complicated and costly path in order to accomplish humanitarian tech transfer and IP licensing.
“Invent for Humanity is an event, a marketplace, and a community,” explains James E. Malackowski, President Elect of LESI and Invent for Humanity creator. “It provides an important point of connection between technology producers and organizations with active technology needs, while ensuring that these solutions are visible to global policymakers who have the power to address the issues impeding tech transfer for humanitarian purposes. Basically, it ensures that more technologies can be deployed for the benefit of mankind.”
Invent for Humanity works to facilitate the transfer of life-changing Appropriate Technologies by creating an “Ecosystem for Impact“, which includes organizations like Kopernik, Powered by Action, the Certified Licensing Professionals, Inc. (CLP), LESI, and Global Access to Technology for Development.
The Ecosystem, together with participating needs organizations and technology providers, works to create the first transparent marketplace for humanitarian technology transfer and IP licensing through Product and Enterprise Campaigns.
Product Campaigns are simply transactions made possibly by donors. Once funding is complete for a Product Campaign, the appropriate technology is shipped directly to the needs organization, for effective deployment in developing economies.
Enterprise Campaigns require a more integrated approach than Product Campaigns. Once an Enterprise Campaign is fully funded, the local needs organization and technology provider work with the IFH Ecosystem in order to structure licensing agreements develop manufacturing and distribution infrastructure and otherwise facilitate the enterprise development.
If you are an IP or licensing professional interested using your skills to help facilitate technology transfer in the developing world, contact Bree Miller for information on how you can help.