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  1. 1. LESI Global Technology Impact Forum | Participating Organizations 1Participating OrganizationsThe LESI Global Technology Impact Forum (GTIF) is an annual event, hosted by the Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI), developedto coordinate and publicize the efforts of premier global non-profit and non-governmental organizations dedicated to the promotion of IP licensingand technology transfer for the betterment of mankind.Participating organizations are representative of three interest groups: IP Protection & Harmonization; Trade & Economic Development; andTechnology Transfer & Standards.IP Protection & Harmonization Organizations:All China Patent Agents Association (ACPAA)Founded on December 12, 1988 in Beijing, ACPAA is a national non-profit organization established in accordance with relevant laws and regulationsof China, and with its own Statute and Legal Person Registration Certificate. The members of ACPAA comprise of patent agencies (group members)and patent agents (individual members) all over the country. The objective of ACPAA is to encourage information exchanges within the professionand provide consultancy services; play a positive role in the creation, management, protection and utilization of IP. Members of ACPAA are activelyinvolved in various fields of IP with influence at home and abroad, it’s the most active and influential NGO in the field of IP in China.American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporatepractice, in government service, and in the academic community, with more than 17,000 members. The AIPLA represents a wide and diversespectrum of individuals, companies and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, and unfaircompetition law, as well as other fields of law affecting intellectual property. Members represent both owners and users of intellectual property.Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)The Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) is a non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing intellectual propertyprotection in the Asian region (including Australia and New Zealand). Established in December 1969, membership of APAA is open to individualspracticing the profession of patent attorney in the Asian region as well as organizations which comprise such individuals and are constituted in theAsian region.Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)Established in 1996 by the Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI), the aim of the Intellectual Property Rights Experts’ Group (IPEG) is to ensureadequate and effective IP protection. This is done through legislative, administrative and enforcement mechanisms, of intellectual property rights inthe Asia-Pacific region, all based on the principles of the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual PropertyRights (TRIPS Agreement) and other related agreements.The Association of European Trade Mark Owners (MARQUES)The MARQUES mission is to educate and promote the professional development of brand owners in the selection, management, protection andexploitation of their trade marks within a global economy: to create a forum for the free exchange of ideas and information and to provide aneffective platform for the representation of their interests. Drawing on the variety of skills and expertise existing within its world-wide membership,MARQUES seeks to ensure that its corporate finger rests on the pulse of affairs.European Patent Institute (EPI)The objects of EPI are to collaborate with the European Patent Organization on matters relating to the patent profession and, in particular, ondisciplinary matters and on the European qualifying examination; to aid in the dissemination of knowledge relevant to the work of EPI members; topromote compliance by EPI members with a code of professional conduct; and to liaise, as appropriate, with the European Patent Organization, andother bodies, on matters as they relate to intellectual property.1 This list of organizations is representative of those organizations which have planned participation in GTIF 2012, as well as those organizations with whom LESI is engaging in active discussions regarding their participation. 1
  2. 2. LESI Global Technology Impact Forum | Participating Organizations 1Federation Internationales des Conseils en Propriete Industrielle (FICPI)FICPI is a non-political, world-wide organization of intellectual property attorneys in private practice. FICPI’s work is wide ranging, touching everyarea of the fast changing intellectual property field.Institute of Intellectual Property (IIP)The objectives of The Institute of Intellectual Property (IIP) are to conduct study and research concerning various domestic and overseas issues, andto collect and supply information for the purpose of promoting appropriate protection and international harmonization of the intellectual property.From this, the IIP’s mission is to ultimately contribute to the development of the industry and economy of Japan.Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)IPO, established in 1972, is a trade association for owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. IPO is the only association in theU.S. that serves all intellectual property owners in all industries and all fields of technology. The association advocates effective and affordable IPownership rights and provides a wide array of services to members. It concentrates on: supporting member interests relating to legislative andinternational issues; analyzing current IP issues; providing information and educational services; and disseminating information to the general publicon the importance of intellectual property rights.International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)AIPPI is the world’s leading international organization dedicated to the development and improvement of intellectual property. It is a politicallyneutral, non-profit organization, domiciled in Switzerland which currently has almost 9,000 members representing more than 100 countries.International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI)The International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation located in Washington, D.C. As an internationaldevelopment organization and think tank, IIPI is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the use of intellectual property as a toolfor economic growth, particularly in developing countries. Since 1998 the Institute has been engaged in a wide range of activities both abroad andwithin the United States, including critical research, public education, policy and training workshops, technical assistance, institution building andconsultative services.Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG)PTMG is a not for profit organization and the primary objective of PTMG is to enable members to meet at regular intervals to consider problems ofmutual interest. It does this by running educational conferences for its members.South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL)The South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) was established in 1954 and represents over 140 patent attorneys, patent agents,trade mark practitioners and academics in South Africa who specialize in the field of Intellectual Property Law. SAIIPL is widely regarded as thecustodian of South Africa’s intellectual property rights, and comprises practicing attorneys, academics, practitioners in businesses and in general, andpeople interested in the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) – GTIF 2012 Strategic PartnerWIPO is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international IP system, whichrewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.Trade & Economic Development Organizations:Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)The Asia-Europe Foundation promotes greater mutual understanding between Asia and Europe through intellectual, cultural and people-to-peopleexchanges. Through ASEF, civil society concerns are included as a vital component of deliberations of the ASEM. ASEF was established in February1997 by the participating governments of ASEM and has since implemented over 500 projects, engaging over 15,000 direct participants as well asreaching out to a much wider audience in Asia and Europe. 2
  3. 3. LESI Global Technology Impact Forum | Participating Organizations 1Association of South East Asian Nations Working Group on Intellectual Property Cooperation (AWGIPC)The tasks of the Working Group, among others, are to formulate an ASEAN Framework Agreement on Intellectual Property Cooperation.Consequently, a draft Framework Agreement was formulated in January 1995, taking into account regional and international developmentsespecially the Implementation of the WTO Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs).Concern WorldwideConcern Worldwide works with the poorest people in the poorest countries of the world to enable them to transform their lives. Sustained bythe concern of our many supporters, Concern Worldwide seeks out those who most urgently need our support, and works with them to tacklepoverty, hunger and disaster.Childreach International USAChildreach International USA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit providing community-based development to children worldwide. We work in partnershipswith local communities in the developing world to help improve children’s access to healthcare, education and child rights. We use an active andinclusive fundraising model that encourages our donors to get involved with the projects they are funding.International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – GTIF 2012 Strategic PartnerICC (International Chamber of Commerce) is the voice of world business championing the global economy as a force for economic growth, jobcreation and prosperity. ICC activities cover a broad spectrum, from arbitration and dispute resolution to making the case for open trade andthe market economy system, business self-regulation, fighting corruption or combating commercial crime. ICC has direct access to nationalgovernments all over the world through its national committees. The organization’s Paris-based international secretariat feeds business viewsinto intergovernmental organizations on issues that directly affect business operations.United Nations Commission on International Trade Laws (UNCITRAL)UNCITRAL was established by the General Assembly of the UN in 1966. In establishing the Commission, the General Assembly recognized thatdisparities in national laws governing international trade created obstacles to the flow of trade, and it regarded the Commission as the vehicle bywhich the United Nations could play a more active role in reducing or removing these obstacles. The General Assembly gave the Commission thegeneral mandate to further the progressive harmonization and unification of the law of international trade. The Commission has since come to bethe core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law.World Economic Forum (WEF)The World Economic Forum is an independent, international organization incorporated as a Swiss not-for-profit foundation. WEF strives towardsa world-class corporate governance system where values are as important a basis as rules. With the motto “entrepreneurship in the global publicinterest”, WEF believes that economic progress without social development is not sustainable, while social development without economic progressis not feasible. It aims to be: the foremost organization which builds and energizes leading global communities; the creative force shaping global,regional and industry strategies; and the catalyst of choice for its communities when undertaking global initiatives to improve the state of the world.World Trade Organization (WTO) – GTIF 2012 Strategic PartnerThe World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only international organization dealing with the global rules of trade between nations. Its mainfunction is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible.Technology Transfer & Standards Organizations:Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)AUTM provides numerous resources for members including survey reports, professional development courses, a comprehensive training manual,peer-reviewed journal and a worldwide community of peers with expertise in all areas of intellectual property management. AUTM’s global networkof members come from more than 350 universities, research institutions, teaching hospitals and government agencies as well as hundreds ofcompanies involved with managing and licensing innovations derived from academic and nonprofit research. 3
  4. 4. LESI Global Technology Impact Forum | Participating Organizations 1Center for Applied Innovation (CAI) – GTIF 2012 Strategic PartnerThe Center for Applied Innovation is an Illinois non-profit corporation created to manage education, public policy outreach and relatedeconomic activity around applied technology and intellectual property (IP) rights in the State of Illinois and around the world. Appliedtechnology is defined as proven IP or technology that is in use or was developed for a specific purpose and protected by patents and/orpatent applications (as well as other forms of intellectual property such as trademarks and copyrights). The Center will examine the currentenvironment and identify opportunities for IP to be utilized both in the State of Illinois and across the world to stimulate economic growth.The Center will create a critical mass of available resources and focus on redeploying existing IP, but will also encourage continued technologydevelopment.Global Access to Technology for Development (GATD)GATD is a grant-funded, not-for-profit organization. GATD provides support for the creation of robust partnerships (including public-privatepartnerships), and for a product development process that is strategically coordinated across partners. GATD weaves in-country and on-the-groundinformation into the development process - critical information about technology adoption, distribution, deployment, regulatory issues, and more.GATD supports partnerships - from the choice of partners, to contracts among partners, to developing governance strategies for a partnership.GATD provides due diligence services and examines the proposed commercialization strategy to ensure that a technology is designed, developed,and deployed in a way that supports the greatest impact on the poor.International Licensing Industry Merchandiser’s Association (LIMA)The mission of LIMA is to foster the growth and expansion of licensing. LIMA represents the interests of its membership worldwide by providing aforum for networking, serving as a source of education and information, establishing standards of ethical and professional conduct, and recognizingexcellence and achievement in the industry.IP Institute of the UKThe Institute’s mission is to promote awareness and understanding of intellectual property law, and its contribution to economic and social welfare,through high quality, independent research. The IP Institute aims to provide knowledge and expertise for industry, policy makers, professionals andthe general public in order to foster a legal, social and regulatory climate that supports an innovation-based economy. The research of the Institute isincreasingly on the economic and financial aspects of intellectual property. Although the Institute is based in London, it is prepared to commissionresearch from any person or institution having the necessary expertise.Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) – GTIF 2012 Strategic PartnerThe Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) is an association of 31 national and regional societies, each composed of men andwomen who have an interest in the transfer of technology, or licensing of intellectual property rights - from technical know-how and patentedinventions to software, copyright and trademarks.Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture (PIPRA)PIPRA is a non–profit initiative striving to make it easy for developing countries to access new technologies. PIPRA serves a number of purposes,the most important of which is helping public sector technologies to have an impact on the poor worldwide. We do this by decreasing intellectualproperty barriers, improving commercialization strategies, and increasing technology transfer. We also help public institutions more broadly bysupporting them in getting their technological innovations to those who need it most. 4

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