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ITTI: Building IP Capacity Advancing Global Innovation


By Stanley P. Kowalski …

By Stanley P. Kowalski
Director, International Technology Transfer Institute

Franklin Pierce Law Center
Concord, NH U.S.A.

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  • 1. ITTI: Building IP Capacity Advancing Global Innovation Stanley P. Kowalski Director ITTI Franklin Pierce Law Center Concord, NH U.S.A.
  • 2. Recently, Pierce Law launched the International Technology Transfer Institute (ITTI). ITTI provides knowledge, educational and networking resources to build sustainable capacity in IP management, technology transfer and information access.
  • 3. The International Technology Transfer Institute (ITTI) is dedicated to fostering innovation in developing countries.
  • 4. ITTI Faculty: Professors Cavicchi, Hersey, Orcutt and Dr. Kowalski
  • 5. ITTI Mission PI/SJ: Developing country access to appropriate and critical innovations in health and agriculture … vaccines for tropical and neglected diseases, insect resistant crops for sub-Saharan Africa, as well as identification of potentially valuable biodiversity (e.g., algal strains as bio-fuel resources for commercial production).
  • 6. The mission of ITTI is firmly rooted in the time-honored tradition of the Franklin Pierce Law Center, integrating scholarship, practice, education and outreach into a comprehensive program that seeks to promote social justice and advance the global public interest. Alleviating suffering caused by poverty, hunger and disease is the foundation of social justice.
  • 7. The first essential component for social justice is adequate food for all mankind.   Public-Private Partnerships are needed to share research and development costs for “pro-poor” biotechnology.   Professor Norman Borlaug 1970 Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Congressional Gold Medal Recipient
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    • ITTI implements its mission via:
    • scholarly research and publication,
    • in-country activities including meetings, workshops, lectures and conferences (several with WIPO),
    • patent landscape analyses of innovations in health and agriculture, and
    • a clinical program which engages student contribution to ITTI programs.
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    • Patent landscape reports have included:
    • insect resistant sweet potato for Sub- Saharan Africa,
    • HIV vaccines, and
    • novel biofuel resources and technologies.
    • Access to Information Drives Innovation
  • 10. Patent landscape reports are completed in 15 weeks, i.e. in one semester.
  • 11. ITTI Patent Landscape Clinic: HIV DNA Vaccine Patent Landscape: Aureka ThemeMap
  • 12. Patent landscape reports are conducted by Pierce Law student teams, comprising both J.D. and graduate students from diverse and international backgrounds.
  • 13. ITTI is completing a comprehensive study of the law, science and technology policy, higher education, finance and business infrastructures in India and China to assess the potential of developing public-private partnerships that will produce economic benefit from publicly-funded research in universities and research institutes.  
  • 14. Pierce Law also made significant contributions to the recently published IP Management in Health and Agricultural Innovation: A Handbook of Best Practices.
  • 15. The IP Handbook addresses IP management issues and approaches within the context of accelerating developing country access to critical innovations in health and agriculture.
  • 16. ITTI Activities in conjunction with external organizations
  • 17. ITTI Activities in conjunction with external organizations: Forging dynamic, strategic linkages to advance global innovation, foster international development
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  • 21. ITTI Activities in conjunction with WIPO
  • 22. Intellectual Property Management Strategies to Accelerate the Development and Access of Vaccines and Diagnostics: Case Studies on Pandemic Influenza, Malaria and SARS Meeting hosted by WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, April 2006
  • 23. Singapore-WIPO Regional Workshop on Patent Information – September 8 and 9, 2009
  • 25. ITTI Discussions with World Bank Science, Technology and Innovation Group
  • 26. World Bank, Washington D.C., March 25, 2010
  • 27. ITTI Country-based Project Development
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    • Colombia UMNG site visit and TTO concept note
    • Vietnam IBT VAST interest in TTO project
    • Botswana Survey of needs analysis for IP capacity
    • Zimbabwe Strategic Concept Note
    • Nigeria Expressed interest in IP capacity building
  • 29. ITTI UMNG Colombia Visit, November 20, 2008
  • 30. “ We are very much interested to work with you to push the technology transfer system in Nigeria in line with Government aspirations to develop this great country.” Engr Umar B. Bindir PhD Director General/CEO National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • 31. ITTI is currently working with several public and private partners to engage in technology transfer training and capacity building in Argentina. 
  • 32. ITTI is currently exploring other opportunities to engage in technology transfer training and capacity building in China. 
  • 33. Product Delivery is Essential: Examples of innovations (inventions) applicable to needs of developing countries (inclusive) but subject to potential IP rights (i.e. patents/patent applications).
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    • Golden Rice
    • Parasitic Roundworm Vaccine
    • Phytoremediation of Dioxin
    • Red Detect Landmine Detection System
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  • 39. Who are our clients? Foundations? Developing country governments/universities? Developing country technology transfer/IP managers?