Value chain
Value chain

The Centre for International Governance Innovation is pleased to collaborate with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for high-level public panel on the topic of intellectual property rights in global value chains.

In a highly globalized economy, businesses are increasingly looking to maximize efficiencies and reduce costs by dispersing production. This results in many countries playing a part in the production of a single good. The emergence of these global value chains (GVCs) has become a defining feature of manufacturing and global trade in the 21st Century.

The panel will start with the release of the WIPO annual report in Canada, titled “Intangible Capital in Global Value Chains”. This will be followed by a panel discussion on how small, medium and large enterprises can effectively manage their intangible assets in GVCs when various stages of production are spread across several countries, and what role intellectual property plays in generating a return on those assets. The panel will feature prominent experts in the field of trade and intellectual property. A reception will follow. 

Event Speakers

Thomas Cottier

CIGI visiting professor at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law, former managing director of the World Trade Institute, Professor Emeritus of European and International Economic Law at the University of Bern.

Valentina Delich

Academic Director at FLACSO-Argentina and Senior Advisor on Intellectual Property Rights’ negotiations at the Ministry of Production, Argentina.

Charles Sabel

CIGI Senior Fellow and the Maurice T. Moore Professor of Law and Social Science at Columbia Law School.

Carsten Fink

Chief Economist at the World Intellectual Property Organization.