ICC Side Event at the 63rd Assemblies of the Members States of WIPO – Strengthening IP Ecosystems for Sustainable Growth & Development

18 Jul 2022

Online English
14:00 (CEST) ⎪17:00 (CEST)

Learn how strategic use of IP lead the way towards achieving sustainable development. Join business and intellectual property leaders from the ICC for and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to tackle key topics:

  • Roundtable 1: Innovating Towards a Sustainable Future
  • Roundtable 2: Positioning SMEs to Grow our Economies
  • Roundtable 3: Can IP narrow the finance gap for businesses?

In the framework of the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) 63rd Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States, ICC will hold a set of thought-provoking discussions dealing with key intellectual property issues affecting the global business community. The event consist of three roundtables, around one hour each, combining speakers from the business community, international organizations, and experts in IP and innovation.

A first roundtable will delve into the role of intellectual property in the achievement of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Speakers will focus in particular on the often-understated role of IP as facilitator of green innovations in the fight against climate change and in the creation of a sustainable future economy. The discussion will examine existing practices, as well as look forward to address current and future challenges.

The second roundtable will bring the importance of SME innovation to the forefront. The conversation will deal with the relevance of these enterprises to the global innovation ecosystem. Speakers will assess current difficulties faced by SMEs to protect their intangibles, and debate the impact of current public and private solutions.

A third roundtable will close the event targeting the important question of IP-backed finance. The conversation will build on the fact that IP-backed financing remains underutilized worldwide despite the urgent need for it. Speakers will touch upon the current state of this type of financing, and share insights on the configuration of a legal and economic environment more conducive for its development.
Attendance to this side event will be available exclusively in a virtual format.

Who should attend?

  • Experts in Intellectual Property and R&D
  • Business professionals and academics from around the world
  • SMEs and entrepreneurs
  • Policy-makers
14:00 – 14:10    

Opening remarks from Andrew Wilson, Global Policy Director at the International Chamber of Commerce

14:10 –14:20

Opening remarks from Marco Aleman, Assistant Director General for IP and Innovation Ecosystems at the World Intellectual Property Organization 

14:20 – 15:10 

Roundtable 1: Innovating Towards a Sustainable Future

Goal 9 of the Sustainable Development Goals recognized the crucial role that innovation will play in creating a sustainable future.

This roundtable will feature a discussion on the role of intellectual property (IP) to enable the innovation ecosystems needed to meet climate goals and create sustainable economies, covering existing efforts made to date and providing insight on the challenges faced by private companies and public entities. 

The final set of speakers will be confirmed soon. 

15:15 – 16:05

Roundtable 2: Positioning SMEs to Grow our Economies

SMEs are both powerful engines of innovation and particularly vulnerable to political, economic and regulatory instability. This roundtable will provide insights on the challenges that SMEs are facing to protect their innovation and creativity, as well as some of the solutions being provided by both public and private-sector organizations to help. 

The final set of speakers will be confirmed soon. 

16:10 – 17:00 

Roundtable 3: Can IP narrow the finance gap for businesses?

Adequate financing is key for companies of all sizes to operate, scale-up and innovate. Despite that fact, IP-backed financing remains underutilized, especially in a world where companies have increasing shares of their value invested into their IP assets. This roundtable will gather experts to discuss IP-backed finance and the regulatory and market mechanisms that could create a more enabling environment for this type of financing. 

The final set of speakers will be confirmed soon. 

Speakers are to be confirmed.

Each of the roundtables will combine speakers from both WIPO and ICC speakers.

More information will follow soon. 

Date and venue


Monday, 18 July 2022, from 14.00h to 17.00h CEST 


The side event will be held online (Zoom). 

Working language English
Registration Free of charge, however prior registration is required 

For further information, please contact:

Grajales, Danny 

Global Policy Manager, ICC Global Intellectual Property Commission 

+33 (0)1 49 53 30 55 


Toscano, Adela 

Global Policy Intern, ICC Global Intellectual Property Commission

+33 (0)1 49 53 33 62