IPmetrics’ founder and president, David Drews, attended the inaugural Global Technology Impact Forum (GTIF) held in Geneva, Switzerland this past January, 2012.
The forum is an event hosted by the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) that is dedicated to the promotion of intellectual property (IP) licensing and technology transfer.
The efforts of GTIF are designed to help spur economic growth and societal benefit in general. Discussion topics at the forum included:
- IP valuation and accounting standards
- The development of a global IP marketplace, and
- Methods for implementing the transfer of IP and technology to developing nations to foster economic development and sustainability.
To accomplish these goals, GTIF reached out to leading organizations dedicated to advancing the business of IP globally in order to foster communication and cooperation. The strategic partners of GTIF are the World Trade Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the International Chamber of Commerce and the Center for Applied Innovation.
The forum was held in conjunction with the Invent For Humanity conference, which provided the opportunity to help or finance 14 separate campaigns designed to introduce life-changing technology in developing nations.
The campaigns featured technology that can be implemented without specialized training, is repairable using locally available resources, can be extendable within the local region, and only require commonly used power sources, among other constraints.
As part of the discussion on IP valuation and accounting standards during the GTIF, Mr. Drews presented the results of a survey conducted by the LESI IP Valuation Committee regarding the IP valuation methodologies and techniques currently employed by LES national society members.
An article discussing the survey results will be available later this year via a special publication of les Nouvelles, the journal of LESI.