les Nouvelles - March 2006

The Importance Of Incremental Innovation For Development

Nigel Jones

Prepared for the Commission on Intellectual Property

Submission to the World Health Organisation’s Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health (CIPIH)


ICC firmly believes that maintaining intellectual property protection for innovation, including so-called “incremental innovation”, assists development, and in particular access to medicines in the developing world. That view was expressed, and its basis explained, by the ICC representatives who met the CIPIH in Brussels on 15 March 2005. This paper confirms that view and explains the reasons for it in more detail. It also addresses some of the specific questions raised by the CIPIH at that meeting.

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