Speaking at the 2019 World Intellectual Property Forum in Taiwan, Stephen Ezell explained why IP rights are vital to innovation and then highlighted a series of critical challenges, including lack of respect for IP rights, a growing narrative that IP harms societal interests, and increasing skepticism about IP rights within international organizations. Ezell then outlined a countervailing series of examples of global progress on IP rights and concluded with a series of recommendations for policymakers, including:
- Pursue a whole of government “all points strategy” to engage globally on IP challenges.
- Expand non agreement cooperation with countries effectively linking IP to innovation/economic growth.
- Increase capacity building/technical assistance.