Transition At IP-Watch: A New Path Ahead

Expensive Readers,

After 15 years of authentic, unbiased, considerate, and well timed reporting on world policymaking from the within, Mental Property Watch (IP-Watch) is saying right this moment a pause on reporting companies because it embarks on a transition section to plot new methods for future work.

Mental Property Watch is proud to have supplied a public service to the worldwide IP group and past. From our distinctive Geneva-based vantage level, we’ve printed over 7,000 authentic tales. In step with our core dedication to enhancing the standard of worldwide coverage debates on IP, innovation and creativity for all, we’ve made 1000’s of those tales freely obtainable on-line.  Now we have earned a really world readership that features key resolution makers and influencers from all areas and key capitals, overlaying the entire spectrum of stakeholders and viewpoints. We’re proud to have earned practically 29,000 followers on Twitter @ipwatch, and over 11,000 readers obtain common e mail alerts on our reporting.

Regrettably, nevertheless, monetary concerns compel us to droop reporting for a one-year transition section. Regardless of appreciable efforts, we’ve not been in a position to safe sustainable long-term funding for the general public service we offer to the worldwide group.  The monetary challenges of offering dependable, unbiased {and professional} on-line journalism at the moment are frequent to most fashionable media endeavours. At IP-Watch, these challenges have been compounded by our steadfast dedication to offering a non-profit public service to the worldwide IP group and to creating the vast majority of our content material freely accessible to all.

Nonetheless, we see this turning level as a possibility. The suspension of reporting for one yr will allow a transparent transition interval, which the IP-Watch Board will use to retool the publication’s technique for the brand new digital media age and the shifting tides of worldwide policymaking. The Board is dedicated to devising a extra sustainable organisational, publishing and monetary mannequin that may help a brand new chapter and allow us to proceed to serve our readers.

All through the transition section, our total wealthy archives will proceed to be obtainable on-line as a public useful resource obtainable to all except for sure subscriber-only tales. In the meantime, please keep signed-up to IP-Watch in order that we are able to preserve you knowledgeable of subsequent steps.

The IP-Watch Group and Supporters

As we embark on this transition section, we want to take this chance to thank our readership, contributors and sources for having shared your concepts over a few years and on your engagement, good will and help. We lengthen specific gratitude to donors which have supplied core monetary help to IP-Watch over the previous 15 years together with the MacArthur, Rockefeller, Ford and Perls Foundations, the Swiss Federal Institute of Mental Property, the Open Society Basis and the Camino Stiftung. We additionally thank all who’ve subscribed and donated to IP-Watch or have marketed on our web site.

We’re particularly grateful to the entire workforce of workers, consultants and freelance reporters around the globe who’ve made IPW attainable and vibrant. William New, IP-Watch’s indomitable Director and Editor-in-Chief, will likely be leaving his function as of April 2019.  William has been a necessary a part of IPW’s success. He’ll proceed writing, modifying and consulting, and can contribute to IP-Watch’s transition efforts. He will likely be serving as a Visiting Fellow on the Yale Regulation College Data Society Venture and could also be contacted at [email protected], on LinkedIn, or on Twitter @wnewip. Catherine Saez, IPW’s Senior Reporter, may even proceed as a contributor to our sister publication, Well being Coverage Watch, on a contract foundation, whereas pursuing new work as a reporter, author and coverage skilled. She could be contacted at [email protected]

Trying Forward

A Important Mission with Enduring Relevance

Trying ahead, IP-Watch’s Board stays satisfied of the necessity for balanced, unbiased reporting on cutting-edge world policymaking on the intersecting problems with mental property, innovation, science, expertise, creativity and sustainable growth. The problems that motivated the creation of IP-Watch 15 years in the past – transparency; efficient participation by growing nations and the vary of related stakeholders, particularly these past key decision-making centres; and a focus to the general public curiosity – stay as related right this moment. Debates across the regulation, possession and distribution of expertise, data, knowledge, concepts, and creativity – and their public functions – proceed to have a essential affect on public coverage challenges associated to the setting, public well being, tradition, meals safety and growth.

On the identical time, the worldwide coverage panorama has developed significantly over the previous decade and a half. Regulators face unprecedented challenges within the context of the Fourth industrial revolution, together with the rise of the digital economic system; advances in synthetic intelligence, gene modifying and artificial biology; debates on the regulation of our on-line world, the web and social media; in addition to the suite of questions associated to rising new applied sciences and using knowledge.

Transition and Transformation

Within the coming yr, the Board’s focus will likely be on how finest to serve present and new readers within the evolving coverage context, whereas constructing on IP-Watch’s substantial legacy. A variety of various organizational fashions and choices for income technology exist; we’ll discover the range of attainable reporting services and methods of monetizing them, in addition to new methods to border the substance and branding of reporting.

Associates of IP-Watch – What Can You Do?

We’re proud that so lots of our readers rightly contemplate themselves to be ‘Associates’ of IP-Watch and we plan to proceed serving you sooner or later. We’re eager to harness your options, recommendation and affords of help. On a sensible degree, remodeling IP-Look ahead to a subsequent section would require not solely sustainable financing, but additionally new vitality and expertise on our Board and in our workers workforce. You possibly can contact the Board instantly at [email protected].



Carolyn Deere Birkbeck                                                                      William New
Founder and Chair,                                                                             Director and Editor-in-Chief
Mental Property Watch Board                                                    Mental Property Watch


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