INNOVATION, TECHNOLOGY AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (*)
A country that invests in education, research and technology and turns it into a competitive advantage must have an adequate legal framework to protect intellectual property. Peru has progressively developed cutting edge legislation, raising its intellectual property legal safeguards and protections to internationally accepted standards. However, with the exception of trademark law, the use of the system of copyrights and patents is not relevant to local creators.
On the other hand, Peru lacks public policies aimed to develop creative and cultural industries (copyright) and to promote research on innovation and technology (patents). Our country remains to be an active importer of creativity and technology and a passive exporter of it. Developing public policies to change this scenario seems to be the appropriate path. What are we waiting for?
(*) Previously published on Diario El Comercio from Peru (Friday, July 8th, 2011)