USCIB’s Geneva Delegation Supports Innovation at World IP Day

As part of USCIB’s Geneva Week, USCIB staff and members had the opportunity to participate in the annual World Intellectual Property Day on April 26 in Geneva to celebrate the role that intellectual property rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity. This year’s campaign celebrated women who are driving societal change and shaping “our common future” through innovation and creativity.

The USCIB delegation attended a reception sponsored by Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia (MIKTA), an informal partnership created in 2013 on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly to support effective global governance.

“USCIB appreciated the opportunity to attend World IP Day and to support the importance causes of promoting intellectual property rights and bridging the gender divide in innovation,” noted Mike Michener, who leads USCIB’s Committee on Innovation and Intellectual Property. “USCIB’s goal within our recently revamped Intellectual Property and Innovation Committee is to improve our members’ global competitiveness as well as identify international initiatives to secure IP rights and promote innovation. World IP Day is an exemplary forum to help endorse our long-standing beliefs that intellectual property protection and innovation go hand-in-hand.”


Staff Contact:   Michael Michener

VP, Product Policy and Innovation
Tel: 202.617.3159

Michael Michener is USCIB’s vice president of product policy and innovation, joining USCIB in early 2017. Michener is a former administrator of the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service who has also served as a U.S. trade diplomat and association executive. Michener most recently served in Brussels as director of multilateral relations for CropLife International, representing the association before a range of international organizations – including the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, the UN Environment Program and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – on issues related to crop protection products and agriculture biotechnology.
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