The Intellectual Property Business Council (IPBC) within the International Trade Council stands as a paragon of expertise and guidance in the intricate realm of intellectual property (IP) as it intersects with global commerce. In an era where intellectual assets are as valuable as tangible assets, the council dedicates itself to enlightening, supporting, and guiding its members on the nuanced facets of intellectual property, ranging from patents and copyrights to trademarks and cross-border protections.


Deputy Chairperson:

Board Members:

Areas of Focus:

  • IP Education: At the heart of the council's mission is the commitment to educate ITC members about the fundamental principles of intellectual property, its significance in global trade, and its practical implications for businesses.
  • Patents: The council delves into the world of inventions, innovations, and patents, providing resources on patent filing, maintenance, infringement challenges, and international patent landscapes.
  • Copyrights: With a focus on original creations of the mind, the IPBC enlightens members about copyright protections, registrations, licensing, and the complexities surrounding digital content and cross-border sharing.
  • Trademarks: From brand logos to unique product names, the council emphasizes the importance of trademarks in the global marketplace, offering guidance on registration, protection, and infringement disputes.
  • Cross-Border IP Protection: Recognizing the challenges that come with protecting intellectual assets across different jurisdictions, the council offers insights on international IP treaties, conventions, and strategies for cross-border enforcement.
  • Licensing and Commercialization: The IPBC provides expertise on how businesses can monetize their intellectual assets, through licensing agreements, franchising, or other commercialization strategies.
  • Counterfeiting and Piracy: The council sheds light on the growing concerns of counterfeit goods and digital piracy, offering strategies for detection, prevention, and legal redress.
  • IP Litigation and Dispute Resolution: Equipping members with resources and expertise, the council navigates the complex terrains of IP disputes, mediation, and litigation at both national and international levels.
  • Networking and Collaboration: Offering a platform for IP professionals, business owners, legal experts, and stakeholders, the IPBC fosters an environment of collaboration, dialogue, and mutual learning.
  • Future IP Trends: Staying ahead of the curve, the council explores emerging trends, technologies, and policies that could influence the future landscape of intellectual property in international trade.

Outputs of the Business Council:

  • Research Reports
  • Webinars
  • Legislative Recommendations
  • Thought-Pieces / Blog Posts
  • Participation in Industry Events
  • Collation of Industry News
  • Mentoring