The three years since the 2014 edition of the ICC Intellectual Property Roadmap have seen many new developments which have had an impact on the world of intellectual property (IP). The United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with 17 Sustainable Development Goals aiming not only to end poverty, but also to address social needs and environmental challenges. The 2016 Paris Agreement, under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, marked a new direction in international climate policies. Both these multilateral frameworks established new approaches for managing the future of our planet in which innovation – and by extension, intellectual property – will play an important role.

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