Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health (CIPIH)
The Commission was established by the World Health Assembly in 2003:
“…to collect data and proposals from the different actors involved and produce an analysis of intellectual property rights, innovation, and public health, including the question of appropriate funding and incentive mechanisms for the creation of new medicines and other products against diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries…”
Intellectual property rights are important for innovation relevant to public health and are one factor in determining access to medicines. But neither innovation nor access depend on just intellectual property rights. The work of the Commission focuses on the intersections between intellectual property rights, innovation and public health.