A state office that would unify policy on intellectual property must be
established, Uriel Lynn, president of the Israel Chambers of Commerce, told the
Knesset Science and Technology Committee on Monday at a session to mark World
International Property Day.
Lynn said that most countries in the Western
world understand the great importance in the protection of rights to
intellectual property for the development of their economies.
of Israel too must recognize that protecting it is not [solely] the interest of
the owner but of national interest,” he said.
The lawyer accused the
Israel Police of not allocating enough resources to the enforcement of laws on
“One thing is clear – creativity will not be
expressed in actions if there is not protection for intellectual
property. No one will be motivated enough to develop new things if he
knows that his rights will not be protected,” Lynn said.
Lynn, a former
MK, said that a central body to manage policy on the subject must be
established. “Today, there are different views, and there must be a
supreme body in charge. If this is good for the US and Japan, it is also good
Many of those present at the meeting favored such a body,
including Prof. Shanan Harpaz, the head of the Agriculture Ministry’s research
administration, who said “the Health Ministry has one model for intellectual
property, while we have another. Coordination and unification of
definitions are needed.”
But Howard Poliner, a lawyer and Justice
Ministry expert on intellectual property, said the idea of such powers being
concentrated in one place “scares me. It may be that coordination is necessary,
but I’m not sure that a single body is the solution. It may be that various
bodies have to meet periodically to coordinate.”
know-how was also discussed by the committee.
be able to market their know-how, said Ofir Alon of the Technion.
Technion researcher could work at a high-paying job in industry, but they decide
to remain in academia because they love research,” he said.
Bar-Ziv, a researcher in justice and technology at the University of Haifa, said
that extra payment to researchers could be problematic because scholars must be
motivated by curiosity and not merchandizing.
“One must remember that
intellectual property is a very expensive tool that can change the researcher’s
incentives from research curiosity to commercialization. In addition, the public
should not pay twice – once to research institutes and a second time in
royalties to researchers.”
At the conclusion of the session, MK Daniel
Ben-Simon (Labor), who filled in for chairman MK Ronit Tirosh (Kadima), said
that the Treasury “must quickly deal with arranging procedures for paying
researchers who work for the national interest in fields in which the industry
does not necessarily contribute.”
He also urged the Justice and Finance
ministries to bring together all relevant factors to increase enforcement on