Virtual Panel on “Industry 4.0”

blue circuit boardVirtual Panel

“Industry 4.0: Formal and Tacit Manufacturing Knowledge
in Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property”

Thursday, June 15, 2023
1:30 – 3:00 PM Eastern
(Convert time zones)

Hosted Online via Zoom

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In recent years, industry leaders and policymakers have begun to assess implications of a fourth industrial revolution that features rapid scalability from prototype to production, use of AI and robotics across the economy, and mass customization of consumer products. At the same time, nations are competing to attract high tech manufacturing through subsidies for strategic industries and enacting barriers to trade in areas of national interest. However, the manufacturing of electronics, medicines, and other technology products involves a complex mix of tacit (often trade secret) know-how and formal knowledge that can be protected through patents and trademarks. This panel will explore formal and tacit knowledge in technology transfer, manufacturing, and industry 4.0. In a period of increasing trade barriers, can technology transfer benefit both sending and recipient nations? What insights do we gain from history for the present situation, and how should policymakers respond to rapid technology change? What implications does industry 4.0 have for the IP system internationally?


  • Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D., Founder and President, Information Technology Innovation Foundation (ITIF)
  • Dr. Almesha L. Campbell, Assistant Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Jackson State University; Chair, AUTM Board of Directors
  • Patrick Kilbride, Senior Vice President, Global Innovation Policy Center | U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Moderator: Arthur Daemmrich, Director, Arizona State University Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes

This panel is hosted jointly by C-IP2 and by the Arizona State University Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes. The virtual event is open to the public and also part of the 2023 WIPO-U.S. Summer School on Intellectual Property program.