Support IP-Watch: An Appeal To Readers Intellectual Property Watch needs your financial support. As one of our readers, you know that IP-Watch plays a vital role in international policymaking on intellectual property and innovation through its independent, reliable, balanced and dedicated news coverage. But like other online news services around the world, the challenges of financial sustainability are high. Please help us continue our unique combination of high-quality reporting available as widely and freely as possible. Please read on to see how you can donate, subscribe or complement your existing subscription to Intellectual Property Watch. For more than ten years, Intellectual Property Watch has made its mark as the leading independent reporting service on international IP policymaking, respected for its timely and informed content by readers from international organizations, industry, NGOs, civil society, research centres, government, and academia. We have informed and provoked debate, debunked myths and exposed controversies, and helped thousands to access a policy conversation long seen as highly technical and closed. But now, just as the need for such reporting on international IP policymaking is greater than ever, Intellectual Property Watch needs both immediate help and longer-term commitments toward sustainable financial support. Intellectual Property Watch exists to benefit readers like you. We are proud to be an essential and trusted tool in developing strategy for governments, companies, NGOs and academics alike. Whether your topic is IP law, public health, climate change, food security, trade, internet policy and knowledge access, or innovation, Intellectual Property Watch brings reliable reporting, transparency, and tough-minded analysis to a complex area that will continue to be at the centre of global policy and legal debates for years to come. 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