Save the Date – 12 November 2020 – Dragons’ Lair (WIPO SCCR 40 virtual side event)

Thursday, 12 November 2020 – 15:00 CET, 14:00 UTC

On Thursday, 12 November 2020 from 14h00 UTC to 15h30 UTC, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) invites you to Dragons’ Lair – a pitch for WIPO’s work program for the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). The goals are to inform WIPO delegates of some of the issues that could be discussed in the august forum of the WIPO SCCR in a quick and lively manner. To register, please contact thiru [at]

The rules, if not well known, are quite simple and akin to the Dragons’ Den, the Shark Tank, the Owls’ Nest, different names for similar shows where entrepreneurs make pitches to investors.

A select pool of judges will serve on a panel to decide the attractiveness and feasibility of advocates’ proposals for the work program of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) for the next biennium (2021-2022). Advocates will get three minutes each to pitch their ideas. After the pitches, we will have a lightning round where every judge will have up to one minute each to ask questions of any participant. The judges will then inform the audience on their votes for the “winning” proposal.

Illustration by By David REVOY – – Creative Commons Attribution 3.0


Thiru Balasubramaniam is the Geneva Representative of Knowledge Ecology International. Prior to his post as KEI’s Geneva Representative, Mr. Balasubramaniam worked at Health Action International in Colombo and at the World Health Organization in Geneva as a technical officer in the Department of Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy dealing with access to medicines and intellectual property. He began his career with CPTech working on issues related to health care and intellectual property. Mr. Balasubramaniam holds a B.A. in Economics and a Minor in European History from the University of Pennsylvania.