WIPO SMEs Newsletter May 2015
By the SMEs Section of the SMEs and Entrepreneurship Support Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
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Negotiators Adopt Geneva Act of Lisbon Agreement at Diplomatic Conference
Negotiators approved a revision of an international registration system providing protection for names that identify the geographic origin of products such as coffee, tea, fruits, wine, pottery, glass and cloth.
WIPO Launches New Multilingual Interface for ePCT; Nine More Languages Now Supported in International Patent Application Filing and Management System
After an initial pilot phase that was limited to English, the ePCT user interface is now available in the other nine languages of international publication under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT): Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. This will contribute significantly to increased use of the ePCT system in countries where a language other than English predominates.
Resources on IP Asset Management
IP PANORAMA Multimedia Toolkit
The IP PANORAMA multimedia toolkit is available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Hungarian, Vietnamese and Thai versions on or through the pages at http://www.wipo.int/sme/en/multimedia/ and http://www.ippanorama.com/.
CD-ROMs of the English, French, Spanish, Russian and Arabic versions are also available on request. Anyone interested in receiving a free copy of the CD-ROM may email firstname.lastname@example.org providing the full postal address, including telephone number, and indicating the purpose for which the CD-ROM would be used. Please note that requests without complete postal address will not be processed.
3D Printing Research Reports
The UK Intellectual Property Office commissioned an evaluation of the development of the 3D printing sector. The executive summary presents the implications for intellectual property law, a quantitative analysis of online distribution of 3D printing files and summarizes a series of cases studies of the role of 3D printing in key sectors. The summary presents key findings and recommendations.
Turning Ideas Into Intellectual Property
Ideas are cheap, but tactical execution is not. We all live work in a fiercely competitive world and every idea, concept or business model has to be carefully shepherded from that first drawing on a napkin to refined product marketing.
The Future European Patent System: Being Prepared
The new European patent system is well on the way to being implemented. It is clear that the new European patent system is going forward, likely in 2016 or 2017. It is a seismic change to the European patent litigation system which will impact global patent enforcement strategy. SMEs should start to prepare themselves and think about important strategic decisions now.
SME Patenting An Empirical Analysis in Nine Countries
Empirical evidence shows that the distribution of patent applications is highly skewed in terms of company size, with a few large enterprises being responsible for the majority of patent applications. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), on the other hand, are important players in national innovation systems and are the subject of policy support in many countries.
Putting a Technology Innovation Culture to Realize Indonesian Vision 2025: A Case Study
This case study offers a center of innovation as a facility to develop innovative ideas that will strengthen the innovation culture. The innovation center will be a system that works to cultivate innovation ideas into a main product innovation based business. Through an innovation culture, an innovation center is expected to be formed, so that people can participate more in realizing the vision of Indonesia in 2025, "Creating an independent Indonesian society, progressive, just and prosperous" in accordance with the MP3EI.
Towards legalized corporate secrecy in the EU?
This report is based on the analysis of hundreds of documents, obtained through an access to documents request, exchanged between the European Commission's DG Internal Market and the main corporate lobby groups involved in the development of the EU's draft legislation on so-called trade secrets. Industry's main message throughout the process has been that trade secret theft is a major threat to the EU economy that demands a legislative initiative to improve and harmonize rules on the matter. Industry's recommended approach for this was to define trade secrets as a form of intellectual property (IP).
A Comparative Analysis of IDB Approaches Supporting SMEs: Assessing Results in the Brazilian Manufacturing Sector
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) conducted an impact evaluation to assess the effectiveness of the main types of programs through which IDB has supported small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Latin America and the Caribbean. It examines the effectiveness of IDB-supported approaches implemented by Brazilian institutions. Focusing only on the manufacturing sector, the evaluation examines how these interventions affect firm-level outcomes such as employment, real wages, exports, and patent and trademark registration.
China Issues Final IP / Antitrust Rules
On April 13, 2015, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce of the Peoples Republic of China (SAIC) released its Rules on the Prohibition of Abuses of Intellectual Property Rights for the Purposes of Eliminating or Restricting Competition (the Rules). The SAIC is one of three agencies responsible for enforcing Chinas Anti-Monopoly Law (AML). The Rules, which will take effect on August 1, 2015, are expected to guide the agencys future enforcement actions in this important area of AML enforcement.
Recent Intellectual Property-related Investigations, Advocacy, and Research at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission
Antitrust issues involving intellectual property (IP) have long been an important part of the U.S. Federal Trade Commissions (FTCs) enforcement, advocacy, and research agendas. Most recently, the FTC has brought several enforcement actions and engaged in competition advocacy and study involving standard-essential patents (SEPs), patent-assertion entities (PAEs), and pay-for-delay settlement agreements. This paper sets forth the Commissions general approach to IP matters, focusing on recent developments involving SEPs, PAEs, and pay-for-delay.
Global Brand Database
The Global Brand Database makes it easier to search, free of charge, over 17,900,000 records relating to internationally protected trademarks, appellations of origin and armorial bearings, flags and other state emblems as well as the names, abbreviations and emblems of intergovernmental organizations.
Report on the WIPO Expert Forum on International Technology Transfer
The report on the WIPO Expert Forum on International Technology Transfer (CDIP/15/5) is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish languages.
Roving Seminar on WIPO Services and Initiatives, June 8, 2015, Helsinki, Finland and June 12, 2015, Toulouse, France
In these events, senior WIPO representatives will provide an introduction to WIPO services and initiatives, including international systems for the protection of IP rights and infrastructure for the exchange of IP information. There will be plenty of opportunity for debate and discussion, as well as interaction with local IP office and business representatives.
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