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Flying cars: transforming a dream into reality

“Given the huge effort to overcome both technical and regulatory challenges, AeroMobil is keenly aware of the need to protect its innovations. “From the beginning our strategy has been to protect what we have. During this innovation process we are coming up with many ideas which we need to protect because they are a potential future source of income and of course we don’t want anybody stealing them,” Mr. Batik comments. “We filed out first patent (PCT SK/2012/000010) in 2012 in Slovakia and then in 101 countries through WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).”

By Catherine Jewell Communications Division, WIPO (Read the full article PDF)

Helping under-resourced inventors navigate the patent system

“The IAP also promises to support national innovation goals, enhance national patent systems and contribute to economic growth. In today’s globalized world, the exclusive rights conferred by a patent guarantee the title holder a privileged position in the market and help attract much-needed business investment. Helping local inventors to obtain a patent gives an invaluable helping hand in the process of turning their creativity into a business opportunity. So far, the IAP has helped 13 inventors in the three pilot countries, with inventions including a portable espresso coffee maker and a device that turns home waste into fertilizer. The invention that has advanced the furthest in the patent process is a machine and a process for obtaining animal food from plant waste. This is already the subject of an international patent application (PCT/ IB2016/055056) under WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), which offers a streamlined way of obtaining patent protection in multiple jurisdictions.”

By Giulia Ragonesi Patent Law Division and  Edward Harris Communications Division, WIPO (Read the full article PDF)

Francis Gurry on the challenges for multilateralism in the field of intellectual property

“We are seeing a huge amount of change in the IP system. One obvious example is the shift in the geography of innovation. Three Asian countries are now among the top five patent filing countries in WIPO’s PCT System. Japan and China are in second and third position after the United States, and the Republic of Korea is in fifth position after Germany. This is a huge change that we have seen unfold over the last 20 years. A similar shift has occurred in the areas of scientific and creative production. That is an area of great change that will continue.”

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U.S. Extends Lead in International Patent and Trademark Filings

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Infographic: Who filed the most PCT patent
applications in 2015? PDF, Infographic, PCT applications 2012

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