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GII 2016: Winning with global innovation

Switzerland, Sweden, UK, U.S., Finland and Singapore are the world’s six most innovative nations, according to the 2016 Global Innovation Index, a leading benchmarking tool that shows the state of innovation in 128 economies around the world.

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International IP filings in 2015

U.S. extends lead in international patent and trademark filings.

Bringing Books to the Blind

A WIPO partnership aims to increase worldwide access to books for people who are blind, have low vision or are otherwise print disabled.

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David Bowie, IP Innovator

“Bowie Bonds”: The musician pioneered the use of a financial tool backed by royalties from his IP.

Stevie Wonder Congratulates on Marrakesh Treaty

Stevie Wonder offers congratulations for the entry into force of the “Books for Blind” treaty and calls for more countries to join.

Cultural Connections

World IP Day 2016 looks at digital creativity and seven patent applications show how creators have connected with audiences over the past three centuries.

Disappearing Bags

An Indonesian inventor’s easily degradable sacks made of plant matter means fewer plastic bags fouling the environment.

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