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WIPO/ACADEMY/REVIEW/2016/EN

Sharing Knowledge, Building Capacity - The WIPO Academy Year in Review (2016)

Publication year: 2017

This report introduces the work of the Academy and highlights our achievements in 2016.

WIPO/MADRID/ESERVICES/EN

Madrid System e-Services

Publication year: 2017

An overview of Madrid System online tools and resources available to support trademark owners at each stage of the international trademark registration lifecycle (search, file, monitor and manage). Contains descriptions of each tool, including when and why to use it and a list of key benefits and features.

WIPO/MADRID/ESERVICES/MONITOR/EN

Madrid System e-Services - Madrid Monitor
Quick-Start Guide

Publication year: 2017

Use Madrid Monitor to track the status of your international application or registration, access detailed information on all trademarks registered through the Madrid System, and keep an eye on competitor's marks.

WIPO/MADRID/MEMBERS/EN

Madrid System e-Services - Member Profiles Database
Quick-Start Guide

Publication year: 2017

Whether you're preparing an international application or managing your existing portfolio of trademark registrations, the Member Profiles Database gives you free access to the practices and procedures of Madrid System members across the globe.

WIPO/PUB/121/2017/4/EN

WIPO Magazine, Issue 4/2017 (August)

Publication year: 2017

The WIPO Magazine explores intellectual property, creativity and innovation in action across the world.

WIPO/PUB/121/2017/5/EN

WIPO Magazine, Issue 5/2017 (October)

Publication year: 2017

The WIPO Magazine explores intellectual property, creativity and innovation in action across the world.

WIPO/PUB/900.1/EN

Making a Mark - An Introduction to Trademarks for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

Publication year: 2017

Trademarks are an essential business tool. This practical guide for small and medium-sized enterprises explains how to use them strategically to help build and protect your brand.

WIPO/PUB/901/2017/EN

Patent Cooperation Treaty Yearly Review - 2017
The International Patent System

Publication year: 2017

Comprehensive facts, figures and analysis of the international patent system. Special theme: how applicants time their international patent filings

WIPO/PUB/907/2017/EN

Your Own World of IP

Publication year: 2017

Intellectual property is everywhere! This colorful little booklet introduces the main types of IP, with plenty of interesting facts and examples. It is designed to appeal in particular to adolescents and young people.

WIPO/PUB/911/EN

The Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs
Main Features and Advantages

Publication year: 2017

An overview of the Hague System explaining who can use it, how the registration process works and how it may benefit users.

WIPO/PUB/930/2017/EN

Hague Yearly Review - International Registrations of Industrial Designs - 2017

Publication year: 2017

Comprehensive facts, figures and analysis of the international registration of industrial designs.

WIPO/PUB/940/2017/EN

Madrid Yearly Review 2017
International Registrations of Marks

Publication year: 2017

Comprehensive facts, figures and analysis of the international registration of marks.

WIPO/PUB/1020/2017

A Guide to the Main WIPO Services

Publication year: 2017

The World Intellectual Property Organization offers a wide range of global IP services. They provide a highly efficient, fast and cost-effective means of helping innovators and creators - both corporate and individual - protect their inventions, trademarks and designs in multiple countries, and also resolve their IP disputes, including those involving domain names. This brochure offers a brief overview of these global services.

WIPO/PUB/1037/2017/EN

International Survey on Private Copying - Law and Practice 2016

Author(s): Stichting de Thuiskopie; Publication year: 2017

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Dutch collecting society for private copying remunerations, Stichting de Thuiskopie, are pleased to present the fourth joint publication on the law and practice of private copying systems around the world. The survey provides a global view of private copying compensation (also known as private copying levies), an important element of copyright and related rights infrastructure. It aims to facilitate evidence-based decision-making and to provide an update on important developments in the private copying law and practice of countries that have such an exception in their legal arsenals.

WIPO/PUB/1042/2017/EN

International Survey on Text and Image Copyright Levies
2016 Edition

Author(s): IFRRO; Publication year: 2017

The third ‘International Survey of Text and Image Copyright Levies’, jointly published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Federation of Reprographic Rights Organizations (IFRRO) builds on and updates the first two surveys published in 2014 and 2015, and analyzes the origins, scope and current use of these levies around the world, and their role in ensuring easy legal access to copyright material. The Survey also shows how and why text and image (TI) levies are different from audio and audio-visual private copying levies. As with the first two surveys, it uses data from IFRRO members, collated and presented by Paul Greenwood, a consultant, with the assistance of representatives of IFRRO members and the IFRRO Secretariat. The methodology and scope are unchanged.

WIPO/PUB/1047/EN

Key Questions on Patent Disclosure Requirements for Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge

Publication year: 2017

Policymakers and other stakeholders often raise operational questions and seek practical and empirical information about patent disclosure requirements in relation to genetic resources and traditional knowledge. This authoritative study offers a comprehensive and scrupulously neutral overview of key legal and operational questions arising within this context.

WIPO/PUB/1048/EN

Protect and Promote Your Culture
A Practical Guide to Intellectual Property for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

Publication year: 2017

Intellectual property can be a powerful tool for indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs). Used strategically, it can help you promote your own products and services, and prevent the misappropriation of your traditional knowledge and culture. This short guide explains how, with plenty of examples of IPLCs who have made the most of their intellectual property rights.

WIPO/PUB/CR/2017/1/EN

How to Make a Living in the Creative Industries

Publication year: 2017

This booklet explains simply and clearly how copyright helps creative people to earn money from their original works. It is designed for people who may already work in the cultural and creative industries, or who may be contemplating a career in them, as well as for individual creators, policy makers, academics, and business support agencies working in the field. It is accessible to non-specialists or newcomers to the subject of copyright and intellectual property rights.

WIPO/PUB/GC/15/EN

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Multidrug Resistance (MDR): Overview of current approaches, consortia and intellectual property issues
Global Challenges Report

Author(s): Andrew Jenner, Niresh Bhagwandin, Stanley Kowalski; Publication year: 2017

Based on a review of recent literature, this WIPO Global Challenges Report includes a broad overview of current approaches and consortia designed to meet the challenge of research and development (R&D) investment for new treatments. It also examines patent applications by both the public and the private sectors as an indicator of innovative activity.

WIPO/PUB/USING-IP-DEV/EN

Using IP for development
Success stories from around the world

Publication year: 2017

Intellectual property is a powerful tool for development. This booklet shows how governments, businesses and non-profit organizations all around the world are using different types of IP strategically to boost economic, social and cultural progress.

WIPO/RE:SEARCH/5YEARPLAN/EN

WIPO Re:Search Strategic Plan 2017–2021

Publication year: 2017

WIPO Re:Search has come a long way over the past five years since its inception. Initially, it was intended to demonstrate that IP could help facilitate innovation in health and catalyze new research and development. This demonstration has been achieved.

Based on the recommendations of an external strategic review of WIPO Re:Search, this Strategic Plan, developed in a collaborative manner with all WIPO Re:Search Members, charts the way forward based on several principles: the positive value of IP; the need for a proactive partnering mechanism; a long-term perspective of potential contribution to product development; the importance of capacity building for IP management and for research; the importance of mobilizing additional resources for partnering and for collaborations; and the value of broader understanding of IP, research and WIPO Re:Search itself.

WIPO/TISC/REPORT/16 EN

Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) Report 2016

Publication year: 2017

This Annual Report aims to highlight key trends and milestones since the project was launched in 2009 with a focus on the main achievements and developments in 2016.

WIPO/PUB/895/2016/EN

Understanding Industrial Property

Publication year: 2016

This booklet provides an introduction for newcomers to the subject of industrial property. It explains the principles underpinning industrial property rights, and describes the most common forms of industrial property, including patents and utility models for inventions, industrial designs, trademarks and geographical indications.

WIPO/PUB/909/2016/EN

Understanding Copyright and Related Rights

Publication year: 2016

This booklet provides an introduction for newcomers to the subject of copyright and related rights. It explains the fundamentals underpinning copyright law and practice, and describes the different types of rights which copyright and related rights law protects, as well as the limitations on those rights. It also briefly covers transfer of copyright and provisions for enforcement.

WIPO/PUB/941/2016/EN

World Intellectual Property Indicators - 2016

Publication year: 2016

A comprehensive picture of IP activity around the world based on statistics from national and regional IP offices, WIPO and the World Bank. Covers filing, registration and renewals data for patents, utility models, trademarks, industrial designs, microorganisms and plant variety protection. Also includes an analysis of participation by women inventors in international patenting.

Find out more: Press release | Infographic | Highlights (on YouTube)

WIPO/PUB/943/2016/EN

WIPO IP Facts and Figures 2016

Publication year: 2016

An overview of intellectual property activity based on the latest available year of complete statistics.

WIPO/PUB/1037/2016/EN

International Survey on Private Copying - Law and Practice 2015

Author(s): Stichting de Thuiskopie; Publication year: 2016

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Dutch collecting society for private copying remunerations, Stichting de Thuiskopie, are pleased to present the third joint publication on the law and practice of private copying systems around the world. The survey provides a global view of private copying compensation (also known as private copying levies), an important element of copyright and related rights infrastructure. It aims to facilitate evidence-based decision-making and to provide an update on important developments in the private copying law and practice of countries that have such an exception in their legal arsenals.

WIPO/PUB/1045/EN

National Studies on Assessing the Economic Contribution of the Copyright-Based Industries - Series no. 9

Publication year: 2016

The 9th volume of national studies on the economic contribution of the copyright- based industries offers economic analysis on the size of the copyright industries in Ethiopia, France and Republic of Moldova. The publication reviews the contribution of economic activities based on copyright and related rights to the creation of national value added, employment and trade in selected countries and broadens the scope of WIPO-led research on the economic aspects of copyright.

WIPO/PUB/TK/1/EN

Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property
Background Brief - No. 1

Publication year: 2016

This Brief provides general and basic information on the interface between intellectual property and traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions, and genetic resources.

WIPO/PUB/893/EN

Guide on Surveying the Economic Contribution of the Copyright-Based Industries

Publication year: 2015

The Guide contains information and recommendations for research teams and copyright professionals studying the contribution of the copyright-based industries to the national economy. This publication is intended as a practical tool to facilitate national and regional surveys. The Guide lays out the thrust of the main legal, economic and statistical concepts, relevant to the survey. This Guide also contains a glossary of copyright terms.

WIPO/PUB/1042/2016/EN

International Survey on Text and Image Copyright Levies
2015 Edition

Author(s): IFRRO; Publication year: 2015

The second ‘International Survey of Text and Image Copyright Levies’, jointly published by WIPO and IFRRO analyzes the origins, scope and current use of text and image copyright levies around the world. It shows the role of this mechanism for ensuring easy legal access to copyright material and its major differences with audio and audio-visual private copying levies. The Survey is based on data from IFRRO members and provides and overview of this important income stream for copyright holders.

WIPO/PUB/939/EN

How to Make a Living from Music
Creative industries - Booklet no. 4, 2nd edition

Author(s): David Stopps; Publication year: 2014

This guide is designed for musicians and music professionals who wish to hone their knowledge of the music business. It is intended as a practical tool to help composers, performers and all those involved in the music world get into the specifics of the management of their intellectual property rights. The guide aims to provide instructive advice on how to build a successful career in music in both developed and developing countries, by generating income from musical talent.

WIPO/PUB/955/EN

Monetization of Copyright Assets by Creative Enterprises
Creative Industries - Booklet 7

Publication year: 2014

The objective of this study is to create an awareness of intellectual property rights that are associated with creative activities and to present financial and valuation tools that can enable the quantification of the monetary value of successful creative efforts.

WIPO/PUB/959/EN

Mastering the Game: Business and Legal Issues for Video Game Developers
Creative industries - Booklet No. 8

Publication year: 2014

The video game industry is enjoying a boom period worldwide. Intellectual property (IP) – and in particular copyright – underpins the continuing success of the industry, yet the understanding and use of IP instruments of protection can remain a challenge. This publication outlines the practical business and legal issues relevant for video game developers and will thus improve their ability to get the most out of the IP system. Topics covered include: licensing agreements, music, distribution, mobile, regulation, confidentiality agreements, and more.

WIPO/PUB/1037/2014/EN

International Survey on Private Copying - Law and Practice 2013

Author(s): Stichting de Thuiskopie; Publication year: 2014

The present survey represents a collection of key data on private copying compensation systems around the world. It appears now in its 23rd edition which, for the second time, is the result of collaboration between the Private Copying Collection body in the Netherlands Stichting de Thuiskopie and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

WIPO/PUB/1042E

International Survey on Text and Image Copyright Levies
2014 Edition

Author(s): IFRRO; Publication year: 2014

The publication provides an international overview of the functioning of the various models of text and image levies which are currently in operation across the world. The survey demonstrates that the practice of operating levies is a commonly used way to provide authors and publishers with remuneration for certain uses of their copyright works.

WIPO/PUB/1044E

National Studies on Assessing the Economic Contribution of the Copyright-Based Industries - Series no. 8

Publication year: 2014

The 8th volume of national studies on the economic contribution of the copyright- based industries offers economic analysis on the size of the copyright industries in Argentina, Indonesia, Member States of the Organization of the East Caribbean States, Serbia and Turkey. The publication reviews the contribution of economic activities based on copyright and related rights to the creation of national value added, employment and trade in selected countries and broadens the scope of WIPO-led research on the economic aspects of copyright.

WIPO/REPORT/CR/VCR/EN

Comparative Analysis of National Approaches on Voluntary Copyright Relinquishment

Author(s): Andres Guadamuz; Publication year: 2014

This report is divided into three main sections. First, the report looks at copyright relinquishment in the context of current copyright law and doctrine, including issues such as the nature of protection, irrevocability and moral rights. The second section of the report is a survey of national legislation and jurisprudence on the subject. Finally, the report considers practical issues surrounding public domain dedications by looking at examples of institutions and individuals who might be interested in donating their copyright.

WIPO/PUB/1001E

Guide - Managing Intellectual Property for Museums

Author(s): Rina Elster Pantalony; Publication year: 2013

This Guide, prepared by Rina Elster Pantalony, was recently updated to reflect the tremendous developments since it was first published in 2007, in particular Digital Rights Management, the role of social media as a business opportunity and traditional knowledge. The two-part Guide first describes IP issues relevant to museums then reviews existing business models that could provide museums with appropriate opportunities to create sustainable funding, and deliver on their stated objectives.

WIPO/PUB/1034E

WIPO Review of Contractual Considerations in the Audiovisual Sector

Author(s): Katherine Sand; Publication year: 2013

This review is a condensed, yet comprehensive, panorama of all the key aspects of performers' contracts in the audiovisual industry and the various ways in which these may serve the interests of both performers and producers.

WIPO/PUB/1037/2013/EN

International Survey on Private Copying - Law and Practice 2012

Author(s): Stichting de Thuiskopie; Publication year: 2013

This publication describes national systems on compensation for private copying and provides available data on their operation in different countries around the world. The survey offers a global overview of this important element of the copyright infrastructure and is the result of collaboration between WIPO and the Private Copying Collection body in the Netherlands.

WIPO/PUB/1041E

National Studies on Assessing the Economic Contribution of the Copyright-Based Industries - Series no. 7

Publication year: 2013

The 7th volume of national studies on the economic contribution of the copyright based industries offers economic analysis on the size of the copyright industries in Jordan, Lithuania, Malawi, Tanzania and Trinidad and Tobago. The publication reviews the contribution of economic activities based on copyright and related rights to the creation of national value added, employment and trade in selected countries and broadens the scope of WIPO-led research on the economic aspects of copyright.

WIPO/REPORT/CR/VG/EN

The Legal Status of Video Games: Comparative Analysis in National Approaches

Author(s): Andy Ramos, Anxo Rodríguez, Laura López, Stan Abrams, Tim Meng; Publication year: 2013

This report analyzes the classification that each country has adopted for video games, and provides, in the final section, a tentative classification of these complex works, considering their nature, the elements they are made of and the creative process.

WIPO/PUB/1036E

National Studies on Assessing the Economic Contribution of the Copyright-Based Industries - Series no. 6

Publication year: 2012

This publication constitutes the sixth volume of National Studies on Assessing the Economic Contribution of the Copyright-Based Industries, Creative Industries Series and contains the studies carried out in Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, the Republic of Korea, South Africa and Thailand. The publication reviews the contribution of economic activities based on copyright and related rights to the creation of national value added, employment and trade in selected countries and broadens the scope of WIPO-led research on the economic aspects of copyright.

WIPO/PUB/950/EN

From Script to Screen: The Importance of Copyright in the Distribution of Films
Creative industries - Booklet no. 6

Author(s): Charles-Edouard Renault, Rob H. Aft; Publication year: 2011

The objective of this publication is to introduce the novice filmmaker to the legal and business-related issues needed to participate in what is now a well-structured global marketplace for films. It provides a broad overview of the principles and standards currently observed and practiced in the film industry at the international level.

WIPO/PUB/1021/EN

Managing Intellectual Property in the Advertising Industry
Creative Industries - Booklet no. 5

Publication year: 2011

This study will address various IP-related issues that are important for the efficient management of companies active in creating and implementing advertising content and campaigns.

WIPO/REPORT/CR/II/EN

The Role and Responsibility of Internet Intermediaries in the Field of Copyright and Related Rights

Author(s): Lilian Edwards; Publication year: 2010

This study aims to identify the trends and principles governing the changing role of Internet intermediaries, summarizing the evolution of business models and outlining the complex issues to be considered in developing public policy in this field.

WIPO/REPORT/CR/NAL2/EN

Comparative Analysis of National Approaches of the Liability of the Internet Intermediaries – Part 2

Author(s): Ignacio Garrote Fernández-Diéz; Publication year: 2010

In this study, Professor Fernández-Diéz seeks to identify the possible commonalities among different liability doctrines. The study is divided into two parts, the second containing a conclusion resulting from the Survey (first part) which defines trends and commonalities in the treatment of the responsibility of Internet intermediaries.

WIPO/REPORT/CR/NAL/EN

Comparative Analysis of National Approaches of the Liability of the Internet Intermediaries - Part I

Author(s): Daniel Seng; Publication year: 2010

In this study, Professor Seng seeks to identify the possible commonalities among different liability doctrines. The study is divided into two parts, the first consisting of a “Survey of National Legislation and Jurisprudence on the Liability of Internet Intermediaries in the Field of Copyright and Related Rights”, covering 30 jurisdictions.

WIPO/REPORT/CR/PD/EN

Scoping Study on Copyright and Related Rights and the Public Domain

Author(s): Séverine Dusollier; Publication year: 2010

This study assesses the scope of the public domain, as defined by copyright laws, history and philosophy, before turning to the issue of its effectiveness and greater availability to the public and society at large.

WIPO/PUB/1017E

National Studies on Assessing the Economic Contribution of the Copyright-Based Industries - Series no. 3

Publication year: 2009

This publication constitutes the third volume of National Studies on Assessing the Economic Contribution of the Copyright-Based Industries, Creative Industries Series and contains the studies carried out in Colombia, Croatia, Romania, the Russian Federation and the Ukraine. The publication reviews the contribution of economic activities based on copyright and related rights to the creation of national value added, employment and trade in selected countries and broadens the scope of WIPO-led research on the economic aspects of copyright.

WIPO/PUB/868/EN

Managing Intellectual Property in the Book Publishing Industry
Creative industries - Booklet no. 1

Author(s): Monica Seeber, Richard Balkwill; Publication year: 2007

This introductory booklet on managing intellectual property in the book publishing industry is for publishers who wish to increase their understanding of how to manage intellectual property rights in a business context. The booklet offers practical information to help publishers both to exploit intellectual property rights as economic assets, and to avoid infringing the rights of others. While focusing primarily on publishers of trade books, the concepts covered are equally relevant to publishers of other printed literature, such as textbooks, newspapers, magazines and corporate literature.

WIPO/PUB/869/EN

Rights, Camera, Action! IP Rights and the Film-Making Process
Creative industries - Booklet no. 2

Author(s): Bertrand Moullier, Richard Holmes; Publication year: 2007

The creative process and business models of film industries are being refined as new technologies are used to develop, produce, finance, distribute and market film productions. So much so that the use of new technologies has allowed small and independent filmmakers from the non traditional markets of developing nations to enter regional and international marketplaces. These filmmakers face considerable challenges as they try to keep abreast of the transformation of the legal and commercial film environment. This booklet focuses on issues that producers, independent filmmakers, scriptwriters, performing artists, and distributors in the developing world must be aware of. It is a publication intended for use by persons not trained or expert in intellectual property law and wishing to identify the intellectual property related issues in all key phases of film making.

WIPO/PUB/1009E

National Studies on Assessing the Economic Contribution of the Copyright-Based Industries - Series no. 2

Publication year: 2007

This publication constitutes the second volume of the National Studies on Assessing the Economic Contribution of the Copyright-Based Industries, Creative Industries Series. It contains the results of five national studies representing the contribution of the creative sector - in terms of value-added, employment, and foreign trade - in the Philippines, Mexico, Jamaica, Bulgaria and Lebanon. The publication reviews the contribution of economic activities based on copyright and related rights to the creation of national value added, employment and trade in selected countries and broadens the scope of WIPO-led research on the economic aspects of copyright.

WIPO/PUB/938/EN

Managing Creative Enterprises
Creative industries - Booklet no. 3

Author(s): Xavier Greffe; Publication year: 2006

This introductory booklet is intended to be used by creative individuals and business entrepreneurs both (1) as a tool to understand the specifics of the creative market and the major challenges facing creative enterprises in terms of financing, marketing or managing intellectual property assets, and (2) as a practical guide to assist managers and creators in addressing these challenges and setting up and running viable creative businesses.

WIPO/PUB/789/EN

Copyright Collective Management in Music

Publication year: 2005

Presented in the form of a theoretical and practical guide, this posthumous publication by the late Dr. Ulrich Uchtenhagen concerns the stages in the setting-up of a collective management society in the field of music and the society's operation. The work describes the essential activities and mechanisms as well as the fundamental principles required for sound collective management. It provides clear explanations of the complex notions of a system which is essential for authors, composers and music publishers throughout the world who seek protection and wish to be rewarded for their work.

WIPO/PUB/924/EN

Collective Management in Reprography

Publication year: 2005

This publication gives a general description of the concept of collective management and its role in the field of reprography, and affords insight into the legislative framework and the different national reprographic reproduction rights organizations and their activities.

WIPO/PUB/926/EN

The Setting-up of New Copyright Societies

Author(s): Ulrich Uchtenhagen; Publication year: 2005

The document provides short explanations, on the different steps, conditions and on the various parameters indispensable for the creation of a collective management organization for musical works. It includes an interesting work plan indicating in a time frame the different stages necessary for achieving such goal.

WIPO/PUB/891/EN

Guide to the Copyright and Related Rights Treaties Administered by WIPO and Glossary of Copyright and Related Rights Terms

Publication year: 2004

This Guide seeks to clarify and explain the legal principles enshrined in the copyright and related rights treaties administered by WIPO, and their relationship with policy, economic, cultural and technological considerations. It will be particularly helpful to governments, creators, businesses, the legal profession, academics, consumers and students in all WIPO Member States.

WIPO/PUB/922/EN

From Artist to Audience

Publication year: 2004

A WIPO booklet produced in cooperation with the International Confederation of Societies of Authors (CISAC) and the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO), aims to answer questions by exploring one way in which the copyright and related rights system works, namely through the collective management of rights.