WIPO Milan Forum on Intellectual Property and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

The Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Division organized, in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry and Foreign Trade of Italy, a Forum on Intellectual Property and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, in Milan, Italy, on February 9 and 10, 2001.

The main objective of the Forum was to review the role of the intellectual property system in enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises. It also provided an opportunity to inform the participants about the initiatives of WIPO on this subject and a plan of action was adopted. Presentations were made by a number of eminent speakers and experts in the field.

Participants included high-level officials from Member States of WIPO as well as representatives from intergovernmental organizations, national SME support institutions, non-governmental organizations and entrepreneurs.

The program covered the following items:

  • Fostering the Innovation Potential of SMEs in the Globalization era: The Role of Patents
  • Promoting the Marketing Potential of SMEs: The Role of the Trademark and Industrial Design Systems
  • SMEs and the Copyright Sector – Success Stories
  • New Enterprises in the Digital Era
  • Panel Discussion on Utilization of the Intellectual Property System for Enhanced Competitiveness in the Knowledge-Based Economy – Opportunities for SMEs

Copies of documents provided at the Forum are available on-line.