WIPO SMEs Newsletter February 2009

February 27, 2009

By the SMEs Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

WIPO SMEs Newsletter is a monthly e-publication providing readers with useful intellectual property information contained in articles, case studies, forthcoming IP/SMEs relevant events, and published presentations featured on our web site. We hope you will find it useful and informative. We encourage you to share the newsletter or items of interest with friends and colleagues. For past issues and information on the activities of the SMEs Division, please visit http://www.wipo.int/sme.


IPR Protection at Trade Fairs or Exhibitions in China 

In this article, the experts in the China IPR SME Helpdesk recommend a series of actions that companies planning to visit a trade fair or exhibition in China should take before, during and after the trade fair or exhibition.


Innovation Fund: Patent Support Fund for SMEs 

This link provides the  policy and guidelines  that South African SMEs should follow to obtain financial assistance from the Patent Support Fund, which is managed by the National Research Foundation.

A Scheme to Provide Financial Support to SMEs and Technology Start-Up Units 

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India provides financial support to SMEs and Technology Start-Ups in the Electronics & Information and Communication Technologies Sectors for filing international patent applications.


SME-IP. 1st Report – Support Services in the Field of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for SMEs in Switzerland – A Review 

This report, commissioned by the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, includes a landscape of IPR services provided to SMEs in Switzerland, examines the performance of the IPR support service system and benchmarks the IPR support services for SMEs against similar services in other countries of the OECD. It also includes seven case studies highlighting the elements of good practice on publicly funded IP Support Service for Swiss SMEs.

An Analysis of the Characteristics of Small and Medium Enterprises that use Intellectual Property 

This report by Mark Rogers, Christine Greenhalgh and Christian Helmers, analyses the characteristics of IP active UK SMEs over the period 2001 to 2005.

Open Innovation in a Global Perspective – What do Existing Data tell us?  

This report by Koen De Backer, Vladimir Lopez-Bassols and Catalina Martinez presents different indicators using existing data on R&D investments, innovation survey data, patent data and data on licensing, illustrating the increasing importance and the different characteristics of open innovation across companies, industries and countries by analyzing data on R&D investments, innovation surveys, patenting data, and licensing data. It notes that larger firms innovate more openly than small firms, suggesting that there are barriers, such as limited resources, which prevent SMEs from relying as much on open innovation as larger firms do.

Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement Manual: A Practical and Legal Guide for Protecting Your Intellectual Property Rights  

This manual, written in the US context, is intended to provide practical guidance to business owners for developing strategies to deal with counterfeiting and piracy. It includes 14 case studies of businesses explaining their strategies followed by different companies to deal with the challenge of counterfeiting and piracy.

Patent Trolls Prey on SMEs 

In the context of patents on business methods, this article by Rita S. Heimes considers the practice of “stick licensing” of the so-called “ patent trolls,” whereby SMEs are forced to pay license fees ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 to continue the operation of their online services, to be legal but unfair. It proposes a number of solutions to deal with this challenge.

SMEs as Patent Applicants 

This report presents the results and conclusions of a questionnaire-based survey of SMEs in France in 2004. It provides a preliminary understanding of the patent filing strategies of SMEs in France.

The Patent Information Tour 

This web-based interactive e-learning tool of the European Patent Office is in English, German and French.

Patent Analysis from Landon IP assuring that you – not your competitors – Profit from Your Best Ideas 

This article by Robert Cantrell introduces a toolkit for patent analysis. It emphasizes the need to devise “measures of merit” for undertaking patent analysis. The first step in ascertaining the “ measures of merit” is to define as clearly as possible, the primary objective for the analysis, that is, what uncertainty has caused the decision makers to ask for the analysis in order to make (rather than justify) a decision.


Information Meeting on Intellectual Property Financing, WIPO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland, March 10, 2009 

The purpose of the WIPO Information Meeting is to raise awareness among Member States’ copyright and industrial property offices, and the wider IP community, of the opportunities and challenges of IP financing by drawing attention to current practices in different countries and different industries, including in the copyright, patent and trademark fields. The Meeting will also highlight the ways in which improvements in law or financing practices may assist IP rightholders to manage their IP assets for greater value, and thereby assist Member States in setting-up appropriate national strategies in the field of IP. More

Korea International Women's Invention Exposition (KIWIE) 2009, WIPO-KIPO-KWIA IP Management Forum on “Global Market Access for Women Inventors and Entrepreneurs”, IP PANORAMA Business School for Women Entrepreneurs and Inventors, Seoul, Korea, May 1 to 9, 2009 

These events are organized by Korean Women Inventors Association (KWIA) to support women inventors and SMEs set up by women entrepreneurs to provide an opportunity for marketing their products, sharing information and experience, finding good business opportunities, and learning practical IP knowledge for business.

For further information, visit: http://kiwie.or.kr/index.asp or send an email to: kiwie2009@gmail.com

WIPO Workshop for Mediators in Intellectual Property Disputes, May 28 and 29, 2009 

The significant time and cost that can be associated with court proceedings are increasingly causing parties to look for alternative ways of settling their disputes. Mediation is an extension of direct negotiations between the parties to a dispute, conducted with the aid of a neutral intermediary, the mediator. It is the preferred mode of dispute resolution in many of the most important markets of Asia, as well as an increasingly popular method of dispute settlement in the United States of America and in Europe. As an international resource center in the area of intellectual property mediation and arbitration, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center will offer a Workshop for Mediators in IP Disputes on Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30, 2009 at the headquarters of WIPO in Geneva, Switzerland. The Workshop is held in English and is designed for lawyers, business executives, patent and trademark specialists and others who wish to become familiar with the mediation process and receive training as mediators. Taught by Professor Robert H. Mnookin of Harvard Law School and Professor Gary J. Friedman of the Center for Mediation in Law of Mill Valley, California, the program is based on simulated intellectual property mediation exercises. Find out more.


The SMEs Division welcomes voluntary contributions of articles, case studies, news items, useful links and relevant information concerning forthcoming events of interest to entrepreneurs and SMEs for inclusion in future issues of this newsletter; contributions may be sent by email to sme@wipo.int.

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