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 (IP) 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
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A New WIPO Initiative - WIPO Gold - A Free On-line Portal
Earlier this month, WIPO launched
WIPO GOLD, a portal of free on-line global
intellectual property (IP) reference resources. Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO hailed
the launch of WIPO GOLD as a significant step towards fulfilling one of the strategic goals of WIPO
– that of serving as a world reference source for IP information and analysis.
Israel Joins the International Trademark System of WIPO
Israel’s membership of
International Registration of Marks
operational in Israel on September 1, 2010. The Madrid Protocol offers trademark owners having
a real and effective business presence in one of the member States of the Madrid Protocol a
cost-effective, user-friendly and streamlined means of protecting and managing their trademark
portfolio in other member States of the Protocol.
Member States of WIPO Discuss Key Copyright Issues
Earlier this month, amongst other things,
WIPO’s top copyright
discussed better access to copyright-protected works for the visually impaired
(VIP) and other reading-disabled persons, as well as updating the rights of broadcasting
organizations. The Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), meeting
from June 21-24, 2010 also reviewed the status of discussions on updating the rights of performers
in their audiovisual performances, calling for concrete proposals to advance
negotiations. Delegates noted the progress made in implementing practical measures to
facilitate access to copyright-protected materials by reading-impaired persons. This includes
the ongoing work of the stakeholders’ platform and the recent launch of an on-line forum,
, to broaden awareness and
stimulate debate on this issue.
PCT Member States Agree on Steps to Enhance Benefits of International Patent System for all
Member States of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)of WIPO – a cost-effective mechanism
that facilitates the process of obtaining international patent protection – endorsed a series of
recommendations to enhance the contribution of PCT in improving the quality of granted patents and
to make the international patent system more useful to developing countries. The
recommendations were made by the
PCT Working Group
which met from June 14 to 18, 2010. The recommendations include measures to reduce the
unsustainable backlogs of some 4.2 million unprocessed patent applications around the world and to
improve the quality of granted patents.
Italian Versions of “Making a Mark”, “Looking Good” and “Inventing the Future” Published
Italian Version of “Stitch in Time” Published
Ufficio Italiano Brevetti e March (UIBM)
published the customized version of the WIPO
textile publication entitled, “
Stitch in Time
Israeli Version of “Making a Mark” Published
The Israeli Law firm S. Horowitz & Co published the nationally customized version of the
WIPO publication entitled, “
” into Hebrew.
TRAINING/LEARNING RESOURCES ON IP ASSET MANAGEMENT
of the IP
Department of the Government of Hong Kong has a wide variety of very useful multimedia content on
IP for Business.
of the Danish Patent and Trademark
Office will take some 10 minutes to provide an insight into whether your company gets optimal
returns from its knowledge assets.
Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright
The Library of Congress of the United States of America has used a set of multimedia
presentations to take the
mystery out of
The ABC of Copyright
The revised edition of the UNESCO publication on the
has 89-pages which are written in an easily accessible
SMEs as Patent Applicants in France
SMEs accounted for nearly 20% of the patent applications published by Frenchcorporate bodies
in 2007 via the national route. This proportion is stable compared to the previous 1999 patent
survey. SME patents have advanced by just over 9%, in line with the progress of patents filed
by the entire population of French corporate bodies. Totaling 1,438 in number, SMEs represent
more than half the population of French corporate bodies filing patent applications.
highlights the emergence of an increasingly important category of SMEs, namely the small
SMEs (less than 10 employees) whose prime activity is directly that of research and
Making IPR Work for SMEs
presents the results of a European ‘Best practice project: strengthening the IPR
enforcement of EU industry and SMEs. It draws on the knowledge and experience of a broadly
based group of experts on the management of intellectual property rights. It has nine clear
messages for policy makers and business support organizations concerning improving enforcement of
intellectual property rights by SMEs.
Meet the IP Middle Men
In this new era, we are watching the rise of market-maker intermediaries who seek to make IP a
liquid asset class and, of course, profit from it. Who are these new players? Well, they are
generally referred to as
because they are
neither the IP creators nor the IP consumers (e.g., licensees and purchasers). These intermediary
business models, however, attempt to perform one or more services, or offer one or more products
that connect the IP creators and the IP consumers.
Creating Effective IPR Enforcement Support for SMEs
of the European Commission describes
the steps that can be taken to provide really effective support services to SMEs in their
management and enforcement of intellectual property rights. It is primarily addressed to the
National Patent Offices across Europe and other organizations offering IPR support directly to
SMEs. However, it should also be of interest to economic development organizations and those
concerned with intellectual property and promotion of innovation in a modern economy.
5 Secrets to Collaborate Effectively between Start-ups and Corporations
Science, Technology and Innovation in Europe
an analysis of science, technology and innovation in Europe by looking at the main statistical
indicators in this field. The data and indicators in this publication focus primarily on the 27 EU
Member States and the EFTA countries.
The statistics and indicators presented in this edition are in line with the Lisbon strategy
and the Barcelona objectives. It maps Europe’s recent performance in terms of R&D, innovation,
high-tech industries, knowledge-based services, patenting and human resources in science and
Brave New Firms: High-tech Entrepreneurship in the United States
by Deutsche Bank Research seeks to gain a better understanding of innovative or high-tech
entrepreneurship in the United States of America and to see what other countries can learn from it.
Around 4% of all startups in the USA are founded in high-technology industries. Over the last
decade, the share of high-tech entrepreneurs in the US adult population has trended upwards –
thanks to a steady supply of new ideas in combination with the entrepreneurial spirit to put them
on the market.
Eighth Annual WIPO Forum on Intellectual Property and SMEs for Intellectual Property Offices and
Other Relevant Institutions in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Countries, October 4 and 5, 2010,
Ufficio Italiano Brevetti e Marchi (UIBM), Rome, Italy
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