WIPO SMEs Newsletter August 2010

August 31, 2010

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 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.


Uruguayan Version of “Looking Good” Published      

The Dirección Nacional de la Propiedad Industrial (DNPI) published the nationally customized version of the WIPO publication entitled, “ Looking Good” on Industrial Design.   


IP PANORAMA™ Multimedia Toolkit  

The IP PANORAMA multimedia toolkit is now available in English, Arabic and Thai through the SMEs Division’s website. The English and Arabic ones are also available on CD-ROM on request. The learning points (in English) of the IP PANORAMA multimedia toolkit have recently been uploaded as pdf format files on the website, which are also available in a separate book. Anyone interested in receiving a free copy of the CD-ROM and/or book containing the learning points may send an email to sme@wipo.int providing full postal address, including telephone number, and the purpose for which the CD-ROM/book would be used.  

European Patent Office Looking for Creators for Developing New Training Materials on IP for SMEs  

Earlier this year, the European Patent Office (EPO) had invited former project partners and other experts who had not previously been involved to contribute to the revision of existing training modules and develop new materials under the ip4inno project. The training materials on IP strategies are meant for business advisors, technology transfer professionals and other intermediaries who support SMEs and others to excel at innovation. Work on many of the revised or new materials has been proceeding this summer, and the EPO expects to have over fifty teaching hours of material by the end of October 2010. However, EPO is still looking for creators for a handful of modules, concerned with (i) business planning with IP and (ii) IP enforcement. If you would like to bid to create these teaching materials, or know of other suitable experts, please look at the homepage of the project website for more information at www.ip4inno.eu .  The deadline to bid to create these modules is 21 September 2010. 

Copyright for Librarians  

Copyright for Librarians is a joint project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL), a consortium of libraries from 50 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. The project seeks to provide librarians in developing and transitional countries with practical information concerning copyright law. 


On Sharks, Trolls and their Patent Prey  

In this paper, Markus Reitzig et. al. analyze why patent trolls can operate profitably, why they are of growing concern, how manufacturers can forearm themselves against them, and which issues policy makers need to address, by mapping international indemnification rules with strategic rationales of small patent-holding firms and large manufacturers within a theoretical model. They argue that the courts’ unrealistic consideration of the trade-offs faced by inadvertent infringers is a central condition for sharks to operate profitably.

Comparison of Statistical Quality Indicators of Patents in CAFC Decisions Before and After KSR V. Teleflex 

This study analyzes, by using computer modeling, changes in patent quality indicators between two sample groups of patents: (a) patents in cases decided by the Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit (CAFC) during 2006, and (b) patents decided by the CAFC during the first nine months following the Supreme Court decision in KSR v. Teleflex. It suggests that overall quality of patents in CAFC decisions following KSR has increased, as illustrated by the high number of indices positively correlating to trends in CAFC decisions.

Moral Exclusions in European Biotechnology Patent Law  

The purpose of this paper is to discover the scope of the moral exclusion in the Human, Animal and Plant fields of biotechnology patent law and to discuss the problems regarding the specified moral exclusions found in Article 6(2) of the European Biotech Directive. The analysis shows that the scope of moral exclusion differs between these fields and that there is a more narrow moral protection for plant inventions. The broadest protection is found concerning human related inventions. The analysis also shows that the scope of human moral exclusion is quite uncertain in view of various interpretations in this field.

Where Do High Tech Commercial Innovations Come From? 

It is a transcript of Mr. Branscomb’s lecture delivered at the Duke Law School in the USA. It discusses various models for turning basic scientific inventions into high-tech innovations and highlighted the roles that universities, private investors, and intellectual property law play in each model. Mr. Branscomb concludes that this intermediary process is the most important step in getting high-tech innovations to market. 

Futures Lab: How do you protect your algorithms?  


Intellectual Property in Hedge Fund Land – The Limits of Intellectual Property  


IP Training Raising the Bar in Education for Small Business 



Eighth Anual 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 

The World Intellectual Property Organization is organizing, in collaboration with the Ufficio Italiano Brevetti e Marchi (UIBM), the Eight Annual Forum on Intellectual Property and SMEs for IP Offices and relevant institutions in the member countries of the OECD. The Forum will be held at UIBM, Rome, on October 4 and 5, 2010.
The Forum is a key event for IP Offices and relevant institutions to discuss and share experiences on the effective use of the IP system by innovators, creators, entrepreneurs and SMEs. The aim of the Forum is to provide an open and interactive platform to raise questions and to share experiences and views on matters concerning intellectual property for industry and business; in particular, the participants will discuss:
  • IP related key issues relevant to entrepreneurship and competitiveness of SMEs;
  • Share experiences on their outreach activities, special programs, services and products, and best practices on IP for innovators, creators, entrepreneurs and SMEs;
  • Explore possibilities of cooperation and partnership in the outreach and marketing activities for greater and more effective use of the IP system for wealth creation. 
The Forum is open only to Intellectual Property Offices and relevant SME support and financing Institutions in the OECD Countries. Participants, or their sponsoring institutions, will have to finance fully their travel and accommodation costs. Those interested in participating may contact Mr. Marco Marzano de Marinis, SMEs Division, WIPO (e-mail: marco.marzano@wipo.int).

Autumn workshops from the EPO - with all new material!

The EPO will be running four workshops this autumn, each with a different program using four or more of the twenty ip4inno modules, on topics ranging from IP commercialization, licensing, valuation and financing topics; patent information; and IP enforcement.  

For more information on the workshops and their different programs, please follow these links:     

Attendance costs just 200€ for each 2-day workshop - but places are limited to just 20 seats per workshop.  


Third WIPO-KIPO-KWIA Korea International Women’s Invention Forum 2010 (Seoul, Republic of Korea, May 7, 2010)
National Workshop on IP Management in Business for SMEs (Lagos, Nigeria, June 17 and 18, 2010
Training of Trainers Program on IP Asset Management (IIPM) by Entrepreneurs, Micro-enterprises and SMEs (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, August 3 to 5, 2010)



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