WIPO SMEs Newsletter November 2011
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.
Official Launch of the French and Spanish Versions of the IP PANORAMA TM Multimedia Toolkit
The French and Spanish versions of the IP PANORAMA TM multimedia toolkit which have been created in cooperation with the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) were officially released at two ceremonial regional events which were held, respectively, in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 12, 2011 (Spanish) and in Libreville, Gabon on October 17, 2011 (French). These events were jointly organized in cooperation with the local partners including the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) of the Argentine Republic and l’Organisation africaine de la propriété intellectuelle (OAPI).
The French and Spanish versions of the IP PANORAMATM multimedia toolkit are currently available at http://www.ippanorama.com/. The official versions will be soon accessible also at http://www.wipo.int/sme/en/multimedia/ and CD-ROMs of these versions will be also available on request soon.
WIPO Assemblies Provide Direction for Future Work, Director General Welcomes Positive Engagement of Member States on Substantive Issues
Representatives of WIPO’s 184 member states, meeting at their annual Assembliesin Geneva from September 26 to October 5, 2011 took a landmark decision to call a diplomatic conference to agree an international treaty on the rights of performers in their audiovisual performances. They took stock of the Organization’s substantive work over the last year, provided direction for the future work program, and approved a program and budget for the Organization for the next biennium (2012/13). WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said this year’s Assemblies were characterized by a remarkable spirit of engagement and commitment by member states to address the pressing intellectual property (IP) issues on the global agenda and hoped this would continue.
WIPO Member States Advance Toward Treaty to Protect Audiovisual Performances
WIPO Director General Francis Gurry welcomed a decision today by WIPO’s General Assembly to convene a diplomatic conference in 2012 to agree an international treaty on the rights of performers in their audiovisual performances. The convening of a diplomatic conference signals entry into the final phase of treaty negotiations. The diplomatic conference will be convened in 2012 and will continue the work of the meeting in 2000. It will be held in Geneva, unless the preparatory committee, which meets in November, decides to accept a proposal by a member state to host the event.
USPTO Request for Comments concerning a Study International Patent Protection for Small Businesses
Pursuant to the new America InventsAct (AIA), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is required to carry out a study to determine how the USPTO can best help small businesses with international patent protection. It has issued a request for comments on how to address this issue and whether a revolving fund loan program or a grant program should be established to pay for the costs of filing, maintaining, and enforcing international patent protection. The deadline for receipt of written comments for consideration by the USPTO is November 8, 2011.(http://www.uspto.gov/aia_implementation/international-patent-protection-small-business-study-frn10711.pdf).
Chamber Trust Gold
“Chamber Trust Gold” is an internationally standardized CSR-commitment for companies, performed and yearly audited at the local Chamber of Commerce, and coordinated and monitored globally by the ICC-World Chambers Federation. Good business conduct is a cornerstone of a prospering business community/civilization. Chamber Trust Gold´s objective is therefore to acknowledge and promote companies that practice high business ethics and good corporate governance. High business ethics is a competitive advantage, which has to be proven over time. Chamber Trust Gold is an independent initiative that can make this quality known – instantly. Chamber Trust Gold is part of the Chamber Trust initiative, a service that benefits of the exposure of the existing World Chambers Network, the only official portal of 12,000 Chambers of commerce worldwide.
Customized Versions from the Camera di Commercio Italo-Argentina-CaCIA of the four IP for Business guides, “Making a Mark,” “Looking Good,” “Inventing the Future” and “Creative Expression” Published
Camera di Commercio Italo-Argentina-CaCIA has published in Italian and Spanish customized versions of four WIPO guides entitled, “ Making a Mark,” “Looking Good,” “Inventing the Future” and “Creative Expression.” These guides will be available on the SMEs Division’s website by the end of the week.
TRAINING/LEARNING RESOURCES ON IP ASSET MANAGEMENT
Lecture on IPR Benefits: Video Clip
To watch this video clip, please click here.
General Information on Training of Trainers Program, the SMEs Division, WIPO
The SMEs Division of WIPO supports the organization of national Training of Trainers (TOT) Programs in countries that have translated and/or adapted the basic materials on IP for Business published by the Division. The objective of the TOTs is to create a critical mass of trainers in the country with enough knowledge and skills to provide assistance to SMEs on effective IP asset management at a basic level. For more details, please see here.
IP PANORAMA TM Multimedia Toolkit
The IP PANORAMA ™ multimedia toolkit is now available in English, Arabic, Hungarian, Vietnamese and Thai versions on or through the SMEs Division’s website. CD-ROMs of the English and Arabic versions are also available on request. Anyone interested in receiving a free copy of the CD-ROM may email email@example.com , providing the full postal address, including telephone number, and indicate the purpose for which the CD-ROM would be used.
Intellectual Asset Management for Universities
The creation and dissemination of knowledge is at the heart of every university activity. The challenge is in realizing how this knowledge can best be utilized as an asset that can provide the maximum value to the economy, society and the university itself. This Guide is for vice-chancellors, senior decision makers and senior managers in universities and is intended to help them set strategies to optimize the benefits from the intellectual assets created by their staff and students.
Introduction to Competitive Intelligence
Competitive intelligence can be defined as knowledge and foreknowledge about the external operating environment. The ultimate goal of each intelligence process is to facilitate decision-making that leads to action.
Understanding Competitive Intelligence
Trade secret is a key area of IPR that is generally not well understood and, therefore, the importance of taking rigorous practical measures to prevent misuse or loss of trade secrets is not appreciated in its true sense by many otherwise smart companies or businesses. Keeping secrets in manufacturing industries or any business for that matter is important, if such secrets provide a competitive edge to its owner.
Relevance of Geographical Indications and Designations of Origin for the Sustainable Use of Genetic Resources
This study provides a worldwide panorama of current trends in Geographical Indications (GIs) as they relate to biodiversity conservation and rural development, and their potential contributions to poverty, hunger alleviation and environmental goals.
The Socio-Economics of Geographical Indications
The inclusion of geographical indications (GIs), itself a new category of intellectual property rights, within the ambit of the TRIPs Agreement is well-appreciated as signifying the negotiating success of the European Union. This paper collates and critically reviews evidence on GIs from several European case studies.
Strategy: Intellectual property, Using your assets strategically
Most businesses know that intellectual property (IP) is important; but many are not really sure how to make the most of it. Yet a comprehensive IP strategy affects just about every aspect of a company’s day-to-day business, says Jackie Maguire, CEO of Coller IP. See further
High-Level Symposium on Global Health Diplomacy
Seminar on the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is organizing a Seminar on the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks, at WIPO Headquarters, in Geneva, on November 24 and 25, 2011. The Seminar will be held in English. The Seminar will cover all aspects of the international registration procedure and relevant administrative and legal questions will be dealt with in detail.
8th WTA Hi-tech Fair (16-18 November 2011) and the UNESCO-WTA International Training Workshop (16-19 November 2011), Daejeon, Republic of Korea
WIPO Executive Program on Strategic Intellectual Property Management, Singapore, November 9 to 11, 2011
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