WIPO SMEs Newsletter January 2012

January 11, 2012


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


Release of the French and Spanish IP PANORAMA

Both the French and the Spanish versions of the first ten modules of IP PANORAMA TM multimedia toolkit which were developed jointly by the WIPO, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and the Korea Invention Promotion (KIPA) has been recently released to the public. The French and Spanish versions are available via online at http://www.ippanorama.com./  and http://www.wipo.int/sme/en/multimedia/.
CD-ROMs of the French and Spanish versions are currently distributed free of charge for non-commercial purposes to the public via WIPO upon request. Anyone who wants to receive the CD-ROMs may contact the SMEs Division of WIPO by email at sme.mail@wipo.int or anuradha.madhavan@wipo.int

Accession by the Republic of Vanuatu

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) presents his compliments to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and has the honor to notify the deposit by the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu, on December 2, 2011, of its instrument of accession to the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO Convention), signed at Stockholm on July 14, 1967, and as amended on September 28, 1979. The said Convention will enter into force, with respect to the Republic of Vanuatu, on March 2, 2012.

WIPO Re: Search, A New Consortium of Public and Private Sector Organizations, Drives Research and Development Partnerships with Neglected Tropical Disease Researchers

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in an unprecedented collaboration with leading pharmaceutical companies and BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH), launched today WIPO Re: Search, a new consortium where public and private sector organizations share valuable intellectual property (IP) and expertise with the global health research community to promote development of new drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics to treat neglected tropical diseases, malaria, and tuberculosis.

WIPO to Assist Egypt in Establishing an IP Academy 

WIPO will support Egypt in establishing an institute that is dedicated to the teaching of intellectual property (IP). A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on October 26, 2011, by Ambassador Hisham Badr, Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations office in Geneva, and WIPO Director General Francis Gurry that outlines the areas of collaboration. The MoU was signed in the presence of Ambassador Ahmed Fatah Allah, First Undersecretary of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

WIPO-SNU MIP Program Jointly Developed by the WIPO and Seoul National University (SNU) in collaboration with the Korea Intellectual Property Office (KIPO)

The Program is composed of one year (two regular semesters and one summer program) of teaching sessions at SNU plus one year (two additional regular semesters) of thesis-writing sessions at home. 
The WIPO offers scholarships covering tuition and the SNU Center for Law & Technology will offer scholarships covering all or part of non-tuition costs, such as lodge and board.
For more information on the WIPO-SNU MIP Program, please visit their website at http://www.wipo-snu.or.kr. Potential applicants are welcome to ask any questions via email at dmswnekd11@snu.ac.kr. Please see the following documents for more information:
For more information and admission, please refer to the following documents:  
  1. Introduction Letter
  2. WIPO-SNU MIP Brochure
  3. Admission Guide for International students
  4. Form 1: Application for Admission
  5. Form 2: Personal Statement and Study Plan
  6. Form 3: Recommendation
  7. Form 4: Financial Certification
  8. Form 5: Permission of Inquiry of Entry & Exit Records
  9. Form 5: (In Chinese)

Customized Version from Slovakia of the IP for Business guide, “Making a Mark” Published    

The Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic has published in Slovak the nationally customized version of the WIPO guides entitled, “ Making a Mark”.  


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, French, Spanish, 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 sme@wipo.int , providing the full postal address, including telephone number, and indicate the purpose for which the CD-ROM would be used. 


IP Australia - Raising Awareness about IP 

IP Australia has taken an active role in raising awareness and educating SMEs about the importance of the intellectual property (IP) system. Its main activities in this area include: Reader-friendly publications; Easy-to-use resources ; Preparation of SME case studies; Practical Information on the IP Australia website; and Seminars for SMEs.

Why Thai SMEs do not register for IPRs?: A Cost-Benefit Comparison and Public Policies  

The Thai business sector, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs) usually lack the understanding of how intellectual property constitutes competitive advantage. It has been found that SMEs are threatened to lose their stand in the international trade platform.
As witnessed, a large number of Thai SMEs do not apply for intellectual property protection. Clarifying why the Thai SME do not register intellectual property based on a cost and benefit analysis, this paper proposes several policy recommendations as to strategic management of intellectual property, how to drive performance at a policy level, and the role of other agencies relevant to SME intellectual property in Thailand.

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. When peasant and indigenous producer organizations decide to participate in the marketplace with a product that is not generic, GIs can be useful in developing and consolidating a differentiated geographical identity and a reputation, building quality systems and providing governance to value chains based on local biological resources and traditional and innovative knowledge and practices. Challenges and opportunities facing small producers from developing and transformation countries are identified, based on the experience of two dozen GI cases from all continents.

Case Study:  Protection of Geographical Indication in India – Case Study on ‘Darjeeling Tea’  

India has put in place a sui generis system of protection for GI with enactment of a law exclusively dealing with protection of GIs. The legislations which deals with protection of GI’s in India are ‘The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration & Protection) Act, 1999’ (GI Act), and the ‘Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Rules, 2002 (GI Rules). ‘Darjeeling’ tea is a premium quality tea produced in the hilly regions of the Darjeeling district West Bengal—a state in the eastern province of India. This paper provides current status of protecting ‘ Darjeeling’ tea as GI in India.

Licensing Intellectual Property – Intellectual Property Office of U.K.  

This booklet is designed to give an understanding of the potential benefits licensing intellectual property offers your business. It contains an introduction to the concept of licensing intellectual property; gives an explanation of why businesses grant and take licenses of intellectual property; sets out a checklist of the most common issues which you should consider before entering into any license agreement; provides a list of other resources for those who want to learn more about licensing; and provides a list of useful contacts.  





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