WIPO SMEs Newsletter April 2012

April 26, 2012


By the SMEs Section 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 Section, please visit http://www.wipo.int/sme.



WIPO on Social Media 

WIPO has launched official presences on the micro-blogging service Twitter, the photo-sharing platform Flickr and the publications-sharing platform Scribd.  Follow WIPO on Twitter for the latest news, and information on events and activities.  Visit our Flickr page to view photos of people we work with, our events and activities.  Discover our latest and most requested publications on Scribd.  You can also visit us on Facebook where we celebrate World IP Day every spring and view video documentaries, interviews, news and even cartoons on the WIPO YouTube Channel.

Users Survey on Industrial Design Registration Procedures 

In the framework of the SCT, WIPO Members are considering a number of changes to the registration procedures of industrial designs, aiming at simplifying these procedures at an international level.
In this context, WIPO is currently seeking the views of users of the design registration system on the potential benefits and costs of the proposed changes. To that end, a questionnaire is available online at the following address:
Users are invited to reply online by May 11, 2012.
It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete the questionnaire. If you have any questions, please write to sct.forum@wipo.int.
WIPO thanks all responding users for their time and cooperation.

International Patent Filings Set New Record in 2011 

Despite difficult economic conditions, international patent filings under the WIPO-administered Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) set a new record in 2011 with 181,900 applications – a growth of 10.7% on 2010 and the fastest growth since 2005. China, Japan and the United States of America (US) accounted for 82% of the total growth. Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corporation was the biggest filer of PCT applications in 2011.Among the top filing countries, PCT applications from China (+33.4%), Japan (+21%), Canada (+8.3%), the Republic of Korea (+8%) and the US (+8%) saw the fastest growth in 2011.

International Conference on New Treaty to Improve Actors and other Performers’ Rights – Media Accreditation Now Open 

Journalists wishing to cover an international conference to improve the rights of actors and other performers, which will be convened by WIPO in Beijing from June 20 to 26, 2012 are invited to apply for media accreditation.  The Diplomatic Conference on the Protection of Audiovisual Performances, hosted by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, is expected to conclude a new international treaty on the rights of performers in the international exploitation of their audiovisual performances in the digital era.  Journalists wishing to cover the conference are requested to submit an accreditation form, with the supporting documents by April 20, 2012. For more information on the conference media accreditation please see www.wipo.int/dc2012.

World Intellectual Property Day 

On World IP Day this year (April 26, 2012), we will celebrate visionary innovators.
Behind every great innovation, either artistic or technological, is a human story – a tale in which new pathways open as a result of the curiosity, insight or determination of individuals. The Wright Brothers’ boyhood fascination with flight led to a flying machine and travel by air. Louis Pasteur’s inquisitive mind advanced the science of disease prevention. Steve Jobs’ ambition to make digital technology simple and accessible to everyone gave rise to personal computing and – three decades on – a new paradigm for the delivery of entertainment.
Join us on the World IP Day Facebook pageto share your thoughts about the innovators that inspire you.  Please tell us about an innovation that has improved your life, a visionary inventor or creator whom you admire or an innovator in your community who has made a difference.

WIPO Prepares for Launch of New gTLDs while Cybersquatting Cases Continued to Rise  

In 2011, trademark holders filed a record 2,764 cybersquatting cases covering 4,781 domain names with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (WIPO Center) under procedures based on the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), an increase of 2.5% and 9.4% over the previous highest levels in 2010 and 2009, respectively. Meanwhile, with plans by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for an expansion in the number of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) underway in 2012, the WIPO Center recently rolled out resources for pre-emptive measures to prevent the abusive use of trademarks as gTLDs.

Sri Lankan Translated Versions of the IP for Business guide, “Making a Mark” Published in Sinhalese and Tamil   

The National IP Office of Sri Lanka with the support of WIPO published the IP for business guide entitled, Making a Mark (Sinhalese version, Tamil version).

Customized Versions from the Camera di Commercio Italo-Argentina-CaCIA of the WIPO ITC guide, “ Exchanging Value - Negotiating Technology Licensing Agreements - A Training Manual” now available on the SMEs Website  

Camera di Commercio Italo-Argentina-CaCIA has published in Italianand Spanishcustomized versions of the guide.

Customized Versions from the Camera di Commercio Italo-Argentina-CaCIA of the WIPO ITC guide, “ Marketing Crafts and Visual Arts: The Role of Intellectual Property: A practical guide” 

Camera di Commercio Italo-Argentina-CaCIA has published in Italianand Spanishcustomized versions of the guide.

Customized Versions from the Camera di Commercio Italo-Argentina-CaCIA of the WIPO ITC guide, “ Secrets of Intellectual Property: A Guide for Small and Medium-sized Exporters” 

Camera di Commercio Italo-Argentina-CaCIA has published in Italianand Spanishcustomized versions of the guide.

Customized Versions from the Camera di Commercio Italo-Argentina-CaCIA of the WIPO Textile guide, “Stitch in Time” now available on the SMEs Website 

Camera di Commercio Italo-Argentina-CaCIA has published in Italianand Spanishcustomized versions of the guide.

Customized Versions from the Camera di Commercio Italo-Argentina-CaCIA of the WIPO ICC guide, “ Making IP Work for Business” 

Camera di Commercio Italo-Argentina-CaCIA has published in Italianand Spanishcustomized versions of the guide.

Training/Learning Resources on IP Asset Management 

General Information on Training of Trainers Program, the SMEs Section, WIPO 

The SMEs Section 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 Section. 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 pages at http://www.wipo.int/sme/en/multimedia/ and http://www.ippanorama.com/. CD-ROMs of the English, Arabic, French and Spanish 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.

3 rd Annual KIPO-WIPO-KAIST-KIPA Advanced International Certificate Course Based on IP PANORAMA TM Multimedia Toolkit in English  

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and the Korea Invention Promotion Association (KIPA) are jointly offering the advanced international certificate course on IP Asset Management for business success based on IP PANORAMA TM Multimedia toolkit in English. This course consists of the following three components: Step 1) online course; Step 2) IP essay test; and Step 3) offline program.


Open Innovation – The Dutch Treat:  Challenges in Thinking in Business Models 

This article covers the subject of the practical application of the principles of open innovation in Dutch industry. Open innovation is considered to be the third stage in evolving systems for innovation management. The results of the study showed that innovative Dutch companies have successfully adopted the principles of open innovation regarding open innovation culture and importing mechanisms. Some challenges are found in the use of exporting mechanisms; but the biggest challenges for innovative Dutch companies lie in the flexible and open way of handling their business models.

IP Management Quick Scan 

Most companies develop intellectual property for their own use. In this situation, the ultimate success and value of a specific piece of IP ends up depending on the success of the business supporting it. This QuickScan allows you to test the strength of the business resources that your organization intends to use to exploit your IP.

Intellectual Property (IP) Case Studies: A Teaching Tool for Post-Secondary Institutions 

The IP Case Studies are teaching tools that demonstrate the strategic value of IP to college and university students. Since the launch of the IP Case Studies project in September 2009, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has successfully delivered sessions at more than 70 post-secondary institutions across Canada.

£750,000 Boost for Turning Ideas into Business Reality 

Thirteen of the UK's most innovative Universities were awarded more than £750,000 in the 2012 Fast Forward Competition to support outstanding projects that are helping to develop new ideas from the drawing board into the market place. Baroness Wilcox, Intellectual Property Minister, made awards to projects, including the 1000mph Bloodhound world land speed record team, that are helping to turn the UK's 'intellectual property' into economic prosperity.

Traps of Branding 

The Joe Loser story is a part of the book: The Mark of Success, which was recently published by Georg Pintz who is the managing attorney of the Georg Pintz & PartnersPatent, Trademark and Law Office and editor of “trademark.eu” website, the largest English language trade mark portal of the European Union.

Make Research Work for Your Company 

This guide is intended to provide Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), as well as Universities, Institutes and other Research Technology Development organisations (RTDs) with practical, useful and easy to follow advice on how to maximize the impact of Research and Development projects involving SMEs by ensuring that the results are effectively used and disseminated. 

Forthcoming Events 

Korea International Women’s Invention Exposition 2012  

The 5th Korea International Women’s Invention Exposition (KIWIE) will be held at the COEX in Seoul, Korea from May 3 to 6, 2012 under the auspices of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Korea Intellectual Property Office (KIPO). Some 500 women creators, inventors and entrepreneurs of SMEs from some 31 countries around the world are expected to participate in KIWIE 2012. Parallel to this event, the Korea International Women’s Invention Forum will be held on May 3, 2012. The International Workshop for Women Inventors and Entrepreneurs will be organized back to back with KIWIE from May 7 to 10, 2012 at Ewha Womans University, Seoul. For more information on KIWIE 2012, and to register, please go to its website at www.kiwie.or.kr.

ip4inno Virtual Classroom Lessons (VCLs) from the EPO  

The European Patent Office (EPO) is offering four free ip4inno VCLs over the internet starting next month as a prelude to four 2-day workshops later in the year. These interactive internet tutorials introduce just a taster from the twenty-one modules which cover much more than simply "how to register rights", but rather discuss the business context in which IP can be commercialised. Other modules on IP licensing, valuation, financing and enforcement provide a complete picture of the role IP plays in protecting and encouraging innovation. For more information on our VCLs, and to register, please go to the homepage: ip4inno homepage .



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