WIPO SMEs Newsletter May 2012

June 5, 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


World Intellectual Property Day 2012 Celebrates Visionary Innovators  

This year’s World Intellectual Property Day on April 26 celebrated visionary innovators - individuals whose ingenuity and artistry have broken molds, opened new horizons and made a lasting impact.  Across the world, intellectual property (IP) Offices, associations, businesses and technology institutions and students organized numerous activities to mark the day, including competitions, exhibitions and public discussions.
In his World IP Day message, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry described a visionary innovator as someone whose innovations have transformed our lives and, at times, the way society operates. In the arts, he noted, innovation revolves around new ways of seeing things. “A visionary artist or a composer or a writer is able to show us a different way, a new way of looking at the world,” Mr. Gurry said.
WIPO’s member states initiated World IP Day in 2000 to raise public awareness about the role of IP in daily life, and to celebrate the contribution made by innovators and creators to the development of societies across the globe. World IP Day is celebrated annually on April 26, the date on which the Convention establishing WIPO entered into force in 1970.

Invitation to the launch of the GLOBAL INNOVATION INDEX 2012, Geneva, July 3, 2012 

On behalf of Mr. Francis Gurry, the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Soumitra Dutta, Roland Berger Professor of Business and Technology, INSEAD; we have the honor to invite you to this year’s launch of the Global Innovation Index at WIPO headquarters on July 3, 2012, at 10.45 a.m.  
The full program of the Launch is available on the WIPO webpage. The discussion will focus on the theme of “Stronger Innovation Linkages to Reboot Global Growth”, with an emphasis on the changing geography and best practices for innovation policy in the context of a prolonged economic crisis.  
Speakers will include, among others, Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), India, Mohammed Al-Suwaiyel, President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology KACST, Saudi Arabia, Werner J. Bauer, Executive Vice President, Executive Board and Chief Technology Officer (Head of Innovation, Technology, Research and Development), Nestlé S.A., Switzerland, Jeong Kim, President of Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, United States of America and Sibusiso Sibisi, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation, South Africa
Please register here to attend. Places are limited and will be attributed on a first come first serve basis. 

WIPO and UNIDO Agree to Strengthen Cooperation Activities  

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry met on April 12, 2012 UNIDO Director General Kandeh Yumkella to discuss the strengthening of cooperation between the two organizations in areas relating to science and technology, innovation promotion, private sector development and trade capacity building.Mr. Gurry and Mr. Yumkella agreed that the two organizations should collaborate on activities to support the strengthening of capacity in developing countries to use science, technology and innovation in addressing key development challenges in areas such as agriculture, oceans, energy, water and public health.  

Scheme to support International Patent Protection by SMEs and Technology Start up Units launched  

The Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the Government of India have started a scheme to provide financial support to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) and Technology Start-Up units for international patent filing. For more information see the link

Record International Trademark Filings in 2011  

2011 saw the highest number of international trademark applications ever filed under WIPO’s Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks (“Madrid system”) with 42,270 applications, or a 6.5 % increase compared to 2010. Applications from the member states of the European Union (EU) accounted for more than half (57.4%) of all international trademark applications, and China remained the most designated country for trademark protection.


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 indicating the purpose for which the CD-ROM would be used.

Deadline for Applications for 2nd Session of Step 1 of the 3rd Annual KIPO-WIPO-KAIST-KIPA Advanced International Certificate Course on IPRs & Business in English  

May 20, 2012 was the deadline for applications for the 2nd session of Step 1 of the 3rd Annual KIPO-WIPO-KAIST-KIPA Advanced International Certificate Course on IPRs & Business, which is based on the IP PANORAMA multimedia toolkit and which is jointly organized by the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and the Korea Invention Promotion Association (KIPA).
200 participants would be selected on a first-come-first-served basis.
Please see the following links for more information:



From Ideas to Growth: Helping SMEs Get Value from Their Intellectual Property  


Research for SMEs and Research for SME Associations at a Glance   

Research for SMEs and Research for SME Associations are two dedicated initiatives of the European Commission to strengthen the innovative capacities of SMEs by providing the support they need to outsource research critical to their core business. This brochure conveniently spells out how these initiatives are designed, and explains in plain terms how the funding model works in practice.

A Study Report on Technology Branding in SMEs  

This report issued by Indian Institute of Foreign Trade explores the issues, challenges and the road ahead for branding in technology based SME’s in India. The report has been developed based on in-depth analysis of two sectors (auto components and textiles) after a pilot study done across five sectors (auto components, textiles, electrical & electronics, software and hardware).

SME Tailor-designed Patent Portfolio Analysis 

The Innovation and Patent-Centre at the Chamber of Commerce in Hamburg, a German think tank for patent management, developed a tool specially suited for SMEs. This article describes the methodology of the tool and compares it to other state-of-the-art tools. The tool gives an easy-to-understand overview for personnel with different professional backgrounds and facilitates strategic cross-functional discussions.

The Impact of the Patent System on SMEs  

Drawing on UK, European and US literature and data sources, this paper shows that small firms are less likely to use patents as a means of protecting their investment than other means such as confidentiality, secrecy or time to market. SMEs are also less likely than larger firms to use others’ patents as a source of information for their own innovative activities, preferring customers, suppliers and trade fairs. Conversely, smaller firms are more likely than larger firms to put their patents to productive use or to license out their technology, a pattern that is likely to reflect relatively higher cost and capacity pressures.


Korea International Women’s Invention Exposition 2012  

The 5th Korea International Women’s Invention Exposition (KIWIE) was 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 participated in KIWIE 2012. Parallel to this event, the Korea International Women’s Invention Forum was held on May 3, 2012. The International Workshop for Women Inventors and Entrepreneurs was organized back to back with KIWIE from May 7 to 10, 2012 at Ewha Womans University, Seoul. For more information on KIWIE 2012, please go to its website at www.kiwie.or.kr.  



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