WIPO SMEs Newsletter June 2012

July 2, 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


EPO and WIPO Sign Agreement to Enhance Co-operation

With the aim of further developing the international patent system to better support innovation in economies around the globe, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have agreed on a comprehensive three-year technical co-operation scheme.
The agreement, signed by EPO President Benoît Battistelli and WIPO Director General Francis Gurry in Munich on May 3, 2012, is the first of its kind between the two institutions, and specifically aims at improving the procedural framework of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) with a view to increasing its use by patent applicants. Moreover, co-operation also focuses on enhancing the quality and efficiency of the patent granting process, including patent classification and searching, and improving access to patent information.

CERN Adopts New Scheme for Easy Access to IP

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has adopted a new approach to knowledge transfer under the label of CERN Easy Access IP, an initiative to make it easier for businesses and entrepreneurs to access intellectual property generated at CERN in the course of its research programs. CERN Easy Access IP involves granting a free license for selected technologies from CERN’s portfolio..

Focus on User Needs is IP5 Heads Main Priority

At EPO's invitation, the Heads of the world's five largest intellectual property offices ("IP5") met in Europe on June 6, 2012 to take stock of the progress achieved since the launch of the IP5 cooperation in 2007 and explore ways of further optimizing their joint efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of the examination process for patents worldwide. These Offices, together, handle nearly 90% of the world's patent applications.
The IP5 Heads of Offices also met with industry representatives from their respective regions. At this high-level meeting, - the first of its kind - they sought input from users on their needs concerning the orientation of the IP5 cooperation. Responding to the views put forward by industry, the five Heads expressed their common conviction that the focus of future IP5 initiatives should be even more user-directed.

Colombia Joins the International Trademark System

Colombia became the 87th member of the international trademark system following the deposit of its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks by Vice President Angelino Garzón with WIPO Director General Francis Gurry on May 29, 2012. The treaty will enter into force with respect to Colombia, on August 29, 2012.  


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.

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

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) are jointly offering the Annual KIPO-WIPO-KAIST-KIPA Advanced International Certificate Course on Intellectual Property Rights and Business, which is based on the IP PANORAMA multimedia toolkit. Registration to the 3rd online session of the International Certificate Course will be open from June 18 to 29, 2012.
200 participants would be selected on a first-come-first-served basis.
Please see the following link for more information:


Make Research Work for Your Company  

This guide, published under the “USEandDIFFUSE” project of the European Commission, provides small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as universities, institutes and other research technology development organizations (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.

Enhancing Innovation Capability and Business Opportunities: Cases of SME-Oriented Applied Research  

This paper presents the main research results of collaboration projects involving an applied research team and SMEs. More than 50 companies participated in these projects, and the companies were mainly production-oriented SMEs. The applied research projects were conducted in the areas of robotics, simulation and wireless automation. The main results of the projects are analyzed from the perspectives of innovation capability and business potential. The aim of the study is to explore what business opportunities have risen from the collaborative research projects of SMEs and an applied research team, and how this collaboration has enhanced the innovation capability of the two parties.

How to Draft a Collaborative Research Agreement  

A collaborative research agreement has five major parts: (1) statement of objectives, (2) statement of work, (3) general provisions, (4) budget, and (5) list of materials. This article provides a step-by-step discussion of the issues that need to be addressed in each part of the agreement, emphasizing the importance of crafting an agreement that is mutually beneficial and, above all, clearly written.

Benchmarking National and Regional Support Services for SMEs in the Field of Intellectual and Industrial Property  

This study, which was commissioned by the European Commission, is to identify, analyze, classify and benchmark support services for SMEs in the area of intellectual property rights (IPR) as provided in the EU-27, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Turkey and in a number of non-European countries (USA, Canada, Japan, and Australia). The project was designed as a comparative benchmarking analysis focused on the efficiency and effectiveness of public-funded support services aiming at assisting SMEs on IPR issues.

Study on the Patent Exploitation and Management - JPO  

This research aimed at arriving at a best practice model for patent exploitation and management for Japanese SMEs and venture companies using the best practices of large companies, and successful IP-active SMEs as benchmarks. SMEs and venture companies can use this research result as a guideline for efficiently managing IP so as to better use the IP system for their business success.


WIPO Arbitration Workshop, October 18-19, 2012 (Singapore) 

Arbitration is a procedure in which a dispute is submitted, by agreement of the parties, to one or more arbitrators who make a binding decision on the dispute.  In choosing arbitration, the parties opt for a private dispute resolution procedure instead of going to court.  The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center will offer an Arbitration Workshop in Singapore, on Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19, 2012.  This Workshop will provide intensive basic training of a practical nature for party representatives in arbitration and for arbitrators, as well as others wishing to familiarize themselves with the international arbitration process.  The training, which will be conducted by experienced international arbitrators, will focus on the main principles of international commercial arbitration law and practice, with particular reference to the practical application of the WIPO Arbitration and Expedited Arbitration Rules in intellectual property and technology disputes.  
Further information is available at http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/events/


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