WIPO SMEs Newsletter October 2012

November 14, 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 Assemblies Agree Roadmaps for New International Instruments

The 50 th session of Assemblies of WIPO member states reached a breakthrough decision on how to complete negotiations on a pact to improve access to copyrighted works for the many visually impaired or print disabled people around the world.
Member states also agreed a work program for the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) for 2013. The IGC will continue intensive negotiations to ensure effective protection of genetic resources (GRs), traditional knowledge (TK) and traditional cultural expressions/expressions of folklore (TCEs).
In another significant decision, WIPO’s 185 member states agreed to expedite work towards a design law treaty to develop simplified standards for industrial design registration procedures.
The WIPO Assemblies, which met from October 1-9, 2012, took stock of the Organization’s substantive work over the last year, and provided direction for the future work program. At the closing of the Assemblies, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry welcomed the “extremely constructive engagement of member states” in the work of the Organization as demonstrated in the decisions taken by the Assemblies. He underlined the progress made by member states in setting timetables for concluding negotiations on international instruments on access to copyrighted work by the visually impaired, design law and intellectual property and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore.  Read More

In Good Company, Managing Intellectual Property Issues in Franchising

WIPO has just published a new guide “ In Good Company, Managing Intellectual Property Issues in Franchising”.  This publication is available for free download from our website. Print copies may be ordered from the WIPO bookshop. 
At the heart of franchising is the licensing of intellectual property in conjunction with a proven business model.   Given that franchising is one of the fastest and most popular means of business expansion, this publication is a timely and useful complement to WIPO’s existing line of publications designed to increase understanding of how the intellectual property system is integral to business competitiveness.
The guide takes the reader through the various phases of the franchise process: preparation; the franchise agreement; the management of a franchise, and, finally, the termination of a franchise agreement.The importance of managing the intellectual property assets of a franchise is a core theme permeating the entire publication; in particular the guide emphasizes the importance of the brand and the various intellectual property rights that underscore, nurture and strengthen a brand.
As with its sister publications, we encourage users to translate this publication into local languages and/or adapt it to national laws and regulations, and illustrate it with national examples and case studies. Translations into other UN languages are presently underway and will be available as soon as they are ready.

Resources on IP Asset Management

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.  Please note that requests without complete postal address will not be processed.


Korea: Shifting SME policies towards competitiveness and growth

This case study, which was initially published as part of a comprehensive INNO-Grips Policy Brief “ Policies in Support of High-Growth Innovative SMEs” (2011), reviews the SME policies of Korea, focusing on the policies of promoting innovation in high-growth SMEs. These policies are related to the policy set for the innovative SMEs including ventures and start-ups, and the policy set for promotion of global stars.

New voucher scheme to stimulate SME innovation

Small United Kingdom businesses will be able to obtain Government funding to help them develop and grow with the launch in September 2012 of a new and easily accessible Innovation Voucher scheme. Read more about how the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board will enable start-up, micro, small and medium-sized businesses to access up to £5,000 worth of advice and expertise from universities, research organisations or other private sector knowledge suppliers.

Handmade in Thailand: building brands for local communities

In 2010, WIPO, in collaboration with the Thai government and King Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), began supporting three rural communities in using the intellectual property (IP) system to boost the commercial value and viability of their artisanal products. Read more about how this initiative is supporting local micro and small businesses grow and develop through IP and branding. 

United Kingdom to Speed Up IP Dispute Resolution for SMEs

The UK's Patents County Court (PCC) is to offer a new small claims track service to speed up the court process and reduce costs for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Read more

Patent Boxes: Innovation in Tax Policy and Tax Policy for Innovation

A number of countries recently have adopted or expanded R&D tax incentives as well as developed new tax incentives to spur the commercialization of that R&D. These incentives or “ patent boxes” (so-called because there is a box to tick on the tax form) allow corporate income from the sale of patented products to be taxed at a lower rate than other income. Eight nations (seven in Europe) have enacted patent box regimes that incentivize firms to patent or produce other related innovations. And a ninth, the UK, is set to put in place the incentive in 2013. Read more.

Building Awareness on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for MSME in India 

The Government of India has been very proactive in enhancing the competitiveness of the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). IP awareness and capacity building is a key component of the strategy. This PowerPoint presentation gives an overview of some of the measures taken by the Government of India in the field of IP for MSMEs, including the setting up of several IP facilitation Centres (IPFCs) across the country.  

6 Strategies for Managing Patent Translation and Filing Costs

Translations can account for up to 50% of the cost of national stage entry, so cost-cutting strategies could make a significant difference in the bottom line. This article provides how to engage cost cutting strategies without compromising one’s patent project. 

Madrid Highlights

The Madrid Highlights is a quarterly publication focusing on keeping Madrid system’s stakeholders up to date with the latest developments within the Madrid system and providing information on the activities of the Sector. The Madrid Highlights also offers to subscribers the opportunity to raise issues and concerns and to seek responses from experts. Contributions and content in the Madrid Highlights are published in the English language only.

WIPO Seminar Series on “The Economics of Intellectual Property

The WIPO Seminar Series on the Economics of Intellectual Property features economists from around the world, presenting their latest research to a policy-oriented audience.  It seeks to stimulate an informed discourse on the effects of IP policies on economic performance.  Videos of the seminars and relevant background material are available on this webpage.

Forthcoming Events

The Role of Intellectual Property System in Enhancing the Competitiveness of Business and Industries, December 3 and 4, 2012 (Nassau, Bahamas

Effective Intellectual Property Management by Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, December 6 and 7, 2012 (Bridgetown, Barbados)

Workshop on the Role of IP in Enhancing the Competitiveness of SMEs, January 28 and 29, 2013 (Beirut, Lebanon)


6th Conference on Micro Evidence on Innovation in Developing Economies (MEIDE), Cape Town, South Africa, November 21-23, 2012

The aim of the conference, jointly organized by the OECD-IHERD (Innovation, Higher Education and Research for Development) Program and CeSTII (Center for Science, Technology & Innovation Indicators) of the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa,is to bring together researchers from around the world to discuss the importance of innovation for economic growth and development. 

Further information is available at http://www.merit.unu.edu/MEIDE/ 

Patent Statistics for Decision Makers 2012, November 28-29. 2012 (Paris)

The conference is organized by the European Patent Office and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in co-operation with Eurostat, JPO, KIPO, NSF, USPTO and WIPO.
Each year, some of the world's most prominent patent statistics experts meet at the conference to present and discuss their latest projects and research results. The conference is of particular interest to academics, consultants, publishers, statisticians, and commercial users from both the private and public sectors.

WIPO Executive Program: Strategic Intellectual Property Management, Cape Town, December 17 to 19, 2012

The Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is offering its Executive Program, “Strategic Intellectual Property Management”, in Cape Town, South Africa, from December 17 to 19, 2012. This is a three-day intensive training program which targets executives and managers involved in R&D. This program will be held in English, and its registration fee is US$ 2,000. A 40% discount is made available to participants from developing countries. Further information is available at the  website of WIPO Executive Program.  


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