WIPO SMEs Newsletter January 2013

February 18, 2013

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


IP PANORAMA TM Module 13: IP Issues in Franchising is Added to the Website  


WIPO Advances Toward Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Persons with Print Disabilities

Meeting in extraordinary session in December 17 and 18, 2012, the WIPO General Assembly took a landmark decision today to convene a diplomatic conference in 2013 to complete negotiations on a pact to improve access to copyrighted works for the many visually impaired and people with print disabilities around the world. The General Assembly also expressed gratitude to Morocco for its offer to host the diplomatic conference.
While some countries have domestic legislation that grants limitations and exceptions for use of copyrighted works by visually impaired and people with print disabilities, there is a legal vacuum at the international level. Since 2004, WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) has been considering whether certain limitations and exceptions should be harmonized internationally. WIPO’s General Assembly today decided that discussions relating to a future treaty to benefit visually impaired and people with print disabilities are sufficiently advanced and mature to convene a diplomatic conference. The convening of a diplomatic conference signals entry into the final phase of treaty negotiations.
Some 300 million blind or visually impaired people around the world stand to benefit from a more flexible copyright regime adapted to current technological realities. Individuals with reading impairment often need to convert information into Braille, large print, audio, electronic and other formats using assistive technologies. Only a very small percentage of published books around the world are available in formats accessible to the visually impaired.  Read more.

USPTO and EPO Announce Launch of Cooperative Patent Classification System 

The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) today announced the formal launch of the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system, a global classification system for patent documents. 
An ambitious harmonization effort, CPC is the product of a joint partnership between the USPTO and the EPO to develop a common, internationally compatible classification system for technical documents used in the patent granting process that incorporates the best classification practices from both offices. It will be used by the USPTO and more than 45 patent offices – a user community totaling more than 20,000 patent examiners – all sharing the same classifications helping to establish the CPC as an international standard. 
Since October 2010, the USPTO and EPO have worked jointly to develop the CPC system, which includes approximately 250,000 classification symbols based on the International Patent Classification (IPC) system thus enabling examiners and patent users worldwide to conduct searches by accessing the same classified patent document collections. CPC will lead to more efficient prior art searches and enhance efficiency through work-sharing initiatives designed to reduce unnecessary duplication of work. 
CPC definitions containing a thorough description of the technical subject-matter covered will be provided for every CPC subclass and regularly updated. Distance learning will be made available to users in early 2013. 
For more detailed information about the new classification system, including the downloadable CPC schemes, CPC definitions and concordances (e.g. ECLA to CPC and CPC to IPC), please visit the official CPC website.

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 indicating the purpose for which the CD-ROM would be used.  Please note that requests without complete postal address will not be processed. 


Towards enhanced patent valorization for growth and jobs 

European Commission services have produced a Staff Working Document  [203 KB] to serve as a basis for future discussions with other EU Institutions and beyond on the need to enhance patent valorization. The Staff Working Document presents and analyses the major obstacles European companies, mainly SMEs, have to face in valorising existing patents, especially ‘dormant patents’. While describing the current European initiatives aimed at addressing issues in this area, it also outlines short- to medium- and long-term options for making better use of "dormant patents". For more details, please see here.

Modernizing Copyright: A Modern, Robust and Flexible Framework 

Following the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth, and an extensive consultation process, the UK Government has just published the final part of its response to consultations: Modernising copyright: a modern, robust and flexible frameworkThis document details the UK Government’s response to consultation on a number of areas where copyright legislation appears to get in the way of reasonable use of copyright works.

How to Make Business Model Innovation Happen 

One of many good reasons to focus on the business model is that companies focusing on Business Model Innovation outperform their industry peers in terms of operating margin and total shareholder return. In this in-depth article Marc Sniukas provides a framework to describe a business model in three easy steps; a process to start and drive Business Model Innovation within the company and an overview of tools and how they can be used in Business Model Innovation.

Efficient Resolution of Disputes in R&D Collaborations, Licensing and Other Technology Transfer 

The successful development and commercialization of technology requires a carefully integrated dispute resolution strategy as a key factor in securing the value of technologies and associated intellectual property (IP) rights developed in research and development (R&D) collaborations and their subsequent commercialization.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Mechanisms include several procedures that allow parties to resolve their disputes out of court in a private forum, with the assistance of a qualified neutral intermediary of their choice.  ADR procedures are offered by different arbitral institutions. 
The following fact sheetprovides an overview of WIPO ADR mechanisms, principles, advantages and case examples to assist SMEs, universities, research centers, researchers and others in making a considered choice on how to resolve future or existing disputes when drafting contract clauses and submission agreements. 


Search Matters 2013 - 25th edition of the EPO's most successful seminar , Hague, March 18 and 19, 2013

This two-day seminar gives experienced patent search professionals from industry and law firms unrivalled access to the know-how and expertise of many EPO patent examiners and other staff working in a variety of technical fields. Lectures in the latest developments in patent classification, search tools and databases will be complemented by a broad range of workshops, presented by EPO experts, on search strategies and the state of the art in particular technological fields, such as telecommunications, biotechnology and climate change mitigation.

Worldwide Symposium on Geographical Indications, Bangkok, March 27 to 29, 2013

The 2013 edition of the Worldwide Symposium on Geographical Indications is being organized jointly by the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) of Thailand.  It will take place at the Centara Grand Hotel (Floor 23, World Ballroom) at Central World. The working languages of the Symposium are English, French and Thai with simultaneous interpretation.
The program of the Symposium covers the technicalities of the subject and recent developments in the field of geographical indications (GIs) including:a roundup of recent developments and initiatives in the field of geographical indications, with a particular emphasis on GIs for non agricultural products; the management of geographical indications, in particular the role of producer groups and the traceability and control schemes for geographical indications; branding strategies, marketing and enforcement issues in the field of geographical indications: how marketing-oriented GI producers and intermediaries build and sustain trust; foresight and horizon scanning following emerging issues and the current debate to set up an international registration system for GIs.


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