WIPO SMEs Newsletter May 2013

June 10, 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.


World Intellectual Property Day Celebrates Tomorrow’s Creators

The theme of this year’s World Intellectual Property DayCreativity – the next generation –honors the talented and ingenious creators and innovators who are imagining how the world will look tomorrow.  Intellectual property offices, associations, businesses and technology institutions and students are organizing numerous activities to mark the day, including competitions, exhibitions and public discussions.

In his World IP Day message, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry recalled that “creativity is common to all humanity. It is this human creativity and inventiveness that is responsible for improving our quality of life in every sphere: our medical care, our transport, our communication, our entertainment.” On the next generation of creators, Mr. Gurry noted that “young people have the capacity to dream. They are the future.”

The Director General said IP aims to promote conditions that help creativity and innovation flourish across the world.  He urged young people to reflect on this: “My message to the next generation on World IP Day is to keep creating, keep innovating.  And keep thinking about how IP should fulfill its role in the future social management of creativity and innovation.”

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WIPO's PATENTSCOPE tops 28 Million Searchable Patent Documents

The addition, in April 2013, of over ten million documents from the national patent collection of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), dating from 1790 to the present day, has expanded WIPO’s PATENTSCOPE to over 28 million searchable patent documents. The PATENTSCOPE search service is a valuable technical resource that provides access to information about new technologies which are often disclosed for the first time as international patent applications.

PATENTSCOPE provides access to PCT international applications in full text format on the day of publication, as well as to 30 national and regional patent collections. The information may be searched by entering keywords, names of applicants, international patent classification and many other search criteria in multiple languages. User-friendly functionality greatly enhances access to the wealth of information available in the database. Complete documents may be printed or downloaded, free of charge, search results can be visualized through graphical analysis tools, and technology developments in specific areas can be tracked through RSS feeds.

The PATENTSCOPE’s search system is multilingual. State-of-the art language tools facilitate patent searches. More specifically, one tool uses synonyms to ensure more thorough searches. It then translates the synonyms, as well as the original query, into several languages. Another tool offers machine translation of the title and abstract of patent documents. In addition, machine translation tools available freely on the Internet have been integrated to allow users to read results and patent descriptions in a familiar language.

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Seventh Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy Opens in Istanbul

Senior decision-makers from governments, law enforcement, Customs and the private sector gather in Istanbul, Turkey, for the Seventh Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy, to seek innovative responses to the illicit trade in counterfeit and pirated goods.

Over 850 delegates from more than 100 countries are attending the three-day meeting from 24 to 26 April that is being chaired by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and hosted by Turkish Customs with the support of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey.

United around a common goal to stop the trade in counterfeit and pirated products, the organizers and participants aim to share experiences and devise strategies to counteract this global phenomenon and the harm these goods can have on consumer health and safety, as well as intellectual property rights (IPR).

Along with the WCO, the Congress is convened by INTERPOL and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in cooperation with the world’s business community represented by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) through its Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) initiative, and the International Trademark Association (INTA).

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Bringing university research to the marketplace

Around 300 senior representatives of industry, academia and government gathered at a
two-day conference organized jointly by the EPO, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Technische Universität München (TUM) entitled Creating Markets from Research Results. Held at the EPO headquarters in Munich, the conference focused on how governments, universities and business can better work together to exploit scientific knowledge by fostering solid management of intellectual property (IP) in universities, and strengthening collaboration between academia and industry.  WIPO participated in this conference and was represented by the Director of the Innovation Division, who delivered a presentation and participated in a panel on the subject matter.

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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™ 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/. A Russian language version is expected to be available soon.

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 publications.mail@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.


Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation

This study examines the interplay between public health, trade and intellectual property, and how these policy domains affect medical innovation and access to medical technologies.

Co-published by the World Health Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the World Trade Organization, the study draws together the three Secretariats’ respective areas of expertise. Read more.

SMEs in Action

This specific case study provided by the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market shows a selection of SMEs using the Community trademark as a competitive IP asset.

Multinational technology and intellectual property management – Is there global convergence and/or specialization?

The paper gives various indications of market and technology diversification as well as of global market and technology convergence (rather than specialization) in the context of managerial, legal and economic convergence. The results show that different countries focus on a wider but increasingly similar set of markets for R&D outputs in form of patents, which implies increasing intra-national market diversification and inter-national market convergence. The results also show that different countries focus on a wider but increasingly similar set of technologies that are patented, which implies increasing intra-national technology diversification and international technology convergence. In addition, intellectual property (IP) legal convergence takes place as newly industrialized countries (NICs) have strengthened their IP regimes in compliance with TRIPS and subsequently do so in the context of their indigenous innovation policies. Asian NICs have significantly increased their international patenting and supply of patented inventions. All together, this puts new demands across countries on multinational technology and innovation management skills, and in particular multinational IP management skills.

Commercializing Intellectual Property: License Agreements

This booklet is a follow-up to the “Commercializing IP” series, providing an introduction to the forms of commercialization that can be useful for people involved in exploitation of intangible assets. This particular fact sheet aims to clarify when license agreements should be used. Moreover, in this document we highlight the key provisions seen in most licensing agreements, as well as the specifics of licensing certain types of intellectual property rights.

Commercializing Intellectual Property: Spin-offs

This fact sheet focuses on spin-off (also known as “spin-out”) companies, intended as separate legal entities created by a parent organization (PO) to exploit intellectual property (IP) assets. Once the company is established, the PO will transfer or license to it the IP concerned, in order for the spin-off to commercialize it. This fact sheet identifies the key factors to create a well-conceived spin-off company with a main emphasis on the IP-related aspects that can contribute to its success. Spin-off is considered as a common practice in Universities and Research Organizations (ROs), in order for them to exploit and maximize the economic benefits of the knowledge created, as often these organizations lack the required capabilities to market their intangibles.

The Benefits of Partnering with US Universities in the Era of Open Innovation

Today’s University is a rich resource for companies seeking game-changing technological breakthroughs. In this in-depth article Melba Kurman looks at the benefits of open innovation partnerships between companies and American university researchers.

Forthcoming Events

Cooperative Patent Classification: Classifying with the CPC , Hague, June 16 to 18, 2013

This public conference will focus on the developments of the Cooperative Patent Classification. This conference aims at familiarizing participants with classification and in particular with CPC. The underlying concept and the integration of ECLA and ICO codes into one single structure will be explained. A separate workshop for participants from CPCNO countries (ex- ECNO countries) will provide hands-on exercises in parallel working groups in selected technical fields. Further information on this conference organized by the European Patent Academy is available at http://www.epo.org/learning-events/events/search/cpc-classifying.html

WIPO Conference on IP, Technology Transfer and Dispute Resolution in the Energy Sector, September 6, 2013 . Bonn , Germany

The successful development and commercialization of energy technologies requires considered intellectual property (IP) strategies, contract drafting and a careful choice of dispute prevention and resolution mechanisms.  This is of relevance for all entities involved in commercial and research transactions in renewable and conventional energies, as well as in energy efficiency.

The Conference will provide an overview of green technologies and IP in the energy sector, IP risk protection strategies and dispute resolution options. Practitioners will present their experience with contract negotiations and dispute resolution, including licensing, assignments, mergers & acquisitions, or research and development collaborations.  Specific information will be provided on dispute resolution in Asia and energy research funding.

This Conference is organized by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, the University of Bonn, and supported by the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) - Chemicals, Energy, Environment and Materials Committee, the European Industrial Research Management Association (EIRMA) and the European IPR Helpdesk.

Further program and registration information is available at http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/events/conferences/2013/bonn/

WIPO Arbitration Workshop, October 10-11, 2013, Seoul, Republic of Korea

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 Seoul, on Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11, 2013.  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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