WIPO SMEs Newsletter July 2013

August 1, 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.


Global Innovation Index 2013: US Rejoins Five Most-Innovative Nations as Switzerland Keeps Top Spot – Local Dynamics Key to Overcoming Global Innovation Divide

The United States rejoined the five most-innovative nations and the United Kingdom moved up to the third spot while Switzerland retained its place atop the rankings in the Global Innovation Index 2013, published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Despite the economic crisis, innovation is alive and well. Research and development spending levels are surpassing 2008 levels in most countries and successful local hubs are thriving. A group of dynamic middle- and low-income countries – including China, Costa Rica, India, and Senegal - are outpacing their peers, but haven’t broken into the top of the GII 2013 leader board.

This year’s report casts additional light on the local dynamics of innovation, an area which has remained under-measured globally. It shows the emergence of original innovation eco-systems, and signals a needed shift from a usual tendency to try and duplicate previously successful initiatives.

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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.


Moldova: AGEPI Website on IP for SMEs

The State Agency on intellectual property (AGEPI) has a dedicated website providing wide ranging information on intellectual property for SMEs and includes access to various IP databases and publications.

University-SME Collaboration and Open Innovation: Intellectual-Property Management Tools and the Roles of Intermediaries

This Canadian study yielded three findings: i) SMEs do not care about understanding and improving their capabilities about IP and are not equipped with adequate tools and best practices for managing IP and for managing the overall collaborative mechanisms in general; ii) this gap in preparation for open innovation is persistent, since even the intermediaries, whose role is to guide SMEs in university-enterprise collaborations, suffer themselves from the lack of appropriate IP transfer and sharing tools, and do not perceive the need to offer better support in this regard; and iii) overall, current IP-transfer and collaboration-management tools are not sophisticated enough to provide appropriate support for the implementation of open innovation, by which we mean more open and collaborative innovation in the context of university-enterprise collaborations.

Leveraging Old Intellectual Property to Accelerate Technology Entrepreneurship

Acquiring or licensing assets to older technologies, including surviving intellectual property rights, is an often-overlooked viable strategy for accelerating technology entrepreneurship. This strategy can help entrepreneurs short-cut the growth of a customer base, reduce development effort, and shorten the time to market with a minimum viable product.

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Patented Drug Extension Strategies on Healthcare Spending: A Cost-Evaluation Analysis

A recent Geneva-based study found that so-called evergreening practices utilized by drug manufacturers are successful in protecting profits by maintaining company market share and offsetting generic competition and cost containment policies.

The term “evergreening” refers to a strategy employed by pharmaceutical companies to extend their market monopoly by slightly changing the formulation of their brand drugs and obtaining new patents for “follow on” drugs. The purpose of the study was to assess the impact of such follow-on drugs on overall health care costs in the Swiss canton of Geneva.

Intellectual Property Valuation

Licensing and assignments of intellectual property rights have become common in the market, and the use of these types of asset as loan security has grown. This new reality has given rise to the growing importance of valuation of intangibles. Trading an asset requires knowing its value. Several methodologies are commonly used in the market to value these assets.

This fact sheet provides the different methodologies and examples of scenarios of possible use of these methodologies. Different tools have been created by public organizations to assist companies performing valuations. These free tools will also be presented in this document to help you save time and money.

Patent backlogs, inventories, and pendency: An international framework

This is a joint report by the United States Patent Office (USPTO) and the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) on the economic and operational impacts of patent application backlogs. The report offers both a new and comparative methodology for measuring backlogs and pendency, as well as empirical findings on the relationship between application stocks and examination pendency in the UK and the US. Understanding these relationships is critical for better evidence based policy making.

Science, Technology, Innovation and IP in India - New Directions and Prospects

This paper begins by surveying recent economic studies of the relationships between technology transfer, intellectual property, innovation and diffusion in emerging countries. It applies this literature to the Indian case. India is a potentially useful case study for several reasons. India has recently been experiencing rapid growth and has several high technology sectors staffed by an [NT1] increasingly educated workforce.  At the same time an even larger share of its population is still working in low productivity agriculture and many of them live in extreme poverty.

Projects acronyms and trademarks: preventing risks

Refraining from using an acronym similar to a registered trade mark for goods and/or services in the same area is important in R&D projects, particularly when consortium partners intend to commercially exploit a result or provide a service in the market under the acronym or name of the project.

In this case study you can see the possible risk consortium partners can face in these situations and, most importantly, how to avoid them.

LAWNSALTED: a double-line IP strategy for start-ups

The 2-level strategy highlighted in this new case study suggests how to shape an IP strategy for SMEs.


WIPO-IPOS Mediation Workshop for IP Disputes, August 29, 2013, IP Academy, Singapore

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of the General Assembly of WIPO in September 2011.  Under this MoU, IPOS and WIPO have collaborated to establish a joint dispute resolution procedure that facilitates the mediation of intellectual property disputes.

Further information is available at http://www.ipos.gov.sg/ipweek/wipo-mediation-workshop/

To find out more about the Workshop, email IP Academy at info@ipacademy.com.sg.

WIPO-IPOS Seminar on ADR and Technology Transactions, August 30, 2013, IP Academy, Singapore

The volume of patent disputes involving complex technical issues is on the rise worldwide. Expert determination provides a private, confidential and cost-effective alternative to court litigation for the resolution of patent disputes, especially those that are multi-jurisdictional.

In Singapore, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center (WIPO Center), will in 2013 roll out a new expert determination option for parties to patent disputes. Learn how this can help resolve your disputes relating to technology and patents. This seminar will also provide an overview of other available WIPO alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms suitable for technology transactions.

Further information is available at http://www.ipos.gov.sg/ipweek/wipo-expert-determination-workshop/

To find out more about the Workshop, email IP Academy at info@ipacademy.com.sg.

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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