WIPO SMEs Newsletter August 2013

August 27, 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.

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.


Translated Version from Poland of the WIPO ICC Guide entitled, “Making Intellectual Property Work for Business:  A handbook for chambers of commerce and business associations setting up intellectual property services” published

The above publication is the Polish translation of the English version.

The nationally translated and customized versions of SME IP for Business guides and other guides can be viewed on the SMEs Website


Banking on Women

Women entrepreneurs are changing the face of the global economy, helping to sustain job creation and economic growth. It is estimated that women-owned entities represent over 30 percent of registered businesses worldwide, according to International Finance Corporation’s Banking on Women fact sheet.

IPR management in software development

Software, or computer programs, is a complex asset. At the boundary between pure creations of the mind and technical inventions, multiple intellectual property rights (IPR) can protect it. Intellectual property is an essential tool to secure value generated by software. However, the means to create such value can vary considerably depending on the exploitation scheme chosen and the related ecosystem for which the use of software developments are intended. The aim of this fact sheet is therefore to introduce the various IPR that can protect software, the main licensing schemes available and their respective potential business impact.

Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy

The Green Paper provides a comprehensive review of current policy related to copyright and the Internet, and identifies important issues that call for attention and development of solutions. The solutions may entail a combination of legal remedies, technology, private sector cooperation, and public outreach and education, along with the continued development of options to legally access copyrighted works.

IP Crime Report 2012/13

The report shows that large numbers of counterfeit goods continue to be detained at UK borders, and be seized by in-land law enforcement officers. The range of goods produced is increasingly diverse covering every commercial sector from optical media, clothing and footwear, consumables, personal healthcare items, electrical goods, medicines and car parts.

Publishing v. Patenting

This fact sheet examining the different aspects of knowledge dissemination tools, also taking into account the different needs and objectives of research organizations/universities (ROs) and small and medium-sized enterprises/industry (SMEs). There is not a general rule to apply when choosing the right means of dissemination, but one needs to ensure that the chosen tools are in line with the overall organization's strategy.

Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2013

This report represents a major step in addressing this obstacle by establishing a comprehensive international framework for monitoring SMEs’ and entrepreneurs’ access to finance over time. The report provides detailed country profiles of financial conditions for SMEs in the 25 countries, containing indicators of debt, equity, general market conditions, and a review of government policy measures covered. These are complemented with a thematic chapter on the role of credit guarantee schemes in enhancing SMEs’ access to finance.

Extract of the chapter 2 on "Recent trends in SME and Entrepreneurship finance"

SMEs put larger businesses security at risk owing to lack of data protection protocols

SMEs in the UK are putting their own businesses at risk and could also be damaging larger firms they supply services to by not taking enough preventative measures of confidential data, new research reveals.  Read more.

SMEs hardest hit by hackers, including in Kenya

Small and medium enterprises have become the top target for cyber criminals who steal data, shows an Internet security report by Symantec Corporation. The report covering security of institutions’ bank account information, customer data and intellectual property, ranks Kenya at number eight in Africa in terms of threat, a reflection of the wide usage of the Internet by companies. Read more.

IP Trends in African LDCs and the LDC TRIPS Transition Extension

This Policy Brief by Fikremarkos Merso (Addis Ababa University School of Law) provides an overview of the intellectual property landscape in African LDCs, in the context of the current LDC TRIPS extension debate. The brief shows that African LDCs are at different stages with regard to TRIPS implementation and they continue to face immense challenges towards building their technological base, thus their need for continuous flexibility and policy space.

Low IPR awareness costing Indian SMEs heavily

Thousands of SMEs in India are reported to be losing millions in revenues due to lack of awareness about intellectual property rights All states in India now have patent facilitation centres and SMEs need to consult them to find out how they can benefit from them. Read more.

SMEs: Equipped to Compete/How successful SMEs are reinventing global business

SMEs are thinking and acting globally, competing with rivals of all sizes, and investing aggressively in technology to improve operations and make themselves more nimble, according to a study published recently.

The "SME-IP" project

Many SMEs in Switzerland pay too little or no attention to their intangible assets – as has been shown in scientific studies carried out at the request of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI). Sme.ipi.ch is an information platform of the IPI which offers help and support to the SMEs in finding a successful way to deal with their inventions and creations through the SMEs project. Read more

Global Value Chains in a Changing World

Global value chains are a major driving force of globalization. This volume is the product of a dialogue with policy makers in the Asian region, where economists, political scientists, management specialists, development thinkers and business executives joined together in an exploration of the multiple dimensions of supply chains: what drives them, how they operate, how they adapt in a rapidly changing world, and what they mean for development and for policy.

Value chains, SMEs and public policies. International experiences and lessons for Latin America and the Caribbean

This document from the Latin American and Caribbean System (SELA) has several objectives; (1) analyze relevant experiences of enterprises’ insertion into global and regional value chains inside and outside Latin America and the Caribbean, underlining the cases of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); (2) describe the fundamental features, the instruments and the performance of public policies that support SMEs so as to encourage their insertion into global and regional value chains; and (3) based on the former objectives, submit recommendations to the governments of the Member States of SELA on the subject of policies as a means to further promote the insertion of their SMEs into global and regional value chains.

Building SME Competitiveness in the European Union and Latin America

In December 2012, in the framework of public-private dialogue between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean organized by AL-INVEST/EUROCHAMBRES and ECLAC, a series of interviews were conducted with some 50 business leaders and opinion shapers in countries of both regions. This document incorporates that survey and is intended to stimulate discussion and thinking at the highest political and business echelons of the European Union and of Latin America and the Caribbean about the role of smaller-sized firms in domestic economies and the kinds of support they need in order to overcome their most important limitation, which is their productivity gap vis-à-vis larger firms.


WTO PUBLIC FORUM 2013, October 1-3, 2013, Geneva, Switzerland

The WTO Public Forum is an annual event that provides a platform for public debate across a wide range of WTO issues and trade topics. This year’s Public Forum looks at the future of trade in an era of innovation and digitalization. The Forum will begin on 1 October at 9:30 with a keynote speech, to be followed by the Opening Plenary Session. Two other plenary sessions will be organized on 2 and 3 October at 10:00. In the afternoons, sessions organized by participants will take place. Organizers can choose to organize either working sessions or workshops. Working sessions will have a traditional format, with a panel exchanging views with a moderator and taking questions from the audience while workshops will take the form of informal brainstorming sessions.

Further information is available at http://www.wto.org/english/forums_e/public_forum13_e/public_forum13_e.htm

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/

Patent Statistics for Decision Makers 2013, November 12-13, 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In a global environment of new technological and political challenges, IP right systems and in particular the patent system are undergoing continuous changes as they seek to optimize the balance between private and social benefits and thus contribute both to economic growth and to the welfare of societies.

To enable economies to meet these challenges, policy-makers need analysis based on reliable data. Patent data are a unique source of information that can be used to address a wide range of policy issues in the fields of science and technology, R&D and innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise dynamics, development and economic growth. They support evidence-based decision-making and reveal important facts about how the patent systems themselves are performing.

Further information is available at http://www.epo.org/learning-events/events/conferences/patent-statistics.html


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