WIPO SMEs Newsletter September 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.
China Patent Collection Added to WIPO PATENTSCOPE; Search System Surpasses 32 Million Records
WIPO has added China?s national patent collection to the searchable PATENTSCOPE database, pushing the service past the 30 million record mark and increasing it to 34 national and regional patent collections, giving users an unrivalled geographical diversity of fully-searchable data.
With the addition of about 3 million documents from China, WIPO?s PATENTSCOPE now includes some 32.5 million records that users can search for information about new technologies, which are often disclosed for the first time as international patent applications.
PATENTSCOPE provides access to international Patent Cooperation Treaty applications in full text format on the day of publication. The information may be searched by entering keywords, names of applicants, international patent classification and many other search criteria in multiple languages.
Game-Changing Innovators Meet Policy Makers at WIPO Forum, September 24, 2013
Four world-renowned pioneers from the fields of medicine, architecture and industrial design drew common insights from their varied experiences on September 24, 2013 as they engaged with policy makers seeking to ensure a future brimming with game-changing innovation.
The WIPO Forum 2013, From Inspiration to Innovation: The Game-Changers - designed to bring policy makers into incisive engagement with the global innovators they seek to help in a balanced, inclusive intellectual property system - took place on the second day of the WIPO Assemblies, which met in Geneva from September 23 to October 2, 2013.
These four visionary innovators, each disrupting current paradigms in a quest to improve some of the most basic elements of the human experience - food, shelter, and health - discussed their achievements with government representatives. At the forefront of policy makers? minds will be how to foster a creative and enabling environment that promotes the kind of ground-breaking work done by the WIPO Forum 2013 panelists, while ensuring that the improvements lift up communities.
Resources on IP Asset Management
General Information on Training of Trainers Program, the SMEs Section, WIPO
The SMEs Section of the Innovation Division 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 a complete postal address will not be processed.
Learn the PCT: New Video Tutorials
Learn the PCT is a series of 29 short videos (approximately 15 minutes each) presented by Matthias Reischle, Deputy Director, PCT Legal Division, WIPO. The series is designed to provide a basic introduction to important aspects and issues in the international phase and national phase of PCT processing.
This series closely follows material covered during basic PCT training seminars and will be particularly useful for those who have not attended such seminars in person, for small and medium-sized enterprises, for PCT users and potential users in developing and least developed countries, and for experienced users who would like to refresh their understanding.
The total running time for the series is 6 hours 15 minutes. The videos are available at:
Is Small Still Beautiful? - Literature Review of Recent Empirical Evidence on the Contribution of SMEs to Employment Creation
Do small and medium-sized enterprises indeed play a major role in the creation of new jobs and the reduction of poverty in developing and emerging countries? This review concludes that there is still too little empirical evidence available to either support or deny this claim.
Leveraging IP and Patent Strategy for Business Growth
This white paper explores how you can monetize your IP and patent strategy. Topics discussed include: The key obstacles to optimizing Patent Portfolio Management, How IBM determine the financial value of a license compared to acquisition and strategic alliances, The benefits of ?open book? patent policies, Dako?s patenting process of flagship products, How to use trademark and copyright to complement patent strategy.
The ICC Intellectual Property Roadmap
This 2012 edition of ICC?s flagship intellectual property publication ?The ICC Intellectual Property Roadmap: Current and emerging issues for business and policymakers? highlights several developments over the past couple of years. These include the decision to open up the generic Top Level Domain name space, measures to control copyright and trademark infringement on the Internet, and efforts to address the high costs and lengthy proceedings necessary to obtain patents in multiple jurisdictions (such as more intensive cooperation between patent offices, further steps in the EU initiative to create a unitary patent and
patent litigation system, and reform bringing the US patent system one step closer to other patent systems worldwide).
Supply Chain Perspectives and Issues: A Literature Review
Global value chains (GVCs) have become ubiquitous. The literature that attempts to understand and explain GVCs is vast, multi-disciplinary and no less complex than the phenomenon itself. This volume is an ambitious attempt at a fairly comprehensive review of literature on the subject.
The many manifestations of international production sharing have become the organizing theme for practically any discussion on production, trade, investment, development and international economic cooperation more generally. GVCs are at the economic heart of globalization. Policies of governments are central to outcomes, influencing the establishment, configuration and operation of GVCs in numerous ways. Technological possibilities and firm behavior are also crucial determinants of what happens in the supply chain world.
Antitrust and intellectual property (?IP?) law both seek to improve economic welfare by facilitating competition and investment in innovation. At various times both antitrust and IP law have wandered off this course and have become more driven by special interests. Today, antitrust and IP are on very different roads to reform. Antitrust reform began in the late 1970s and is largely complete. Today, patent law has begun its own reform journey, but it is in a much earlier stage. The U.S. Supreme Court?s recent decision in Bilski v. Kappos did not reform patent law significantly; however, some of its language may lead to closer examination of some method patent applications. Unfortunately, the outlook for copyright reform is bleaker. An important component of antitrust reform has been the development of a concept of harm that effectuates the underlying policy of making markets more competitive. In its 1977 decision in Brunswick Corp. v. Pueblo Bowl-O-Mat, Inc., the Supreme Court largely ignored the language of an expansive antitrust damages provision that apparently gives private plaintiffs a remedy for every injury caused by an antitrust violation. Rather, the Court said, harm is cognizable only when it threatens to make markets less competitive. We propose a concept of ?IP injury? that limits IP remedies to situations in which the IP holder has suffered or is likely to suffer harm sufficiently linked to the purpose of IP law, which is to incentivize innovation. As in antitrust, reformation in IP is more likely to come from the judiciary and not from Congress.
Bank financing of SMEs in five Sub-Saharan African countries: the role of competition, innovation, and the government
This paper provides an overview of the state of access to bank financing for SMEs in five Sub-Saharan African countries and analyzes the drivers behind banks' involvement with SMEs. The paper builds on data collected through five in-depth studies in Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, and Tanzania between 2010 and 2012. The paper shows that the share of SME lending in the overall loan portfolios of banks varies between 5 and 20 percent. Reasons for this finding vary, but key contributing factors are the structure and size of the economy and the extent of Government borrowing, the degree of innovation mainly as introduced by foreign entrants to financial sectors, and the state of the financial sector infrastructure and enabling environment.
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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