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WIPO SMEs Newsletter December 2013

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WIPO SMEs Newsletter December 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.




WIPO Member States Adopt 2014/15 Program and Budget


Following a three-day extraordinary session of the WIPO Assemblies, from December 10 to 12, 2013, WIPO member states approved the Organization?s program and budget for the 2014/15 biennium.


The Organization?s program and budget is capped at an overall expenditure level of 673.2 million Swiss Francs (SFr), representing a 3.8 % increase over the current biennium. WIPO?s overall income is expected to grow by 4.5 % to 713.3 million SFr for 2014/15.  The approved budget also allocates resources for two new WIPO external offices - one each for China and the Russian Federation.


Read more.

New Online Licensing System Makes it Easier to Republish the Work of Intergovernmental Organizations

A new online licensing tool for intergovernmental organizations will make it easier to bring their published material to a wider audience.


The unveiling of the Creative Commons 3.0 Intergovernmental Organisation (IGO) License caps a two-year collaboration led by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) with the support of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in collaboration with several other international organisations.


The licenses make it easier for IGOs to widely distribute their studies, reports, data sets and other material online. Once applied, the licenses give the public permission to republish that content, as long as they follow a few simple rules. Creative Commons licenses are widely used and understood around the world.


Read more.


WIPO GREEN: New Online Marketplace Seeks Environmentally Sustainable Solutions for Climate Change


The WIPO GREENdatabase and network matches owners of new technologies with individuals or companies seeking to commercialize, license or otherwise distribute a green technology. Its objective is to accelerate innovation and diffusion of green technologies and contribute to the efforts of developing countries in addressing climate change.


Read more.


IP5 offices report 11% growth in filings for 2012


Nearly 1.9 million patent applications were filed at the world's five largest patent offices last year, according to the latest statistical report published by the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), collectively known as the five IP offices, or IP5. This represents a growth of 11% over 2011.

The 2012 edition of the IP5 Statistics Reportalso finds that altogether the IP5 offices granted almost 924 000 patents for inventions in 2012, an increase of 17% compared to 2011. The IP5 offices have worked together closely since 2007 to improve efficiency and address the growing backlogs in applications worldwide.

Resources on IP Asset Management 

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.intproviding 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 cannot be processed.


IPR-intensive industries contribute 26% of employment and 39% of GDP in the European Union (EU)

IPR-intensive industries generated almost 39% of total economic activity (GDP) in the EU, worth s generated almost 39% of total economic activityocess?s trade with the rest of the world, with design-intensive, copyright-intensive and GI-intensive industries generating a trade surplus.

IPR-intensive industries also pay significantly higher wages than other industries, with a wage premium of more than 40%. This is consistent with the fact that the value added per worker is higher in IPR-intensive industries than elsewhere in the economy.

Read more in thejoint studyby the EPO and the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM).

Basic Policy Concerning Intellectual Property Policy in Japan

In the management strategy of SMEs and venture companies, as well as in the response to economic globalization, intellectual property management including managing and utilizing the intellectual property rights held by SMEs and venture companies is extremely important.

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Technology Strategy Board announces £30m funding for SMEs in creative industries

The Technology Strategy Board(TSB) has launched a strategy to boost innovation and growth in the creative industries by helping small digital businesses.The strategy will encourage the sector to grow by helping businesses centred around digital technologies and design. 

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Banking on IP? ? The role of intellectual property and intangible assets in facilitating business finance

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, or SMEs, are the lifeblood of the UK economy. Their ability to grow is a key determinant of the nation?s future economic health. In recent years, businesses of all sizes have been investing more in intangible assets, in particular Intellectual Property (IP), than in fixed or physical assets. This study sought to examine how effectively SMEs are able to use these assets in securing the finance they need for company growth. 

Read more.

Trademarks as business tools for SMEs

The registration of trademarks in Romania is optional, and some firms learn their importance the hard way, says Nicoleta Tarchila.

Read more.

Automatic Patent Analysis


Experts reckon that much of the technical information contained in patents is not available anywhere else, and that it contains around 80% of worldwide technical knowledge. However, patent information analysis is not easy: patent documents are abundant, lengthy and are written in very technical language. Thus, reading and analyzing patent documents can be complex and time consuming. This is where the use of Automatic Patent Analysis (APA) can help. This new fact sheet produced by the European IPR Helpdesk provides some useful tools and explains how to perform an APA, in order for researchers and SME to integrate patent information more easily into their activities.

Measuring Research Impact through Patents

Patents are a measure of research and development, and can help to assess the scope, quality and impact of innovation. The pilot study examined a number of metrics in Australian universities across four key areas. These include patenting portfolios, patent impact, and the potential for commercialization, collaboration and connectivity.

IP assets for financial advantages


Besides the research activity, the costs of developing a new technology into a product and then marketing it are generally very high. Moreover, it is common for many small businesses to have little money to commercialize their innovations, for which they usually seek support from national financial schemes. This fact sheet gives an overview of the different means at the disposal of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and research organizations (ROs) to access finance, in order to obtain liquidity from their intangible. The aim is to show that IP can be used as leverage for attracting investors, as collateral for obtaining credit and loans as well as receivables for securitizations. All of this can derive from banks, equity investors and the public sector.

IP Basics: The Business owner?s guide to understanding your IP

This guide explains the different types of IP rights, where they fit in your business, how to protect them and the ways in which you can use IP to its full potential through licensing and franchising.

What affects the innovation performance of small and medium-sized enterprises in China?


Innovation has been one of the key drivers of sustainable competitive advantage for SMEs. However, many SMEs have difficulties in achieving successful innovation. This article attempts to explore the major factors and constraints to innovation for SMEs in China. Based on a survey to 188 Chinese manufacturing SMEs, the relationship of 10 major factors affecting innovation performance has been explored. The findings indicate that there is a positive relationship between some factors (e.g., financial capital, technically qualified staff, and technology information and so on) and the innovation performance of SMEs. Also, this paper finds that the current policy environment, such as intellectual property protection and government policies, are not conducive to innovation performance of Chinese SMEs.




WIPO Workshop for Mediators, May 22-23, 2014, Geneva, Switzerland

The significant time and cost that can be associated with court proceedings are increasingly causing parties to look for alternative ways of settling their disputes. Mediation is an extension of direct negotiations between the parties to a dispute, conducted with the aid of a neutral intermediary, the mediator. It is the preferred mode of dispute resolution in many of the most important markets of Asia, as well as an increasingly popular method of dispute settlement in the United States of America and in Europe. 

As an international resource center in the area of intellectual property mediation and arbitration, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center will offer a Workshop for Mediators in IP Disputes on Thursday, May 22 and Friday, May 23, 2014 at the headquarters of WIPO in Geneva, Switzerland. 

The Workshop is held in English and is designed for lawyers, business executives, patent and trademark specialists and others who wish to become familiar with the mediation process and receive training as mediators. Taught by Professor Robert H. Mnookin of Harvard Law School and Professor Gary J. Friedman of the Center for Mediation in Law of Mill Valley, California, the program is based on simulated intellectual property mediation exercises. 
For more information of the Workshop, see here



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