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The WIPO Magazine explores intellectual property, creativity and innovation in action across the world.  It is published in English, French and Spanish.

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Pioneers of blue LEDs dazzle Nobel Committee

This year’s winners of the Nobel Prize for Physics, three Japanese-born scientists, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura, are credited with breakthroughs in solid state lighting (associated with blue light emitting diodes (LEDs) that have catalyzed the development and widespread uptake of a new source of high quality, energy efficient and eco-friendly white light.

Navigating driverless cars

Driverless car are slowly moving from the realm of science fiction to reality. What are some of the broader issues that may arise as this new driving phenomenon gains traction?

The threat of signal piracy to broadcasters serving minority communities

Like other broadcasters, Univision, the leading media company serving the Hispanic community in the USA, faces the global challenge of signal piracy every day but lacks effective legal remedies to tackle it. Univision believes the time is ripe for a new international agreement on broadcasting.

IP and sports: a winning formula

Sports events are no longer simply a means of entertainment, they are also big business. And IP plays a central role in enabling organizers of major sports events to generate economic value and fund their high-profile competitions.

Commercializing IP: changing academic mindsets in the Philippines

The drive to promote IP commercialization on campuses across the Philippines is beginning to yield results. The University of San Carlos is the first to patent its breakthrough solid waste management technologies.


Giving Innovation Wings: How Boeing Uses its IP

February 2014 - Peter Hoffman, Boeing’s Vice President of Intellectual Property Management, talks about the company’s approach to IP and shares his views on the future of flight.

Video Games and IP: A Global Perspective

April 2014 - Since the launch of the first mainstream game console by Nintendo in 1985, video games have become a global industry worth an estimated US$65 billion. It is the fastest growing sector of the entertainment industry and an important driver of economic growth.

The Brave New World of Wearable Technology: What Implications for IP?

June 2014 - Wearable tech is both the newest technology trend and one of the oldest – we have been wearing functional objects ever since watchmakers like Peter Henlein developed portable clocks in the 16th Century.

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