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Case Studies on the Use of IP by SMEs

World IP Day 2021

These case studies tell the stories of SMEs around the globe that are using IP rights to turn ideas into business opportunities and generate value.

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LOF Studios: Igniting the Flame of Business

Behind every fun app or exciting videogame is a vast amount of creativity, technical know-how and investment. In the crowded game development industry where big players dominate, a small Azerbaijani team is getting noticed for their approach to high-tech development projects that target real-world issues.

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Uncanny Valley: at the cutting-edge of music production

Uncanny Valley Music and Technology are at the cutting edge of musical creativity, using artificial intelligence (AI) to reshape the process of creating music.

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EHang: The Sky’s the Limit

Guangzhou EHang Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd. is a world-leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology company. Known as "EHang”, the company develops autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) products and commercial solutions, including air mobility (passenger transportation and logistics), smart city management and aerial media solutions.

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Re-thinking Herbal Supplements: Medika Natura Stands Apart

While the biopharmaceutical industry is made up of big companies with global reach, many smaller enterprises are making their mark. Established in 2006, the company Medika Natura Sdn Bhd (Medika Natura) is a growing player in Malaysia’s agricultural biotechnology and biopharmaceutical markets.

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Technology and Innovation Support Center Helps Aibo find Its Feet

Founded in 2015, Qingdao Aibo Detection Technology Co., Ltd. is a medical products company based in Qingdao, China. Aibo’s initial goal was to make test reagents, but as the company grew, so did its business scope.

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LAM Leather Bags: Embracing Tradition

LAM Leather Bags (LAM) is a Bahraini Fashion brand directed towards the luxury goods market. Established in 2018 by designer Lulwa AbdulRahman ALMannai, the company specializes in high-quality bags, handbags, purses, suitcases and other accessories handmade from vegetable-tanned leather.

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Windpact: Patented Impact Protection Technology

Windpact is a private company headquartered in Leesburg, Virginia, USA. It is a technology and applied science company focused on analyzing, designing, and implementing impact protection solutions to make lives safer.

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The Icing on the Cake: A Smart Solution for Food Transportation

Business Change and Project Manager and avid foodie – launched Chíbu Reusable Carriers in February 2019. Designed by Ms. Nwodu, Chíbu® is ideal for bakers (professional or otherwise), pastry chefs, cake designers and picnic lovers alike looking to safely transport goods such as cakes, cupcakes, desserts and wine.

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Designer Shaik Brings Arabian Heritage to the International Market

Born out of a dream to build a brand that embodies opulence and distinction, Bahrain-based company Designer Shaik Inc. specializes in the design, product development, production and marketing of luxury products, including perfume, timepieces and fashion accessories.

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Rocksteady Coffee and the Journey Growing Some of the World's Finest Coffee

Coffee is one of the world’s most appreciated beverages, with over 2.25 billion cups consumed every day. Rocksteady Mountain Resort Ltd., is based out of the Blue Mountain Coffee region in Jamaica.

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IMBERLITA: Creating Value from Artisanal Handicrafts through Branding

With a population of 22,000 people, the municipality of Imbert is located in the center of the province of Puerto Plata. It is one of the top tourist spots in the Dominican Republic. In addition to its natural beauty, the region is known for its local handicrafts.

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XYZ Reality Brings Precision and Technology to Construction Sites

Having the ability to imagine simple objects on paper and project them to real life is a key ability for anyone in the engineering fields. Thanks to technology developed by UK-based XYZ Reality Limited (XYZ Reality), engineers can now use augmented reality to visualize 3D models of complex structures, such as an entire building.

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Salvadoran Designers Make an Impact on Local Communities

In recent years, El Salvador has seen a rise in the number of fashion startups led by women. Highly talented female designers have come to the fore. Injecting innovation into traditional artisanal production techniques and products to create original designs with indigenous characteristics, some of these designers are gaining prestige at home and abroad with their clothing and accessory lines.

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What Once Was Lost Is Now Found

The misplacement or unintended loss of personal possessions is a universal phenomenon. Looking to provide a new solution to this age-old problem, Tokyo-based startup MAMORIO, Inc. developed a smart tracking tag and app to help people keep track of their belongings.

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When Ideas Percolate

How one couple in the Philippines turned their love for coffee into a micro enterprise. How many people dream of getting paid to do what they love? One coffee-loving couple based in the Philippines decided to take their hobby to market by founding JRED Food Processing (JRED), a family-owned, coffee processing business located in the heart of Malitbog, Bukidnon, in the Northern Mindanao region of the Philippines.

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Rethinking Wind Energy

Vortex Bladeless S.L. develops and markets bladeless wind turbines that do not need the shaft, gears, bearings or mechanisms normally worn out by friction. This technology is based on aeroelastic resonance, which allows the turbine to harness the energy of forming vortices. A bladeless wind turbine consists of a vertical cylinder fixed with an elastic rod embedded in the ground.