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Global Innovation Index 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is severely pressuring a long-building rise in worldwide innovation, likely hindering some innovative activities while catalyzing ingenuity elsewhere, according to the GII 2020, whose annual ranking is topped by Switzerland, Sweden, the U.S., the U.K. and the Netherlands.

World Intellectual Property Report 2019

Relying on millions of patent and scientific publication records, this edition documents how the geography of innovation has evolved over the past few decades.

Technology Trends – Assistive Devices

Patent filings related to emerging assistive technologies have grown at double-digit annual rates and are increasingly integrated with consumer goods for the wider public, WIPO’s Technology Trends report found.

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World Intellectual Property Indicators

Worldwide trademark and industrial design-creation activity rose in 2019 even as the number of global patent applications dipped slightly, WIPO's benchmark World Intellectual Property Indicators (WIPI) report showed.

Booming Trade in High-Tech Goods

WIPO’s GII analyzed recent trade patterns in innovation-intensive high-tech goods, finding a recent surge in equipment geared toward remote and mobile work.

Marrakesh Treaty: Bringing Books to Blind People

WIPO's newest treaty helps hundreds of millions of people living with visual impairments around the world.

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  • Traditional knowledge and IP PDF, Press brief:  TK and IP

International Patent Filings Via WIPO Grew in 2020 Despite COVID-19 Pandemic

International patent applications via WIPO continued to grow amid the COVID-19 pandemic’s vast human and economic toll, with leading users China and the U.S. each marking yearly growth in filings.

PCT Inventors

Which famous musicians are also listed as inventors on international patent applications filed via WIPO?

Advancements in Addressing Climate Change

The WIPO GREEN online marketplace has now surpassed 3,000 climate-friendly technologies entries in a milestone for the effort to connect seekers and owners of green technologies.

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