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Global Innovation Index 2023: Switzerland, Sweden and the U.S. lead the Global Innovation Ranking; Innovation Robust but Startup Funding Increasingly Uncertain

Switzerland, Sweden, the United States, the United Kingdom and Singapore are the world’s most innovative economies in 2023, according to WIPO’s Global Innovation Index (GII), as a group of middle-income economies have emerged over the past decade as the fastest climbers of the ranking.

World Intellectual Property Report 2024

The WIPR maps 20 years of innovation capabilities around the world, pinpointing how different countries have boosted their economic diversification in the areas of technology, science and exports. The report finds that the key to sustainable growth is to focus policy making on developing local innovation capabilities.

Why are some musicians selling their catalogs while others are buying them back?

Recently Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and Rihanna have bought back the rights to their music, while Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Dr. Dre have sold theirs. What in the world is going on?

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World Intellectual Property Indicators

Global patenting activity soared to new records in 2022 but headwinds are gathering force against further growth, WIPO’s World Intellectual Property Indicators Report (WIPI) showed.

WIPO for Creators: Promoting Rights Awareness

WIPO for Creators aims to raise awareness and increase knowledge of creators’ rights and related management practices, ensuring recognition and fair reward for all creators regardless of their geographical, cultural or economic conditions.

Cobhams Asuquo performing at WIPO, Apr. 29, 2024. (Photo: WIPO/Berrod)

WIPO Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Accessible Books Consortium with Nigerian Performing Artist Cobhams Asuquo

The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) commemorated a major milestone with a celebratory ceremony at WIPO headquarters in Geneva, including a performance by Nigerian artist and singer/songwriter Cobhams Asuquo. ABC was established 10 years ago to deliver books in accessible formats - such as braille, audio, e-text, large print – to people who are blind or otherwise print disabled worldwide.

International Patent Applications Continue Upward Trend

Demand for patent protection via WIPO continued to grow in 2022, led by innovators in China, the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Germany.

Barbie is Everywhere – Here’s How It Happened

The record-setting box office opening of the Barbie movie came with an inescapable wave of Barbie products. As part of an extensive marketing strategy, Mattel has engaged in over 100 partnerships to celebrate the iconic doll.

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