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Understanding the dynamics of global value chains for solar photovoltaic technologies

Economic Research Working Paper No. 40

China dominates the global solar photovoltaic (PV) value chain, while 15 years ago the demand and supply were located in few Western economies. In this process, the PV industry has seen a booming demand, drastic price decreases along the supply chain, and fierce competition among surviving companies. This paper seeks to understand how this spatial shift has occurred and its drivers, with a specific focus on the role of intangible assets and intellectual property.

Publication year: 2017

WIPO/PUB/ECONSTAT/WP/41

Intangible assets and value capture in global value chains: the smartphone industry

Economic Research Working Paper No. 41

This report uses data on individual smart phones as well as industry data to identify which smartphone firms capture the most value. It finds that Apple captures most of the industry profits, thanks to its high prices, large profit margins and the volume of iPhone sales worldwide. Apple's success is explained as a result of its ability to develop its own intellectual property (IP) and take advantage of IP created by suppliers through a strategy of selling only a few models at high prices compared to competitors.

Publication year: 2017

WIPO/PUB/ECONSTAT/WP/39

The powerful role of intangibles in the coffee value chain

Economic Research Working Paper No. 39

The paper describes: a) the coffee industry and its GVC structure; b) the role that intangible assets play in value creation from both the supply and demand perspective; and c) the current and potential role of intellectual property tools in creating and retaining value, as well as providing economic upgrade options.

Publication year: 2017

WIPO/PUB/ECONSTAT/WP/38

Intangible assets and transactions within multinational enterprises: implications for national economic accounts

Economic Research Working Paper No. 38

Transactions involving intangible assets within multinational enterprises impose challenges for national economic accountants. In light of the challenges, recent research at the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis aims to identify areas for improving the treatment of multinational enterprises in national economic accounts. This paper summarizes the work and demonstrates implications for gross domestic product – the most widely cited measure in national economic accounts – of the United States.

Publication year: 2017

WIPO/PUB/ECONSTAT/WP/37

A missing link in the analysis of global value chains: cross-border flows of intangible assets, taxation and related measurement implications

Economic Research Working Paper No. 37

Understanding cross-border flows of disembodied knowledge, often associated with intellectual property (IP), is essential to analyzing how modern economies operate. This paper documents how available data to document these IP flows are distorted by various factors, including tax planning by multinational enterprises. It finds that tax-induced mismeasurement could be more than 35%, and greater for individual countries particularly high-tax-rate countries.

Publication year: 2017

WIPO/PUB/ECONSTAT/WP/36

Measuring the income to intangibles in goods production: a global value chain approach

Economic Research Working Paper No. 36

Today's production processes are fragmented across countries and industries. Intangibles play an important role, but their measurement is elusive. This paper proposes a new empirical framework to measure factor incomes in production that spans industries and countries.

Publication year: 2017

WIPO/PUB/944/2017

World Intellectual Property Report 2017 – Intangible Capital in Global Value Chains

The World Intellectual Property Report 2017 examines the crucial role of intangibles such as technology, design and branding in international manufacturing. Macroeconomic analysis is complemented by case studies of the global value chains for three products – coffee, photovoltaic energy cells and smartphones – to give an insightful picture of the importance of intellectual property and other intangibles in modern production.

Publication year: 2017

WIPO/PUB/GII/2016

Global Innovation Index 2016

Winning with Global Innovation

The Global Innovation Index ranks the innovation performance of 128 countries and economies around the world, based on 82 indicators. This edition explores the impact of innovation-oriented policies on economic growth and development. High-income and developing countries alike are seeking innovation-driven growth through different strategies. Some countries are successfully improving their innovation capacity, while others still struggle.

Publication year: 2016

WIPO/PUB/121/2016/3

WIPO Magazine, Issue 3/2016 (June)

The WIPO Magazine explores intellectual property, creativity and innovation in action across the world.

Publication year: 2016

WIPO/PUB/799/2016

Resolving IP and Technology Disputes Through WIPO ADR

Getting back to business

Although an IP dispute can be resolved through court litigation, parties are, with increasing frequency, submitting disputes to mediation, arbitration or other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures.

Publication year: 2016