Innovation to combat climate change and help us use the earth’s resources in a sustainable manner is a critical need of our times. There is strong consumer demand for ”green” products and this sector is showing robust growth. This workshop aims to support entrepreneurs with essential, practical and simple tools that will help their businesses grow.
Assistant Director General Edward Kwakwa, Global Challenges and Partnerships Sector, WIPO
The workshop will bring together inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs, as well as industry leaders, to discuss how IP is used as a strategic tool by businesses in their competitive strategies. Eight green technology companies from around the world have been mentored by WIPO’s IP experts in developing their corporate IP strategy. During the workshop, our experts will analyze the business and IP management strategies of these companies and provide feedback on how the different options provided by the IP system can be used to make their products more competitive in the market.
Innovation and creativity is inherent in all of us, it has no race, color or gender. WIPO’s mission is to create the necessary environment that allows innovation and creativity to thrive. Yet many inventors and innovators who have come up with a new product idea, a compelling solution to a pressing societal problem or an improved process that lowers cost struggle to come to grips with the IP system and successfully bring their product to market. They make early mistakes that prove fatal or are quickly overtaken by imitators. We try to support entrepreneurs with information and tools to allow them to make the best decisions for the success of their venture. This workshop is one such effort to build knowledge and awareness on IP management as well as to develop tools that will support entrepreneurs use the IP system for the success of their ventures.
Assistant Director General Marco Aleman, IP and Innovation Ecosystem Sector, WIPO
IP Management checklist
Based on the workshop discussions and outcomes, an IP Management Checklist will be created, a step-by-step approach to determining the IP issues to be considered at different points in the product cycle.
About WIPO GREEN
WIPO GREEN is a global marketplace for sustainable technology, supporting global efforts to address climate change. Through its online database and regional activities, WIPO GREEN connects green tech seekers and providers in order to catalyze green innovation and accelerate green tech transfer and diffusion. To receive regular updates on WIPO GREEN, please subscribe to the monthly WIPO GREEN newsletter.
About IP for Business Division
The IP for Business Division (IPBD) is responsible for developing tools and services and implementing programs to support enterprises maximize their potential through intellectual property. The division works with SME support institutions and other intermediaries and supports the development of innovation ecosystems, including by helping inventors access the patent system and developing the patent drafting profession.
The Division is located in the IP and Innovation Ecosystems Sector, which is responsible for helping Member States strengthen their innovation ecosystem through effective use of the IP system to drive economic growth. It is therefore responsible for providing support to researchers, innovators, and enterprises, including SMEs. Other key focus areas include IP commercialization for business growth; emergence of IP as an asset class; development of advisory expertise on national IP strategies; economic analysis on the role IP plays in promoting innovation and creativity; strengthening ADR and the services provided by the Arbitration and Mediation Center; and providing technical assistance to the judiciary, as well as services related to the legal databases.