IP at Work

These stories offer insights into how IP is being used by entrepreneurs, inventors and creators around the world, every day to add value to their products, support business growth, create employment and promote economic development.

This week's story

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CDK: driving sustainable fashion in Bhutan

“During the pandemic, we launched our hand-woven raw-silk tego (national dress), one of our original designs. Now you can see copies of it everywhere. It’s really disheartening, because this sort of activity discourages creative people from coming up with new ideas.” - Chandrika Tamang, founder of CDK.

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When Ideas Percolate

“Having a registered trademark helped our coffee rise from its humble beginnings in a small town in the Philippines to now having global recognition. IP can really benefit even the small businesses!” Judith Saguinhon, co-founder of JRED Food Processing

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What Once Was Lost Is Now Found

“Technology is an important pillar for start-ups. When looking to develop new technologies or initiatives with business partners, intellectual property can help facilitate negotiations and other activities that utilize a company's technological strengths.”

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Windpact: Patented Impact Protection Technology

“The reason why we've probably had a lot of success is because the intellectual property that's around that technology is unique and proprietary to us and it gives us a competitive advantage so when we're talking with our clients [they] understand that not only is it a great technology and it performs well but it is protected as well.” - Shawn Springs, CEO and Founder of Windpact.

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Technology and Innovation Support Center Helps Aibo find Its Feet

“After attending several courses provided by our local IP office, I knew patents could help my product stand out from those of competitors who were pushing similar products.” - Zhibo Yao, Founder of Aibo Detection Technology Co., Ltd.

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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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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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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.