|WIPO SMEs Newsletter December 2011|
- by the SMEs Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Major Breakthrough in Enhancement of the Global Patent System: EPO and SIPO Sign Agreement on Chinese-English Machine Translation for Patents
In an unprecedented move to eliminate linguistic barriers in public access to patent information, the EPO and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO) at their annual bilateral co-operation meeting held in Chongqing, signed an agreement which will have a striking impact for the improvement of the global patent system and the dissemination of technological information in the world.
WIPO Report Shows Growing Demand for IP Changes Face of Innovation
A new WIPO publication called World Intellectual Property Report 2011 - The Changing Face of Innovation describes how ownership of intellectual property (IP) rights has become central to the strategies of innovating firms worldwide. With global demand for patents rising from 800,000 applications in the early 1980s to 1.8 million in 2009, the Report concludes that growing investments in innovation and the globalization of economic activities are key drivers of this trend. To access the World Intellectual Property Report 2011, click HERE
Customized Versions from the Camera di Commercio Italo-Argentina-CaCIA of the four IP for Business guides, Making a Mark, Looking Good, Inventing the Future and Creative Expression Now Available on the SMEs Website
Camera di Commercio Italo-Argentina-CaCIA has published in Italian and Spanish customized versions of the four IP for Business guides which are now available on the SMEs Website.
The Italian customized versions of the guides: Making a Mark, Looking Good, Inventing the Future and Creative Expression.
The Spanish customized versions of the guides: Making a Mark, Looking Good, Inventing the Future and Creative Expression.
Customized Versions from Jordan of two of the IP for Business guides, Making a Mark and Inventing the Future Published
The Industrial Property Protection Directorate, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, has published in Arabic nationally customized versions two of the WIPO guides entitled Making a Mark and Inventing the Future.
Customized Versions from Uzbekistan of two of the IP for Business guides, Making a Mark and Inventing the Future Published
The State Patent Office of the Republic of Uzbekistan, has published in Uzbek nationally customized versions two of the WIPO guides entitled Making a Mark and Inventing the Future.
TRAINING/LEARNING RESOURCES ON IP ASSET MANAGEMENT
General Information on Training of Trainers Program, the SMEs Division, WIPO
The SMEs Division of WIPO supports the organization of national Training of Trainers (TOT) Programs in countries that have translated and/or adapted the basic materials on IP for Business published by the Division. The objective of the TOTs is to create a critical mass of trainers in the country with enough knowledge and skills to provide assistance to SMEs on effective IP asset management at a basic level. For more details, please click HERE
IP PANORAMA TM Multimedia Toolkit
The IP PANORAMA ™ multimedia toolkit is now available in Arabic, English, French, Hungarian, Spanish, Vietnamese and Thai versions on or through the SMEs Division’s website.The SMEs Division website is http://www.wipo.int/sme/en/multimedia/
In the article Should I renew the trade mark I’m not using?, The Watermark Journal, Volume 29, Number 2, Page 4, Karen Sinclair discusses several factors that should be considered in taking a business decision about renewal of a trade mark. She suggests that, while a trade mark may have become vulnerable through non-use, this can be addressed by minimal, new and genuine use in commerce.
Authors Kevin G. Rivette and David Kline discuss in the article, Discovering New Value in Intellectual Property, in the Harvard Business Review, January-February 2000, how companies can manage and deploy their intellectual property not just as legal instruments but also as powerful financial assets and competitive weapons that can enhance their commercial success and increase shareholder wealth. While the article focuses on patents, the concepts can be used to manage all forms of intellectual property as a core competence for a successful enterprise.
Films on Asian Innovators
The WIPO Japan Office, in association with Funds-in-Trust Japan-Industrial Property, is involved in the production of short documentaries featuring innovators from the Asia-Pacific region.
Expert Assessment: Don’t Overlook the Marketing Value of Your Company’s IP
In a two-part article written for Marketing News Exclusives, Alec Schibanoff, Vice President of Marketing for General Patent Corporation based in the United States, discusses:
After years of online and offline discussions, international meetings, and many versions of proposed controlling documents, in June 2011 ICANN voted to allow up to 1,000 new top-level domains (TLDs) on the Internet in the near future. Every entity with a commercial interest in the Internet needs to consider its online marketing plan in light of the dramatically new domain name world ahead. This article entitled Decision Time: Trademarks and the New World of Domain Names Is Your Plan Ready? written by the international law firm, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, reviews some important questions that should be considered when creating such a plan.
WIPO Special Seminar: Patents and Technology Transfer
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is organizing a Special Seminar: Patents and Technology Transfer through its WIPO Seminar Series on The Economics of Intellectual Property. The seminar will be held at the WIPO Headquarters in Geneva on December 5, 2011. More information is available HERE
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