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1 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO An Introduction to WIPO and the work of the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division Donna Ghelfi Program Officer, SMEs Division

2 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO Intellectual Property Rights: An Exchange Protection of the economic and moral rights of innovators and creators Public access to the fruits of innovation and creativity

3 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO Intellectual Property Tools Time Limited Territorial Exclusive Industrial Property - patents - trademarks - industrial designs - geographical indications Copyright & Related Rights - literary, artistic, musical works - actors, music distributors, etc. Trade secrets

4 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO Milestones : 1883 to 2004 Paris Convention 1883 1886 1891 1893 1925 1960 1967 1970 1989 2002 Berne Convention Madrid Agreement BIRPI Hague Agreement BIRPI moves to Geneva WIPO Convention WIPO established PCT Madrid Protocol Internet Treaties

5 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO Basic Facts about WIPO WIPOs Mission: To promote the protection of IP rights worldwide and extend the benefits of the international IP system to all member States Status: An intl intergovernmental organization Member States: 182 Staff: 940 from 94 countries (1300) Treaties Administered: 23 Decisions by: GA, CC, WIPO Conference Guiding Principles: Transparency, Accountability, Consensus. www.wipo.int

6 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO Strategic Goals Promotion of an IP culture –to increase understanding of IP –to encourage use of IP system –to enhance respect for IP rights Enhanced Access to IP System –delivery of practical solutions that empower all stakeholders to develop, protect, enforce, manage and commercially exploit IPRs for development IP

7 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO WIPOs Activities Norm- Setting Services to Industry Economic Development

8 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO AIM: Progressive development of international IP law for an IP system that is: –balanced and responsive to emerging needs –effective in encouraging innovation and creativity –sufficiently flexible to accommodate national policy objectives Norm Setting

9 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO Economic Development To maximize strategic use of IP for development by: - updating IP legislation - upgrading IP infrastructure - demystifying IP - promoting understanding of policy options offered by IPS Approach: - tailored to specific national needs (NFAPs, etc. that are coordinated through regional offices).

10 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO Distance Learning Program Professional Training Policy Dvpt., Teaching & Research Approach: Training trainers »Partnerships with Academic Institutions/IGOs/NGOs - synergies for dvpt. »Joint programs/publications, promo. materials Training

11 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO Economic Development Innovators, Creators & SMEs Aim: To improve IP awareness to enable formulation & implementation of: –policies; –programs; –strategies … in order to enhance strategic use of IP assets by innovators, creators, entrepreneurs and SMEs, e.g. through licensing agreements, attracting finance, etc.

12 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO Services Enhancement of global protection systems to further simplify and reduce costs of obtaining protection in multiple countries for: - Patents (PCT): - PCT Reform - E-filing - Trademarks (Madrid System) - Industrial Designs (Hague System) - Appellations of Origin (Lisbon System) - Micro-Organisms (Budapest)

13 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO Services Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) offered by WIPO Arbitration & Mediation Center -- Tailor-made Dispute Resolution procedures, e.g.: - UDRP criteria: - identical/confusingly similar - legitimate interest - bad faith - cost-effective and expeditious procedure : see http://arbiter.wipo.int - WIPO Trademark Database Portal http://ecommerce.wipo.int/databases/trademark/

14 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO The SMEs Division In September 2000, the WIPO Assemblies approved the creation of a substantial new program of activities, focusing on the IP- related needs of SMEs worldwide SMEs Division established in October 2000 Nine professionals and three administrative staff in the SMEs Division of WIPO

15 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO Strategy 1.Demystification 2.New audience 3.New Areas 4.Proactive 5.E-Services 6.Partnership

16 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO (1) Demystification Studies Guides Events and expert missions Website and newsletter CD-ROM Magazine articles

17 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO (1) Demystification (Studies) National Studies (on IP and SMEs) completed or under way in Argentina, Bhutan, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Romania, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Paraguay, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon WIPO Survey of IP Services to Tenants of European Technology Incubators Norwegian SMEs and the IPR system

18 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO (1) Demystification (Guides) WIPO/ITC Guide on Marketing of Crafts and Visual Arts; Role of Intellectual Property; A practical guide WIPO/ITC Guide on Secrets of Intellectual Property: Guide for Small and Medium Sized Exporters WIPO/ITC Guide on Exchanging Value: Negotiating Technology Licensing Agreements - A Training Manual ITC Guide on Exporting Automotive Components ITC Guide on Exporting Pharmaceuticals (Forthcoming)

19 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO

20 (1) Demystification (Guides) Published Making a Mark (Trademarks) Looking Good (Designs) Inventing the Future (Patents)

21 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO (1) Demystification (Guides) Translation and/or customization: Under way, with funding from several sources, in the following countries: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Hungary, Italy, India, Israel, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Morocco, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Tanzania, Tunisia, Vietnam 16 Countries members of the OAPI

22 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO (1) Demystification (Events) Special programs, seminar and workshops organized by the SMEs Division in Geneva in partnership with selected associations and organizations (IASP, INSME, IPI, MOST, WASME) Annual WIPO Forum on IP and SMEs for IP Offices of OECD Countries

23 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO (1) Demystification (Events) WIPO-Italy Forum on Textile and Clothing Industries of the Mediterranean Basin Countries (Prato, Italy - December 2003) Participants from Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey

24 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO (1) Demystification (Website) The Website of the SMEs Division is in six UN languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese) More than 60,000 pages viewed every month in 2004 Contents include sections such as IP for Business, IP and E-Commerce, Activities, Best Practices, Case Studies and Documents

25 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO (1) Demystification (Website)

26 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO (1) Demystification (Newsletter) Monthly e-newsletter in the 6 UN languages (Free) Content includes articles, updates with information, links and documents Launched in August 2001 Total number of subscribers: >19,000

27 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO (1) Demystification (CD-ROM) 50,000 copies of the SMEs Division CD- ROM distributed to SME support institutions, IP Offices and others worldwide Marketing and customization E-learning CD ROM (in partnership with KIPO: IP Panorama) SAARC CD-ROM (in preparation)

28 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO (1) Demystification (Articles) Some articles recently published: –What to do if you are accused of copyright infringement –Tapping into Patent Information: a buried treasure –International trade in technology – licensing of know-how and trade secrets –Intellectual Property and E-commerce: how to take care of your business website –Offshore outsourcing and IP –Savvy marketing: merchandising of IP rights

29 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO (2) New Audience Bringing IP issues to SME events Bringing new business perspective to IP events New partnership: Open door policy IGOs, government focal points, SME support, training and financial institutions, chambers of commerce and industry, SME associations, SME research institutions, private sector institutions, universities, etc...

30 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO (3) New Areas Creative Industries IP for financing (venture capital, securitization) Accounting and valuation of IP assets IP Asset Management, IP Due Diligence and IP Audit Fiscal policies and IP (tax incentives for R&D activities, patenting, licensing etc.) IP services to SMEs by incubators, technology parks, chambers of commerce and SME associations IP needs of SMEs in agriculture, biotechnology, handicrafts, software, textiles, etc

31 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO (4) Being Proactive Original Content Links Best Practices Case Studies

32 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO (5) E-Services Web site content SME mail E-mail newsletter Distance learning (proposed) Discussion forum (proposed)

33 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO (6) Partnership National and Regional IP Offices National SME focal points in government, private sector Chambers of Commerce and Industry SME Associations; Cooperatives Incubators, Science Parks, Technology Parks Universities; R & D Institutes Private Sector Consultants SME Finance Institutions (including venture capitalists) Other UN Agencies (ITC, ILO, UNIDO, AfDB)

34 The Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division of WIPO Thank You Donna Ghelfi donna.ghelfi@wipo.int www.wipo.int/sme/en/index.html www.wipo.org


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