WIPO Magazine

from January 2005
Last Number: April 2014

World Intellectual Property Organization
ISSN 1020-7074

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Authors, Composers, Artists - Amadou and Mariam

"The fizziest afro-pop blues ever bottled" is how The Observer described Dimanche à Bamako (Sunday in Bamako), the latest album by Malian duo Amadou and Mariam. Released in France in November 2004, the CD went platinum, shot to number two in the charts - the highest position ever achieved in the European music charts by an African act - and won the prestigious Victoire de la Musique. Transcending musical genres, Dimanche à Bamako has made waves in rock, pop, rhythm and blues and world music c...

Committee Meetings

Country Focus: Jamaica Celebrates Innovation; Centenary of the Romanian Patent Office

IP and Business: Quality Patents: Claiming what Counts

Many businesses re-invest a good portion of their revenues in research and development in order to remain competitive. As such, they need to ensure that relevant inventions resulting from these investments are protected and leveraged by patents that serve the objectives underpinning their business strategy. This is not just a question of creating or acquiring a large number of patents in a technological niche. The quality of the individual patents counts. Quality in this sense refers to a pat...

Joining Forces to Combat Counterfeiting

If the global fight against counterfeit was seeking a champion, it has surely found one in Dora Nkem Akunyili, one of the key-note speakers at the November 2005 Second Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy in Lyon, France. A distinguished professor of pharmacology, she was appointed in 2001 to head the Nigerian National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). Since then, Dora Akunyili has waged war against the suppliers of counterfeit medicines with an u...

New Parties to WIPO-Administered Treaties in 2005

During 2005, 45 instruments of accession to, or ratification of, treaties administered by WIPO were deposited with WIPO Director General Kamil Idris. A significant development during the year 2005 was the entry into force of the Patent Law Treaty on April 28, 2005.

News Roundup

PCT Portraits: The Robot Creators

Since the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) began operating in 1978, more than 1.2 million international patent applications have been filed, covering inventions and new technology of every description. This is the third in our series in which WIPO Magazine picks out a few innovations from among the profusion of PCT applications, and looks at the people behind the patents. This time it is the turn of the new robot creators.

Profiles in Innovation: Nokia - Honing IP to Business Needs

Nokia filed over 850 international patent applications in 2005, making it one of the top five users of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). It ranks among the ten Most Innovative Companies in the World in a 2005 survey by the Boston Consulting Group. And it added several more iF Awards in 2005 to its long list of design awards. One of the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturers, Nokia’s ability to stay at the cutting-edge of innovation and design has been essential to its success in this h...

Record Year for International Patent Filings

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