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  • The geography of innovation: local hotspots, global networks

    The 2019 World Intellectual Property Report – The Geography of Innovation: Local Hotspots, Global Networks highlights the increasingly collaborative and international nature of innovation. The report traces the evolution of the geography of innovation over the past few decades and reveals a growing concentration of innovation in a few large clusters located in a small number of countries. WIPO’s Chief Economist, Carsten Fink, discusses some of the report’s key findings.

  • The Artificial Inventor Project

    In August 2019, our team (see below) announced two international patent filings for “AI-generated inventions.” That is to say, inventions generated autonomously by an artificial intelligence (AI) under circumstances in which we believe that no natural person, as traditionally defined, qualifies as an inventor. These applications list the AI as the inventor and the AI’s owner as the patent applicant and the prospective owner of any issued patents. The European Patent Office (EPO) and United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) have already evaluated these applications on their merits. Both offices found that the applications meet the requirements of patentability to the extent possible prior to the publication of the applications. The applications have also been filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty – which facilitates the process of obtaining patent protection in over 150 countries – and are currently pending examination in a growing number of patent offices.

  • Recalibrating innovation: science at the center of Africa’s development

    If you stop a young girl or boy in any African city and ask them to name a famous African, the answer will vary from Sadio Mané or Mo Salah to Wizkid. The eyes of some may glaze over as they dream of starring in the next Black Panther movie or of creating a real Wakanda, (Black Panther’s fictional homeland). If you ask the same girl or boy what they want to be when they grow up, they will likely enthuse about becoming a singer, an athlete, or following in the footsteps of Aliko Dangote, Africa’s wealthiest entrepreneur, or Mark Zuckerberg. We want to be what we value. Most will not mention scientists or inventors. Why? Because science or “sciencepreneurship” is not cool. It is not a first choice career. This is what the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) is working to change.

  • Protecting indigenous knowledge: a personal perspective on international negotiations at WIPO

    Ten years ago, WIPO’s member states formally launched negotiations toward developing international legal instruments addressing intellectual property (IP) and genetic resources (GRs), traditional knowledge (TK) and traditional cultural expressions (TCEs). These negotiations take place in an Intergovernmental Committee known in short as the IGC. This article** traces the undulating contours of the negotiations so far.

  • Tackling bad faith registration of domain names in a fast-changing landscape

    The “Dot Com” boom of the late 1990s ushered in the commercialization of the Internet and spawned the expansion of the domain name system. These positive developments, however, also gave rise to the problem of cybersquatting – the bad faith registration of domain names, especially well-known trademarks, in the hope of reselling them at a profit.
 On the 20th anniversary of the implementation of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), which has been highly successful in tackling cybersquatting, we reflect on the origins of the policy and its effectiveness, as well as how it may evolve in the years ahead.

  • Australian court clamps down on the sale of fake Aboriginal souvenirs

    Australian Aboriginal art and cultural expression is of major importance to Aboriginal artists and communities across Australia. “Aboriginal art” in the form of cultural expression is tied to identity, knowledge and connectedness to ancestors, land and sea country that has existed since time immemorial and which has been passed down through generations.

  • When Private International Law Meets Intellectual Property Law: A Guide for Judges

    In the modern economy, market transactions have become more complex, value chains have become more global and the movement of intangible capital, such as intellectual property (IP)-protected technology, designs, brands and creative works, has become more mobile.

  • Boosting business competitiveness in Africa with IP and innovation
  • KidZania: get ready for a better world
  • 3D printing, the Maker Movement, IP litigation and legal reform

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