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Activities of SMEs Division. March 2008 Dr. Guriqbal Singh Jaiya Director Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Division World Intellectual Property Organization Basic Facts about WIPO. WIPO’s Mission:.

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Activities of smes division

Activities of SMEs Division

March 2008

Dr. Guriqbal Singh Jaiya


Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Division

World Intellectual Property Organization

Basic Facts about WIPO

WIPO’s Mission:

To promote the protection of IP rights worldwide and extend the benefits of the international IP system to all member States

Status: An int’l intergovernmental organization

Member States: 184

Staff: 932 from 98 countries

Treaties Administered: 24

Decisions by: GA, WIPO Conference

Guiding Principles: Transparency, Accountability, Consensus

Wipo milestones 1883 to 2007
WIPO Milestones : 1883 to 2007


Internet Treaties



Madrid Protocol



WIPO established


WIPO Convention


BIRPI moves to Geneva


Hague Agreement





Madrid Agreement

Berne Convention


Paris Convention

Outreach and Capacity Building

Public Sector & Policy-Makers

Intellectual PropertyOffices

Building awareness

Entrepreneurs, SMEs, Universities, R & D Institutions, General Public & Civil Society

WIPO’s Activities

Services to Industry


Enterprise and Economic Development

Smes division background
SMEs Division: Background

  • 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”

  • October 2000: SMEs Division established


  • 1. Demystification

  • 2. New audience

  • 3. New Areas

  • 4. Proactive

  • 5. E-Services

  • 6. Partnerships

  • 7. Training the Teachers/Trainers

1 demystification
(1) Demystification

  • National Studies on SME Development

  • Publications/Guides

  • Events and expert missions

  • Website and newsletter

  • Multimedia Product (IP PANORAMA)

  • Original Articles

  • Case Studies

1 demystification guides
(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 Pharmaceutical SMEs (Forthcoming)

1 demystification guides1
(1) Demystification (Guides)

IP for Business Series

  • Making a Mark (Trademarks)

  • Looking Good (Designs)

  • Inventing the Future (Patents)

  • Creative Expression (Copyright)

(1) Demystification (Guides)

  • Translation and/or customization:

  • One or more guides, completed or ongoing in the following 60 countries:

  • Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Bulgaria,Croatia, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Hungary, India, Iran, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia,Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Uruguay, Vietnam

  • 16 members countries of the OAPI (combined, single version)

(1) Demystification (New Guides; under preparation)

  • IP in Franchising

  • Valuation of IP

  • Open Innovation

  • Trade Secrets

  • Photographers

  • Patent Information

  • Trademark Licensing

1 demystification events
(1) Demystification (Events)

  • Special programs, seminar and workshops organized by the SMEs Division in Geneva in partnership with selected associations and organizations

  • Annual WIPO Forum on IP and SMEs for IP Offices of OECD Countries

1 demystification website
(1) Demystification (Website)

  • Website of the SMEs Division in six UN languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese)

  • More than 2.2 million pages views in 2007

  • Contents include sections such as IP for Business, IP and E-Commerce, Activities, Best Practices, Case Studies and Documents

1 demystification newsletter
(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: >26,000

1 demystification cd rom
(1) Demystification (CD-ROM)

  • Marketing and customization

  • E-learning CD ROM (in partnership with KIPO: “IP PANORAMA”)

  • 50,000 copies of the SMEs Division CD-ROM distributed to SME support institutions, IP Offices and others worldwide

1 demystification articles
(1) Demystification (Articles)

  • Some articles recently published:

    • Trade Secrets and Employee Loyalty

    • Introduction of Changes to the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs

    • Clusters of Innovation and Life Sciences

    • University Trademark Licensing: Creating Value Through a "Win-Win" Agreement

    • Independent Existence or Coexistence of Identical or Similar Trademarks

    • SMEs or Micromultinationals? Leveraging the Madrid System for International Branding

2 new audience
(2) New Audience

  • Bringing IP issues to SME events

  • Bringing new business perspective to IP events

  • New partnerships: 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...

3 new areas
(3) New Areas

  • IP and Financing (Business Angels, Venture capitalists, securitization): Intellectual Capital Readiness

  • Accounting and Valuation of IP assets; IP Report

  • 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 tenants of incubators, IP needs of SMEs in agribusiness, biotechnology, handicrafts, software, textiles, tourism, etc

  • IP Issues in Franchising

  • Geographical Indications, Collective Marks, Certification Marks

  • Masters Program on IPRs for SMEs (Caserta, Italy)

  • Courses/Modules on Business Aspects of IPRs for University Students in MBA, Engineering, Biotechnology, International Business, and other programs/courses (based on SMEs Division’s publications and IP PANORAMA)

4 being proactive
(4) Being Proactive

  • Original Content

  • Links

  • Best Practices

  • Case Studies

  • Country Studies

5 e services
(5) E-Services

  • Web site content

  • SME mail

  • E-mail newsletter; monthly

  • Distance learning (IP PANORAMA)

  • Best Practices on IPR Support Services

6 partnerships with
(6) Partnerships with…

  • National and Regional IP Offices

  • National SME focal points in government, private sector

  • Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ICC)

  • SME Associations (INSME); Cooperatives

  • Incubators, Science Parks, Technology Parks

  • Universities; R & D Institutions

  • Private Sector Consultants

  • SME Finance Institutions (including business angels and venture capitalists)

  • Other UN Agencies (ITC, ILO, UNIDO, AfDB)

  • OECD, Multilateral Investment Fund of IADB

6 partnerships for
(6) Partnerships for…

  • Joint events

  • National adaptation/customization

  • Teaching/Training (Training the Trainers)

  • New Guides (LES International: Trademark Licensing)

  • Surveys/studies

  • Expert missions

  • Policy guidance and input