Tag Archives: WIPO

China tops patent, trademark, design filings in 2016

(6 December 2017, Geneva) Worldwide filings for patents, trademarks and industrial designs reached record heights in 2016 amid soaring demand in China, which received more patent applications than the combined total for the United States of America, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the European Patent Office. Innovators around the world filed 3.1 million patent […]


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WIPO Translate: cutting-edge translation tool for patent documents extends language coverage

(25 September 2017, Geneva) WIPO’s ground-breaking “artificial intelligence”-based translation tool for patent documents is now available in ten languages, marking an important expansion of the highest-quality service yet available for accessing information on new technologies. WIPO Translate uses cutting-edge neural machine translation technology to render highly technical patent documents into a second language in a […]


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Global patent applications rose to 2.9 Million in 2015 on strong growth from China

(23 November 2016, Geneva) Innovators in China powered global patent applications to a new record in 2015, filing more than a million applications for the first time ever within a single year amid rising worldwide demand for intellectual property rights that undergird economic activity. In total, innovators around the world lodged some 2.9 million patent […]


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WIPO develops cutting-edge translation tool for patent documents

(31 October 2016, Geneva) The World Intellectual Property Organization has developed a ground-breaking new “artificial intelligence”-based translation tool for patent documents, handing innovators around the world the highest-quality service yet available for accessing information on new technologies. Video: DG Gurry on WIPO Translate Video Watch on YouTube WIPO Translate now incorporates cutting-edge neural machine translation […]


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Keeping up the Pressure in Geneva – A report from WIPO

(24 May 2016) At 32nd session of the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), which met earlier this month in Geneva, libraries made many interventions. In particular, IFLA and others made the case for: Parallel Importation – allowing libraries and archives to purchase works from abroad when they are […]


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Two sides of copyright law to be considered by WIPO committee next week

(26 June 2015) The World Intellectual Property Organization committee on copyright is meeting next week with an agenda of discussions on a potential international instrument to protect broadcasting organisations’ copyrights, and at the same time exceptions and limitations to copyright for the benefit of libraries, archives, education, research, and persons with disabilities other than sight […]


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WIPO Pearl launched, a free multilingual terminology database

 (19 September 2014, Geneva)  The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) today launched a new database providing free access to a wealth of multilingual scientific and technical terminology. Through its web-based interface, WIPO Pearl promotes accurate and consistent use of terms across different languages, and makes it easier to search and share scientific and technical knowledge. […]


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Libraries and archives prepare for tense copyright negotiations in Geneva

(26 June 2014)  IFLA reports that copyright negotiations commence once more in Geneva, Switzerland next week at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), where a proposed international framework supporting copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives is likely to be the subject of intense discussion among Member States. The 28th meeting of the WIPO […]


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WIPO launches unique image-based search for trademarks, other brand information

(12 May 2014, Geneva) The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has unveiled a one-of-a-kind image-search function for its Global Brand Database, adding a new feature that allows users to upload an image to search for visually similar trademark and other brand-information records from among the millions of images in the collection. The image-search functionality, which […]


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Librarians, archivists: why an international solution is needed for copyright exceptions

(6 May 2014) Last week, the World Intellectual Property Organization copyright committee ended without agreement on the conclusions of the meeting or its future work, to the dismay of librarians and archivists associations. During the week, numerous representatives of these communities gave vigorous accounts of why a treaty is vital to grant them exceptions to […]


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EU causes collapse of WIPO meeting

(6 May 2014) Discussions by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR) broke down in the early hours of Saturday morning 3 May, after the European Union (EU) attempted to block future discussion of copyright laws to aid libraries and archives fulfill their missions in the digital environment. […]


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US and China drive international patent filing growth in record-setting year

(13 March 2014, Geneva) The United States of America and China drove record-level patent-filing activity via WIPO in 2013 as the number of annual international patent applications surpassed the 200,000 mark for the first time. International trademark and industrial design filings also achieved new record-breaking levels. The total number of filings under WIPO’s Patent and […]


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International discussions on copyright exceptions for libraries and archives re-commence today

(18 December 2013, IFLA) Today, on the third day of negotiations at the 26th meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR) at WIPO headquarters in Geneva, discussions regarding copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives are getting underway. A number of countries including Brazil, Tunisia, Iran, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago […]


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China patent collection added to WIPO PATENTSCOPE

(Geneva, 20 September 2013)  WIPO has added China’s national patent collection to the searchable PATENTSCOPE database, pushing the service past the 30 million record mark and increasing it to 34 national and regional patent collections, giving users an unrivalled geographical diversity of fully-searchable data. With the addition of about 3 million documents from China, WIPO’s […]


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Library Copyright Alliance hails WIPO for landmark victory for the blind

(Washington, D.C. 26 June 2013)  The Library Copyright Alliance applauds the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for finalizing the Treaty for the Blind, a treaty that will allow nations to share or make accessible copies for the print disabled in other countries, who more often than not, have little access to reading materials. WIPO issued […]


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