Secrets of Intellectual Property

A Guide for Small and Medium-Sized Exporters

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Guide in form of questions and answers dealing with intellectual property (IP) issues, aimed at small and medium-sized exporters and trade support institutions – explains basic concepts and principles regarding patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright, confidential business information, and geographical indications; covers questions relevant to ownership of rights by employees, contracting, licensing and technology transfer; highlights importance of IP issues when drawing business, marketing and export plans and strategies, and deals with IP rights protection abroad; looks at link between IP and quality regulations and standards, packaging and labelling, electronic commerce and use of information technology; considers valuation and financial aspects of IP rights; focuses on the application of the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement).

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How can the information obtained from patent databases be useful in business?

‘Patent information’ is the technical and legal information contained in patent documents published periodically by patent offices. A patent document contains the full description of how a patented invention works and the claims that determine the scope of protection. It also contains details of who patented the invention and when it was patented, and provides references to relevant literature. About two-thirds of the technical information revealed in patent processing is never published elsewhere and the entire set of patent documents worldwide contains approximately 40 million items. This makes patent information the single most comprehensive collection of classified technological data on earth.

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