Intellectual Property

Boom in Artificial Intelligence patents, points to ‘quantum leap’ in tech: UN report

The “upsurge” in patent applications for devices and machines powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the last five years, suggests that it could soon revolutionize all areas of daily life far beyond the tech world, a UN report suggested on Thursday.

Drug patent initiative offers ‘small step’ towards access to medicines: WIPO

Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), tells Daniel Johnson how the Patent Information Initiative for Medicines, a new data-sharing online platform involving the UN and the pharmaceutical industry, could result in more medicines reaching those who need them, particularly in the developing world.

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News in brief 26 April (PM)

Innovation turns problems into progress, UN says on World IP Day

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Global patent filings hit fastest growth in 18 years, UN reports

Intellectual property patent filings worldwide grew at their fastest pace in almost two decades in 2012, driven by China, according to the United Nations agency charged with protecting inventions, trademarks, industrial designs and copyright.

UN agency voices concerns about time and cost of technology-related disputes

Court litigation in technology-related disputes are generally costly and time-consuming, the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reported today, leading more cases to be resolved through alternative means, such as negotiation and mediation.

African political and business leaders focus on intellectual property at UN-backed forum

Using intellectual property – such as patents, trademarks and copyrights – to support African innovation and identity is among the topics discussed today at two major conferences organized by the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

China’s patent office now the world’s biggest, UN innovation report finds

China registered the most patent applications globally last year, leading the world in an indicator that the United Nations intellectual property (IP) agency uses to measure innovation.

Rise in intellectual property filings point to innovation despite economic crisis – UN

Intellectual property filings worldwide increased significantly in 2010, pointing to continuing innovation driven mainly by the United States and China despite the global economic crisis, according to a report released today in Geneva by the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

UN agency hails move to protect African folklore and traditional knowledge

The United Nations agency charged with protecting intellectual property worldwide has welcomed the adoption by a number of African States of a new legal instrument that seeks to protect the continent’s traditional knowledge and folklore.

Trademark owners to benefit as UN-backed treaty enters into force next year

A United Nations-backed global treaty that will ease the process of registering and licensing trademarks is set to become effective next year, having now received the required number of ratifications to enter into force, the world body announced today.