Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Switzerland leads on innovation, UNICEF ‘lifelines’ for Yemen, Ebola latest, Liberia peacekeepers

Our main stories today: the latest Global Innovation Index ranks Switzerland the world’s most innovative country, the head of the UN Mission in DRC warns of a ‘deadly environment’ for health workers, UNICEF delivers cash for 9 million vulnerable Yemeni families, acting head of UNAIDS says battle against HIV/ AIDS is “far from over”.

Switzerland ranked as most innovative country in new UN report

The World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO, named Switzerland as the world’s most innovative country on Wednesday, during the launch of its latest Global Innovation Index, (GII) in the Indian capital New Delhi.

News in Brief 31 January 2019

  • Syria: ‘Violence, displacement’ and cold kill 11 infants ‘in the past two days’
  • Boom in Artificial Intelligence patents, points to ‘quantum leap’ in tech
  • UN appeals for more than $162 million in aid to Ukraine
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Women’s innovation, creativity take center stage on World Intellectual Property Day

The United Nations agency behind  World Intellectual Property Day is calling for greater participation of women in the field of innovation and creativity to reap maximum benefits for society.

On World Intellectual Property Day, UN celebrates movies, filmmaking

Film tastes are as varied as the people around the world watching them, and as cinematic excellence sprouts up in dozens of countries, the United Nations and the global intellectual property (IP) system are helping to keep the reels rolling by supporting filmmaking through this year's theme for World Intellectual Property Day –“Movies – A Global Passion.”

UN intellectual property agency urges better access to markets for developing-countries

The United Nations agency charged with protecting inventions, trademarks, industrial designs and copyright called today for better linkages between creators in developing countries and online marketplaces to more-easily reach audiences beyond their borders.

On World Intellectual Property Day, UN honours creativity and innovation

The world of tomorrow is being imagined by creative innovators of today, the head of the United Nations intellectual property agency said marking World Intellectual Property Day.

Soaring revenues from intellectual property rights, UN report shows

Royalties and licence fees based on intellectual property rights have outpaced global economic growth in recent years to generate an estimated $180 billion in revenue a year, according to a new United Nations report which says growing demand for such rights is stimulating innovation at businesses worldwide.

Efforts to protect intellectual property in digital age make progress, UN reports

The United Nations agency entrusted with defending intellectual property such as trademarks, patents and copyrights opened its annual meeting today reporting progress on issues ranging from audiovisual performances to protecting the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples.

Global trademark and patent registrations rebound, UN reports

The number of international trademark and patent applications rebounded around the world last year after having fallen in 2009, according to intellectual property (IP) figures released by the United Nations today.