September 10, 2008

While searching the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for a new blog article topic, I came across a resource previously unknown to me, namely the WIPO free publications list. Although I have blogged several times on free WIPO seminar reference documentation, I was unaware that a separate list of publications targeting various audiences is available to the public free of charge. The publications list (first link below) includes a two dozen references targeting artists, government officials, lawmakers, small- and medium-sized enterprises, traditional knowledge holders, universities and research institutes, and young people, covering a broad range of intellectual property issues. Examples of a few of these publications are directly linked below, including “From Artist to Audience” for artists, “Understanding Industrial Property” for government officials, “Inventing the Future – An Introduction to Patents for SMEs” for small and medium-sized enterprises, and “Successful Technology Licensing” for universities and research institutes. There are also six publications for young people, including comic books on patents, trademarks, and copyrights, as well as a publication entitled “Learn from the Past, Create the Future: Inventions and Patents.” Consider taking a look at some of these, especially those “introduction” publications, as they may be useful to your or your practice when attempting to explain technical IP concepts to clients previously unfamiliar with their particular IP areas of concern.

WIPO Free Publications Webpage: LINK
“From Artist to Audience” Publication (PDF): LINK
“Understanding Industrial Property” Publication (PDF): LINK
“Inventing the Future – An Introduction to Patents for SMEs” Publication (PDF): LINK
“Successful Technology Licensing” Publication (PDF): LINK

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