World Intellectual Property Day – April 26, 2013

The theme of this year’s World IP Day is “Creativity: the next generation”.

What is the shape of things to come?

From the weather to the markets to the next big thing in technology or the arts, we all want to know how the world will look tomorrow.

Predicting the future is an uncertain endeavor at best, but that doesn’t keep us from trying. And with ever greater access to information, instant communication, new forms of collaboration and crowd-sourcing, our predictions are becoming more frequent, more outrageous, and more accurate.

We know, for example, that cars will soon drive themselves. That our sight and speech – eventually our brains – will interact more directly with, and effectively control, our computers. Which will in turn become much smaller and be worn on – or inside – our bodies. This will all have a profound effect on how we live – how we think, how we work, how we learn, heal, enjoy.

What used to be science fiction is now fact. But what’s next? What is the future beyond the future? What disruptive technology is now just an idea bouncing around a young engineer’s mind? Who will create the next online sensation that again changes how we talk to each other? What new music will emerge from a garage somewhere to rock the world’s dance floors or unnerve the academy? Who are tomorrow’s great artists and innovators? How are they working; how do they create? And how will they get their creations to market in a world where the game changes, almost daily?

The future? Ask the next generation.

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Release of the Global Innovation Index 2012

For the second year running, Switzerland, Sweden, and Singapore lead in overall innovation performance according to the Global Innovation Index 2012 (GII): Stronger Innovation Linkages for Global Growth, published by INSEAD, the leading international business school, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.

The report ranks 141 countries/economies on the basis of their innovation capabilities and results. It benefits from the experience of Knowledge Partners Alcatel-Lucent, Booz & Company, and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), as well as an Advisory Board of eleven international experts.

The Global Innovation Index 2012

The study shows that the dynamics of innovation continue to be affected by the emergence of new successful innovators, as seen by the range of countries across continents in the top twenty GII ranking, as well as the good performances of emerging countries such as Latvia, Malaysia, China, Montenegro, Serbia, Republic of Moldova, Jordan, Ukraine, India, Mongolia, Armenia, Georgia, Namibia, Viet Nam, Swaziland, Paraguay, Ghana, Senegal; and low-income countries Kenya and Zimbabwe.

“The GII is a timely reminder that policies to promote innovation are critical to the debate on spurring sustainable economic growth,” WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said. “The downward pressure on investment in innovation exerted by the current crisis must be resisted. Otherwise we risk durable damage to countries’ productive capacities. This is the time for forward-looking policies to lay the foundations for future prosperity.”
Top 10 Leaders in the overall Global Innovation Index 2012

The list of overall GII top 10 performers has changed little from last year. Switzerland, Sweden, and Singapore are followed in the top ten by Finland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark, Hong Kong (China), Ireland, and the United States of America. Canada is the only country leaving the top 10 this year, mirroring weakening positions on all main GII innovation input and output pillars. The report shows that the U.S.A. continues to be an innovation leader but also cites relative shortfalls in areas such as education, human resources and innovation outputs as causing a drop in its innovation ranking.

Top 10 Leaders in the Global Innovation Index

1. Switzerland
2. Sweden
3. Singapore
4. Finland
5. United Kingdom
6. Netherlands
7. Denmark
8. Hong Kong (China)
9. Ireland
1o.United States of America

Regional leaders in the overall GII and the BRIC countries

The leaders in their regions are: Switzerland in Europe, the US in Northern America, Singapore in South East Asia and Oceania, Israel in Northern Africa and Western Asia, Chile in Latin America and the Caribbean, India in Central and Southern Asia, and Mauritius in Sub-Saharan Africa. Among low-income economies the leader is Kenya.

Soumitra Dutta, Roland Berger Professor of Business and Technology at INSEAD and the founder of the GII noted, “The GII seeks to update and improve the way innovation is measured. Today’s definitions must capture an environment which is context-driven, problem-focused and interdisciplinary. The 2012 variables were broadened in an effort to find the right mix which captures innovation as it happens today.”

The report notes a need for the BRIC countries (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, and China) to invest further in their innovation capabilities to live up to their expected potential. China’s performance on the key knowledge and technology outputs pillar is outpaced only by Switzerland, Sweden, Singapore, and Finland. However, the report notes that both China and India have weaknesses in their innovation infrastructure and environment. The report also notes that Brazil has suffered the largest drop among the BRICs.

“Innovation is becoming the spearhead of competition – at a regional level, on a national level, and for companies,” said Ben Verwaayen, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent. “How to deal with that challenge will determine the destiny of competiveness for all players.”

Top 10 Leaders in the overall Global Innovation Efficiency Index 2012

Complementing the overall GII ranking, the Global Innovation Efficiency Index shows which countries are best in transforming given innovation inputs into innovation outputs. Countries which are strong in producing innovation outputs despite a weaker innovation environment and innovation inputs are poised to rank high in this “efficiency” index.

In the Global Innovation Efficiency Index, China and India lead the top 10 league of countries. Four of the top 10 countries in the Efficiency Index are lower-middle income countries.
Top 10 in the Global Innovation Efficiency Index

1. China
2. India
3. Republic of Moldova
4. Malta
5. Switzerland
6. Paraguay
7. Serbia
8. Estonia
9. Netherlands
10. Sri Lanka

“Developed economies must continue to strengthen and develop linkages amongst stakeholders in the innovation landscape to stay ahead in strategic sectors,” said Per-Ola Karlsson, Senior Partner, Managing Director of Europe, Booz & Company. “Similarly, developing economies must institute a national model that establishes coherent linkages in their innovation systems. By aligning cross-cutting policies and coordinating the efforts of all stakeholders, these coherent linkages drive the innovation process.”

Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII said, “Every country can aspire to be an innovation-driven economy. The more resource-constrained an economy is, the more prone to innovation it actually can be. Importantly, innovation is about acts which improve everyday lives and a journey towards faster-sustainable-inclusive-growth”

Deep innovation divides between countries and regions persist

The GII 2012 shows that a new dynamic of innovation is emerging regardless of deep and persistent innovation divides between countries and regions. The most important innovation gaps exist between countries at different stages of development. On average, high-income countries outpace countries with less income per capita by a wide margin across the board in all innovation performance metrics. Large innovation divides also exist across geographic regions, especially when comparing average performances across high-income countries with those of other regions, such as Africa, large parts of Asia and Latin America.

The Report highlights a multi-speed Europe, with innovation leaders in Northern and Western Europe, Eastern European and Baltic countries catching-up, and a Southern Europe that performs less well.

Comparing the overall GII scores to countries GDP per capita, the report identifies three groups of countries. Among the “innovation leaders” are high-income countries such as Switzerland, the Nordic countries, Singapore, UK, Netherlands, Hong Kong (China), Ireland, USA, Luxembourg, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Malta, Israel, Estonia, Belgium, Republic of Korea, France, Japan, Slovenia, Czech Republic, and Hungary, which have succeeded in creating innovation ecosystems where investments in human capital thrive in fertile and stable innovation infrastructures favorable to knowledge, technology and creative outputs.

The group of “innovation learners” – middle-income countries – includes Latvia, Malaysia, China, Montenegro, Serbia, Republic of Moldova, Jordan, Ukraine, India, Mongolia, Armenia, Georgia, Namibia, Viet Nam, Swaziland, Paraguay, Ghana, and Senegal. Among low-income countries, Kenya, and Zimbabwe stand out.

These middle- and low-income economies demonstrate rising levels of innovation achievement as a result of improvements in institutional frameworks, a skilled labour force, better innovation infrastructures, a deeper integration with global financial and other markets, and a sophisticated business community — even if progress in these dimensions is not uniform across all segments of the country.

“Innovation underperformers” are countries with weaknesses in their innovation systems. They include a mix of high-income as well as middle-income countries as shown in the chart above.

The theme of this year’s GII report, ‘Stronger innovation linkages for global growth’, underlines the importance of productive interactions among innovation actors—firms, the public sector, academia, and society—in modern innovation ecosystems. Download the full report PDF, Global Innovation Index 2012 or additional highlights, economy profiles and rankings.

GII 2012 Middle East analysis – For the second year running two Middle Eastern countries have been named among the top 40 most innovative countries in the world, while rising star Jordan came in at 21 for innovation efficiency.

Four Regional U.S. Patent Offices To Speed Up the Patent Process

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced plans to open regional USPTO offices in or around Dallas, Texas, Denver, Colorado, and Silicon Valley, California. These offices are in addition to the already-announced first USPTO satellite office to open on July 13 in Detroit, Michigan. The four offices will function as hubs of innovation and creativity, helping protect and foster American innovation in the global marketplace, helping businesses cut through red tape, and creating new economic opportunities in each of the local communities.

The offices will help the USPTO attract talented IP experts throughout the country who will work closely with entrepreneurs to process patent applications, reduce the backlog of unexamined patents, and speed up the overall process, allowing businesses to move their innovation to market more quickly, and giving them more room to create new jobs.

Selection of the four sites was based upon a comprehensive analysis of criteria including geographical diversity, regional economic impact, ability to recruit and retain employees, and the ability to engage the intellectual property community.

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA), signed into law by President Obama in September, requires the USPTO to establish regional satellite locations as part of a larger effort to modernize the U.S. patent system over the next three years.

European Inventor Award 2012

The driving force behind the innovation process is people – people with a passion for discovery. Without their inquisitive minds, their quest for new ideas and their creativity, there would be no inventive spirit and no progress. As one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind, the European Inventor Award pays tribute to the creativity of inventors the world over, who use their technical, scientific and intellectual skills to make a real contribution to technological progress and economic growth and so improve people’s daily lives.

Launched by the EPO in 2006, the European Inventor Award gives inventors the recognition they deserve. And, like every competition, it acts as an incentive for other potential winners. It helps to protect ideas and encourage innovation.

In 2012 the award ceremony will take place on 14 June 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark, in co-operation with the Danish EU Council Presidency, the Danish Patent and Trademark Office as well as the European Commission.

Winners are presented with a trophy shaped like a sail, created by German industrial designer Miriam Irle. One of the world’s oldest yet most groundbreaking inventions, the sail is still a symbol of pioneering spirit – a simple technological idea that harnessed natural forces to move man across the oceans for thousands of years.

Each year a different material is used to make the trophy. Awards have in previous years been made from aluminium, porcelain, synthetic resin and glass, fibreC – a type of fiberglass concrete – and arborform – the 100% renewable „liquid wood“.

In 2012, the trophy will be made from translucent concrete, an innovative material combining the strength and durability of traditional concrete with the aesthetic advantage of light reflection. Thousands of fine optical fibres incorporated into the concrete mass absorb the light and reflect it back again.

Awards are presented in five categories:

Non-European countries
Lifetime achievement

For the first three years, only examiners at the European and other patent offices were invited to propose outstanding inventors for the award. But in 2009, the process was opened up to the general public, so now anyone can submit an entry.

After an EPO panel has narrowed the entries down to a shortlist for each category, carefully checking that the related patents are still valid and all the other competition criteria are met, a high‑profile international jury nominates three inventions from each shortlist.

Nominees 2012
European Inventor Award on Facebook
European Inventor Award 2012
14 June 2012
Royal Danish Playhouse
Copenhagen, Denmark

The Patents of Steve Jobs

Are you an Apple fan? Yes? Then here is something you might be interested in! Did you know that throughout his career Apple co-founder Steve Jobs acquired 317 patents? Soon you can see them in Washington D.C.

From May 11 until July 8, 2012 the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center is showing an exhibition called „The Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs: Art and Technology that Changed the World“.

As you can read in the details by visiting the exhibition you also learn about the far-reaching impact of Steve Jobs’ entrepreneurship and innovation on our daily lives,and how his patents and trademarks reveal the importance intellectual property plays in the global marketplace.

The exhibit is a series of 30 4-by-8-foot panels designed to look like iPhones. On view are an Apple Macintosh computer, mouse, and keyboard; a NeXT monitor, keyboard, mouse, sound box, and microcomputer plus an Apple iPod.

If you are interested in the complete list of 317 patents which Steve Jobs had under his name, NYtimes has a pretty good interactive list.

Patente und Innovationen aus China

Gastbeitrag von Dr. Philipp Sandner (Partner von Munich Innovation Group GmbH )

Chinesische Firmen haben in den vergangenen Jahren im Bereich Forschung und Entwicklung enorm aufgeholt. So ist China, was die Anzahl von Schutzrechtsanmeldungen betrifft, schon 2010 auf den zweiten Platz hinter den USA vorgerückt. Waren chinesische Firmen lange nur als flexible und billige Produzenten von im Westen entwickelten Produkten tätig, so investieren viele chinesische Unternehmen heute massiv in Forschung und Entwicklung und sichern ihre Erfindungen gleichzeitig durch Patente ab.


Vor dem Hintergrund globaler Patentkriege, vor allem im Bereich der Telekommuni-kation, sind der Aufbau und die Absicherung geistigen Eigentums immer wichtiger geworden. Die riesige Innovationskapazität Chinas, gestärkt durch die Verfügbarkeit von jährlich rund einer halben Million frisch ausgebildeter Absolventen der Ingeni-eurswissenschaften, wird seit Jahren konsequent vom Staat gefordert und gefördert.

Der rasante wirtschaftliche Aufstieg Chinas ist nicht nur ein Motor für die Weltwirt-schaft und verschafft westlichen Unternehmen volle Auftragsbücher: In China haben sich zahlreiche Unternehmen in den letzten Jahren auf dem chinesischen Markt beweisen können und wagen nun den Gang ins Ausland. Sie produzieren zunehmend hochwertige und innovative Produkte. Vor allem in Industrien wie der Elektronik-, der Solar-, der Automobil- und der Maschinenbauindustrie gehören chinesische Firmen bereits zu den führenden Wettbewerbern oder werden es in naher Zukunft sein.
In den letzten Jahren explodierte die Anzahl der von diesen Unternehmen angemeldeten Patente förmlich. Ein wachsender Anteil dieser Schutzrechte wird dabei im Ausland – also bei uns – angemeldet, was ein weiteres Zeichen für die wachsende Internationalität der Unternehmen ist. Dies lässt auf die geplante internationale Expansion der Chinese Champions schließen.

Trotz der verschiedenen Hintergründe der Unternehmen und trotz sehr unterschiedlicher Strategien beim Weg in neue Märkte, eint sie alle das Ziel, ein international erfolgreiches Unternehmen aufzubauen und eine weltweit bekannte Marke zu werden.

So wurde Geely 1986 von Li Shu Fu, dem Sohn eines Reisbauern, gegründet. Ur-sprünglich ein Hersteller von Kühlschrankteilen, wagte sich Geely an die Produktion von PKW und ging 2004 an die Börse in Hongkong. Um qualifiziertes Personal für die verschiedenen Unternehmensbereiche zu entwickeln, betreibt Geely drei Colleges und die Beijing Geely University, eine der wenigen privaten Hochschulen in China, die staatlich anerkannte Diplome ausstellen darf.
Die Studie „Chinese Champions“ ist im Internet unter abrufbar.

Was beinhaltet die Studie „Chinese Champions“?

– Eine systematische Darstellung und Analyse von Strategien von 21 erfolgreichen chinesischen Unternehmen, ihrer internationalen Präsenz und ihrer Patentstrategie.
– Es wurden chinesische Unternehmen analysiert, die in den Branchen Elektronik, Solar/Photovoltaik, Automobil oder Maschinenbau heute schon eine führende Position auf dem Weltmarkt haben. Dabei wurde insbesondere die Internationalisierungsstrategie, der Bereich Forschung und Entwicklung und der Aufbau internationaler Patentportfolios untersucht.

Gastautor Steckbrief:


Dr. Philipp Sandner

Als Mitbegründer und Partner der Munich Innovation Group GmbH verantwortet er den Bereich der Analyse und Begutachtung von Patenten, um das Verwertungspotential und darüberhinausgehende strategische Optionen aufzuzeigen. Er ist außerdem im Führungsteam einer universitären Initiative, um die Patentvermarktungspotentiale von führenden europäischen Hochschulen zu verbessern.

Message from WIPO Director General Francis Gurry

Today is World Intellectual Property Day! WIPO Director General Francis Gurry took the opportunity to call on young people to talk about IP. Here is his message:

World Intellectual Property Day is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution that intellectual property makes to innovation and cultural creation – and the immense good that these two social phenomena bring to the world.

It is an opportunity to create greater understanding about the role of intellectual property as a balancing mechanism between the competing interests which surround innovation and cultural creation: the interests of the individual creator and those of society; the interests of the producer and those of the consumer; the interest in encouraging innovation and creation, and the interest in sharing the benefits that derive from them.

This year the theme of World IP Day is visionary innovators – people whose innovations transform our lives. Their impact is enormous. They can, at times, change the way society operates.

Take the Chinese innovator, Cai Lun. He laid the foundations for the manufacturing of paper – a technology that transformed everything, because it enabled the recording of knowledge. Then there was the invention of moveable type. This was taken up in Europe by Johannes Gutenberg with his invention of the printing press, which in turn enabled the dissemination and democratization of knowledge. In our own lifetimes we have witnessed the migration of content to digital format, and the great distributional power for creative works that has been brought about by the Internet and the development of the World Wide Web – for whom we have to thank, among others, Tim Berners Lee.

Behind many extraordinary innovations there are extraordinary human stories. At a time when there were few female scientists, Marie Curie Sklodowska had to struggle to establish herself as a scientist in her own right as opposed to the wife of a scientist. She also struggled as an immigrant working in another community. Her desire to understand led to the fundamental discoveries for which she was awarded two Nobel prizes in two separate disciplines – in physics and in chemistry – the only person ever to have achieved this.

In the arts, innovation revolves around new ways of seeing things. A visionary artist or a composer or a writer is able to show us a different way, a new way of looking at the world. Bob Dylan, for example: he captured what was in the air and transformed several genres of music, essentially bending the genres of folk and rock music. Or consider architects – like Zaha Hadid or Norman Foster – who are transforming urban landscapes, and beautifying our existence in new ways, while at the same time taking into account the need to preserve the environment.

We are dependent upon innovation to move forward. Without innovation we would remain in the same condition as a human species that we are in now. Yet inventions or innovations – in the health field for example – are of relatively little value to society unless they can be used and shared. This is the great policy dilemma. On the one hand, the cost of innovation in modern medicine is enormous. On the other hand, the need for compassion, and the need for sharing useful innovations, is also enormous.

I believe we should look upon intellectual property as an empowering mechanism to address these challenges.

But we have to get the balances right, and that is why it is so important to talk about intellectual property. On this World Intellectual Property Day I would encourage young people in particular to join in the discussion, because intellectual property is, by definition, about change, about the new. It is about achieving the transformations that we want to achieve in society.

If you want to whatch his video message please click here.

Geistiges Eigentum muss weiterhin hohen Schutz genießen

Anlässlich des heutigen Welttags des Geistigen Eigentums betont der Erste Vorsitzende des Deutschen Instituts für Erfindungswesen (DIE), Dr. Heiner Pollert, die hohe Bedeutung des Geistigen Eigentums für den Wirtschaftsstandort. „Deutschland ist nach wie vor das Land der Ideen und der Erfinder. Ihre kreative Leistung müssen wir nicht nur weiterhin fördern, sondern auch konsequent schützen“, so Pollert.

Die bestehenden Urheberrechtsgesetze bieten nach Ansicht des DIE-Vorsitzenden eine ausreichende Absicherung vor Nachahmung und Diebstahl. Es komme jedoch insbesondere in der gegenwärtigen Parteienlandschaft darauf an, dieses hohe Kulturgut, das seinen Ursprung im 18. Jahrhundert hat und immer weiter verbessert wurde, nicht auszuhöhlen. „Wir können es uns schlichtweg nicht leisten, unsere Innovationen, die oft genug im Rahmen von aufwändigen und kostenintensiven Forschungsprojekten entstehen, einfach zu verschenken.“
Das Deutsche Institut für Erfindungswesen (DIE) verleiht seit 1952 die Dieselmedaille – den ältesten und bedeutendsten Innovationspreis. Die Dieselmedaillen 2012 werden am 30. November in München verliehen.

Über die Dieselmedaille:
Die Dieselmedaille wurde 1952 ins Leben gerufen. Seitdem gilt sie als höchste Auszeichnung für Erfinder, die mit ihrem Erfolg zum Wohle unserer Gesellschaft beigetragen haben. Die lange Liste prominenter Medaillenträger unterstreicht die hohe Bedeutung der geistigen Schöpfung und des unternehmerischen Er-folgs für unsere Wirtschaft. Berühmte Preisträger sind unter anderem Wernher von Braun, Gottlob Bau-knecht, Hans Vissmann, Arthur Fischer, Anton Kathrein, Sybill Storz, Walter Sennheiser, die Nobelpreis-träger Herrmann Staudinger, Jan Enders, Ernst Ruska und Manfred Eigen, sowie die SAP-Gründer Dietmar Hopp, Prof. Dr. h.c. Hasso Plattner und Dr. h.c. Klaus E. Tschira.

Vorbeikommen lohnt sich!

Seit 2001 gibt es den Welttag des geistigen Eigentums. In diesem Jahr unterstützt die Erfinderhaus Patentvermarktungs GmbH mit Ihren Standorten in Berlin und Salzburg den World IP Tag, der morgen gefeiert wird, mit einem Tag der offenen Tür!

Kommt doch einfach morgen von 10 bis 17 Uhr im Erfinderladen in der Innsbrucker Bundesstraße 54 in Salzburg oder im Erfinderhaus in der Gleimstraße 31 in Berlin vorbei und redet mit einem unserer Erfinderberater über Schutzrechte, Marketingmöglichkeiten und andere interessante Themen rund ums Erfinden!

Mit einer Email an könnt ihr euch im Vorfeld einen Termin sichern! Wir freuen uns auf Euren Besuch!

Celebrating World IP Day 2012

Since 15 years Marijan Jordan and Gerhard Muthenthaler, the founders of and InventorHaus, Inc., deal with problems that inventors face in marketing their inventions. Throughout their long careers as invention advisers and marketers, they have noticed that “for protection there are always places to go for help and consultation, but there are no inexpensive ways for market commercialization.”

To solve this problem they created a site that is available for inventors and combines helpful tools to promote inventions:! How producers, license holders and distributors can be reached and how inventors can bring their idea successfully to market has been answered in a step-by-step guide.
As Jordan, Muthenthaler and their team know about the problems inventors face and how important it is to protect intellectual property, they decided to support the World IP Day 2012 to:
• raise awareness about the importance of intellectual property
• connect you with other organizations and people in the invention field
• provide useful tips
• give you information about the World IP Day
• publish interesting interviews with people who deal with inventions every day
• help inventors to bring their ideas and IP successfully to market

World IP Day will also be celebrated with an open house day at the company´s inventor stores Erfinderhaus in Berlin, Germany (Gleimstraße 31) and erfinderladen in Salzburg, Austria (Innsbrucker Bundesstraße 54) on Thursday April 26th from 10 am to 5 pm.

If you are interested just email to and schedule an appointment with one of the company´s professional invention consultants. You can talk about property rights, marketing tools or any other invention issues.

For further information please also visit the website

About the world IP Day
The event was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to “raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life” and “to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe”. This year´s motto is “Visionary Innovators”. Either with an event or an activity, organizations from all over the world will participate.