The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) roving seminars were held in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth from 20-24 March 2017, and attracted over 330 attendees across the IP profession, tertiary institutions and industry. The three seminars included presentations from WIPO delegates and several of our senior executive staff. Presenters discussed the latest tools and practical tips designed to help businesses protect their intellectual property (IP) in Australia and overseas.
Here is a quick recap for those who weren’t able to attend:
First up, Anjali Aeri from the Patents & Technology Sector at WIPO spoke about the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), which allows users to file a single international patent application to protect their invention in up to 152 countries. Anjali explained the advantages of using the PCT system and shared some new developments, including WIPO’s online e-services portal, multilingual terminology portal and PCT database.
Next, Victor Vázquez from the Department for Transition and Developed Countries at WIPO spoke about the services WIPO provides to help businesses resolve IP and technology disputes without taking legal action. WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center offers alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options, such as mediation, arbitration and domain name dispute resolution. Victor informed the audience about a current collaboration between WIPO and IP Australia to provide ADR services online.
We then heard from Matthew Forno from the Brands and Designs Sector at WIPO. He gave the audience an overview of the international registration system for trade marks: the Madrid System. Matthew explained that the Madrid System is suitable for those seeking protection in multiple overseas markets, wanting flexibility to add new markets, and have a limited budget or timeframes to spend on the registration and management of trade marks. He also introduced the audience to a number of online resources and services related to the Madrid System and future developments.
The final speaker on the WIPO lineup was Yoshiyuki Takagi from the Global Infrastructure Sector. In his presentation, Yoshiyuki spoke about using WIPO’s free global databases and platforms to increase business intelligence. His talk covered key tips and practical advice for using databases such as the Global Brand Database, Patentscope and WIPO Lex.
The seminars concluded with presentations from two of IP Australia’s senior executive staff, Rob Bollard (Sydney and Melbourne) and Victor Portelli (Perth). They both spoke about some of our latest services, including Source IP for connecting businesses with researchers, IP Nova for discovering registered patents, trade marks and plant breeder's rights, our IP Counsellor to China and the new Australian Trade Mark Search.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the WIPO delegates for travelling to Australia from Switzerland to share their knowledge and expertise with us.
Check out the Twitter feed from the seminars at #WIPOau