Paving the way for a more inclusive
Industry 4.0

Paving the way for a more inclusive Industry 4.0

There is a significant gender gap that continues to exist in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields around the world. Even though we are seeing an increase in women pursuing these fields at a higher education level, they are still underrepresented post-graduation. With an aim to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science in 2015. More…

What’s new in the IPC 2022.01?

What’s new in the IPC 2022.01?

The new version of the IPC 2022.01 is now live! You will be able to include the new patent classification codes that came into force on the 1st of January in your comprehensive searches in PatBase as they start being assigned. More…

bioinformatics and digital health
Bioinformatics and Digital
Health patents: A rapidly
changing landscape

Bioinformatics & Digital Health patents: A rapidly changing landscape

A recent study by IP firm Mewburn Ellis found the number of patents and applications published within the bioinformatics and digital health sectors has risen significantly over the last 10 years. This surge in computer-assisted healthcare IP protection, particularly in the US and China, suggests organisations need to adapt their IP strategies and ensure their inventions are protected within this rapidly evolving patent landscape.


The real-world effect of diversity of
inventors in Biomedicine

The real-world effect of diversity of inventors in Biomedicine

Over the years studies have shown that more patents are awarded to men than women. Although the gender gap is narrowing it has been reported that only 16.2% of biomedical patents are held by women. Some studies on this topic claim that health and medicine-related innovations more often address men’s health and our society could be missing out on important medications, devices, and technologies that could benefit women’s health. Recent studies highlight the importance of diversity of inventors and the impact this has on the development of diverse innovative solutions that would benefit society as a whole.


EA Patent Pledge: making
accessibility patents free to use

In a bid to make video games more inclusive to people with disabilities, Electronic Arts (EA) has announced a Patent Pledge. The Pledge will give competitors and developers free access to its accessibility-related patents and technology without fear of being sued for infringement. Around 15% of the global population have a disability, making this decision by EA a welcome move to make video games more accessible to all.


Brazilian Supreme Court
Brazilian Supreme Court abolishes
sole paragraph of Article 40

In the nineties, the Brazilian Supreme Court introduced a minimum protection period for patents – the sole paragraph of Article 40.

Article 40. A utility patent will have a term of 20 (twenty) years and a utility model patent term of 15 (fifteen) years, counted from the filing date.

Sole. The term will not be less than 10 (ten) years for utility patents and 7 (seven) years for utility model patents, counted from grant, except when the BRPTO is barred from proceeding with the substantive examination of the application, due to proven pending judicial decision or for reasons of “force majeure”.


Are NFTs the next progression for
patent management and

Are NFTs the next step for patent management and commercialisation?

It was recently announced that IBM and IPwe have partnered to trial representing patents as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as an easier way to sell, trade, or license patents. The aim is to move intellectual property assets onto a digital, centralised and secure blockchain network, enabling easier commercialisation of patents, especially for small or medium enterprises (SMEs). Smart contracts can be attached to NFTs so terms of use and ownership can be outlined and agreed upon without incurring as many legal fees as a traditional IP transfer.


Israel’s growing investment in
intellectual property

In WIPO’s Global Innovation Index 2020, Chapter 12 looks at “Israel’s Challenging Transformation from Start-up Nation to Scale-up Nation”. Israel often ranks at the top in international innovation and entrepreneurship reports, as it boasts more start-ups per capita than any other country. Israel also leads the world in the number of Engineers per capita and by Research and Development (R&D) expenditure by % of GDP and per capita. More…