June 2010 No.73  
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Developing countries get free access to patents


The IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters has partnered with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to launch a programme giving industrial property offices and government and academic researchers in developing countries free access to global patent information. The aim of the programme, which is due to launch in September 2010, is to foster global innovation by enabling the development of solutions to the world’s technical challenges.

“On this World Intellectual Property Day, we are honoured to partner with WIPO to enable innovation globally,” said Rob Willows, Vice President of patent office relations for Thomson Reuters. “The intellectual capital of a country should not be limited by its economic status, and with this programme, inventors in developing countries will be able to leverage the world’s leading patent research and analysis solution, Thomson Innovation, so they can innovate more effectively.”

This partnership is to be modelled after WIPO’s "Access to Research for Development and Innovation" (aRDi) initiative, which provides free online access to major scientific and technical journals by not-for-profit institutions in the least-developed countries, and low-cost access to industrial property offices in developing countries. Patent content is a source of rich information when doing scientific research, as the majority of what is contained in a patent application is not yet publicly available elsewhere, and such access will significantly enhance the innovative ability of these regions of the world.

Thomson Innovation, the premier intellectual property research and analysis platform from Thomson Reuters with patent, scientific literature, business and news content, will be made available to researchers through the programme.

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