How to prove a digital existence of a file or work?

WIPO announced its new service called WIPO PROOF. It  produces tamper-proof evidence regarding the existence of a digital file at a specific time.

The service doesn’t prove authorship or anything else then the fact that the relevant work or file exists at a particular moment.

This could be useful in different intellectual property disputes where a priority date has to be proved.

WIPO acts as a time-stamping authority by issuing a token (a unique digital fingerprint of a digital file in any format and size) which is generated and stored on WIPO servers in Switzerland. The service doesn’t use block-chain technology for the time being.

The following categories of intellectual property and other files and data can use WIPO PROOF: 

  • Trade secrets
  • Creative works
  • Creative designs 
  • Industrial designs
  • Software code  
  • Research
  • Data
  • Digitally signed document
  • Other

WIPO PROOF tokens do not expire but they are kept on WIPO’s servers for 5 years. This period can be renewed for another 5 years by paying a fee. 

The initial cost of one token which is equal to one file is 20 Swiss francs. A bundle of 10 tokens will cost 190 Swiss francs, whereas 100 tokens will cost 1800 Swiss francs.

You can find more information here.

Source: WIPO and IPKat.

WIPO announced its new Director General

wipo-internship-2017WIPO reports about the election of Mr. Daren Tang as the new Director General of the organisation. He will succeed Mr. Francis Gurry, who has served as WIPO’s Director General since October 1, 2008.

As it is well-known, there was a tension between the US and China about the candidates for this position. The US was completely against the China’s nomination including in the light of the trade conflict between both countries.

Mr. Daren Tang, as a former Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, was accepted as a good choice in that regard.

For more information here.

Happy World Intellectual Property Day 2020

IPDay2020-FB-banner-EOn this day we celebrate the role of intellectual property protection for the development of the societies and economies around the world.

This year WIPO devotes this day to the innovations related to one more green future for all of us.

You can find more information here.

Can I build an IPRs database for free using Asana?

photo-1483058712412-4245e9b90334When you are an owner of intellectual property rights such as patents, trademarks, domains, designs, copyrights etc., it’s not enough only to protect them.

In order to maintain their protection and to take advantage of it you need to know all the time what you have and whether there is something you need to do for its protection and use.

The way to achieve this is to build your own database where to store the whole information about your intellectual property assets.

A database for intellectual property represents an organised way of storing information for all IP assets that one company or individual owns.

The database can include different sections depending on the type of the intellectual property. What is typical for it to have, in general, is an easy access to the relevant information and the necessary flexibility for better efficiency.

So how you can build such a database?

The easiest way, although the most expensive, is to buy a specialized software in the form of an intellectual property database which will allow you to store your information. There are many products in that regard but most of them can break the bank.

If you are a startup company, entrepreneur or just a freelancer who owns some intellectual property, such an option could be impossible.

Is there another solution?

Yes there is. You can build your own database using free services such as Google sheets, for instance. However, you can adapt some of the many productivity and project management apps turning them into a database too.

One example in that regard is Asana which can be used as an intellectual property database completely for free. What’s more, because it is a cloud based solution you will have access to your information from everywhere. In addition you will be able to take advantage of some of its options such as collaborating with your team, IP attorney etc.

If you want to learn how to build such a database you can check this new upcoming course from here. There will be free coupons for early birds.

Brief IP news

news-in-brief1. Intellectual Property Licensing. For more information here.

2. Copyright and Cultural Heritage. For more information here.

3.World Intellectual Property Report 2019 – Local Hotspots, Global Networks: Innovative Activity Is Increasingly Collaborative and International. For more information here

Brief IP news

news-in-brief.png1. World Intellectual Property Indicators: Filings for Patents, Trademarks, Industrial Designs Reach Record Heights in 2018. For more information here.

2. How to protect your brand on social media — seven top tips. For more information here.

3. SP2025: Exchange of views at the European Parliament. For more information here.

Source: Intellectual Property Center at the UNWE. More information can be found here.

Canada Joins the Hague System

canada-1157521_960_720WIPO informs about the accession of Canada to the Hague Agreement for international registration of industrial designs. This makes Canada the 55th member state. The agreement will come into force for the country on 05.11.2018.

As it is well-known the Hague Agreement gives an opportunity for an easier filing of international applications for designs.

The concrete accession is one more step by Canada to facilitate all international applicants of intellectual property after the accession to the Madrid Protocol for international protection of trademarks.