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Top Ten Patent Cooperation Treaty Applicants in 2018

This graphic illustrates the main applicants to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) in 2018 by countries and companies, such as Huawei, Mitsubishi, and Intel, among others.

For an insight into the implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and targeted influence attempts in Europe, read Linda Maduz and Henrik Larsen’s Strategic Trends 2020 chapter here.

The ISN Quiz: IPR – Help or Hindrance?

What do you know about intellecutal property rights? Find out in this week’s quiz and make sure to check out our special report: IPR – Help or Hindrance?


Talking Intellectual Property This Week

Private property sign on unlocked door / photo: great sea, flickr

Intellectual property rights (IPR) were originally created to promote the advancement of science and the arts.

But does today’s IPR system serve the public good?

Our weekly theme this week tries to bring out the intense polarization of the debate over the purpose and usefulness of today’s intellectual property rights system.

Professor Ian Angell from the LSE provides an Analysis of the current state of IPR, arguing that IP legislation has become highly protectionist, stifles innovation and hinders free market competition.

In our podcast interview, patent attorney John Moetteli counters Angell’s main argument and explains how the patent system indeed encourages innovation in a competitive, capitalist system.

Security Watch articles about ‘green’ technology patents, the futility of digital rights management and much more.

Publications housed in our Digital Library, including analyses of IP-related issues in international trade agreements.

Primary Resources, including the WTO TRIPS Agreement.

Links to relevant websites, among them a database that provides access to national copyright and related rights legislation of UNESCO member states.

Our IR Directory with relevant organizations, such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).