As a specialised agency of the UN, the World Intellectual Property Organisation aims to be the premier global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. Whilst many individuals, firms, institutions and governments know and use WIPO services, the ways in which it functions, how priorities are set and decisions made are less well understood. Indeed, a diversity of WIPO's stakeholders and member governments express frustration that the organisation's governance is not only complex but at times opaque. This practical guide offers a unique insight into how WIPO is governed, described in clear, readily accessible terms for policymakers, scholars and stakeholders. The guide reviews the origins of WIPO and sets out its current functions and activities, presenting a framework for analysing WIPO's complex governance system.The core of the text will improve the reader's understanding of WIPO in five thematic areas: * Legal foundations, mandate and purpose* Decision-making structures, processes and practices* Financial arrangements (such as income sources and the budget process)* Mechanisms for accountability and control of the Secretariat (such as policies on oversight, audit and evaluation)* Transparency and external relations. The text is accompanied by a number of valuable appendices, including key documents that have to date not been readily available to the public.Written by a leading WIPO commentator, The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO): A Reference Guide is the first comprehensive reference book to illuminate the nuts and bolts of WIPO governance. It will prove an invaluable and handy resource for those who interact with WIPO on any level and to researchers seeking an introduction to how the organization works and why.
Over the past three decades, the make-up of the market value of Standard & Poor 500 companies has changed dramatically. While intangible assets amounted to less than one-third of company value in the mid-1980s, this has almost tripled to four-fifths on average today. A large contributor to this trend is intellectual property (IP) - a situation that is even truer for start-up companies, where IP assets may be the only significant asset a company has for quite some time. It is therefore important that company leaders understand the intricacies of IP strategy and how it is an integral part of a successful business strategy. This guide provides a solid grounding in concepts such as IP generation, IP valuation, portfolio management and the monetisation of IP assets, as well as practical guidance on setting an IP strategy and managing the risks associated with third-party intellectual property. For a holistic understanding, less formal IP assets such as trade secrets and brand strategy are covered in addition to patents and trademarks.
Richard Spinello and Maria Bottis defend the thesis that intellectual property rights are justified on non-economic grounds. The rationale for this moral justification is primarily inspired by the theory of John Locke. In the process of defending Locke, the authors confront the deconstructionist critique of intellectual property rights and remove the major barriers interfering with a proper understanding of authorial entitlement. The book also familiarizes the reader with the rich historical and legal tradition behind intellectual property protection.
Introductory in its approach, this text covers essential aspects of research methods. The author emphasizes major topics, such as experimental design, scale construction techniques, testing reliability and validity, as well as the application of univariate, bivariate, and multivariate tools in data analysis. Step-by-step details of the application of the SPSS, along with screenshots, are included to illustrate the application of tools to analyze and interpret research data. The book covers pre-, quasi-, true-, and complex experimental design forms. Each chapter contains descriptive questions, multiple-choice questions, true/false statements, and exercises.
Designed for use in a four, five or six unit Property course, this casebook applies traditional property concepts in a distinctly modern context. The book begins with fundamental Property principles and concepts, followed by personal property with an introduction to intellectual property. Subsequent chapters cover present and future interests, concurrent estates, landlord and tenant law, real estate transactions, easements, covenants, and public land use regulation (including zoning, eminent domain and regulatory takings, and constitutional challenges based on due process, equal protection, freedom of speech and freedom of religion). The book is accompanied by a detailed Teacher's Manual.
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