Thomson Reuters Partners with the World Intellectual Property Organization to Offer Free and Low-Cost Access to Patent Information in Developing Nations

London - 20 September 2010

Researchers in developing countries poised to stimulate innovation through access to Thomson Innovation, the market-leading IP research solution

The IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters partnered with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for the launch of the Access to Specialized Patent Information (ASPI) program at WIPO's headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, today. ASPI will give industrial property offices and government and academic researchers in developing countries free and low-cost access to comprehensive patent information, to foster innovation and participate more fully in the global economy.

Mr. David Brown, president of the IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters, commemorated the program by acknowledging its importance in a speech to attendees, followed by a signing ceremony and press conference with WIPO Director General Mr. Francis Gurry and other dignitaries.

"Some have said that necessity is the spark for innovation, but in many cases necessity may not be enough. Intelligent information, however, can be the fuel for accelerating innovation on a sustained basis," said Mr. Brown. "The ASPI program offers the hope that through innovation - and its protection via intellectual property - developing nations can grow economically, socially, and technically, to foster human welfare and development, and become more integrated within the global knowledge economy."

Innovation is beginning to lead BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and VISTA (Vietnam, Indonesia, South Africa, Turkey and Argentina) nations to advance technically, economically and socially. The economies of the latter have been forecast to grow 25.5 times more rapidly than today's seven most industrialized countries by 2050.

"Patent information represents a critical source of knowledge and insight for researchers and innovators, legal professionals, entrepreneurs, and policymakers across the globe," said Mr. Gurry. The ASPI program will allow developing and least-developed countries to benefit from enhanced access to powerful tools for exploiting this valuable resource under very favorable conditions. The program also represents a pioneering public-private partnership between WIPO and leading patent data service providers, whose generosity and vision have made this program possible."

Thomson Innovation, the premier intellectual property research and analysis platform from Thomson Reuters, will be made available to researchers through the program.

There are numerous countries eligible for free, or significantly reduced, access to Thomson Innovation. The countries comprise three tiers:

1. Group 1 - least-developed nations, such as Cambodia, Haiti and Somalia
2. Group 2 - marginally developed nations, such as Albania and Fiji
3. Group 3 - developing nations, such as Barbados, Libya and Mauritius

Become a bobsguide member to access the following

1. Unrestricted access to bobsguide
2. Send a proposal request
3. Insights delivered daily to your inbox
4. Career development