Thomson Reuters Partners with the World Intellectual Property Organization to Drive Global Innovation in Developing Nations

By Thomson Reuters Ip Solutions, PRNE
Sunday, April 25, 2010

Researchers in developing countries to receive free access to Thomson Innovation, the market-leading patent research solution

LONDON, April 26, 2010 - The IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters announced today a
partnership with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to
launch a program giving industrial property offices and government and
academic researchers in developing countries free access to global patent
information. The aim of the program, which is due to launch in September
, 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 honored 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 program,
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 modeled 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

The goals of World IP Day are to raise awareness for how patents,
copyrights, trademarks and designs impact daily life; increase understanding
of how protecting IP rights helps promote creativity and innovation;
celebrate creativity and the contribution made by creators and innovators to
the development of societies; and, encourage respect for the IP rights of

About the World Intellectual Property Organization

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized
agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and
accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards
creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development
while safeguarding the public interest. WIPO was established by the WIPO
Convention in 1967 with a mandate from its Member States to promote the
protection of IP throughout the world through cooperation among states and in
collaboration with other international organizations. Its headquarters are in
Geneva, Switzerland.

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For more information, go to

Laura Gaze, Senior Marketing Manager, IP Solutions, +1-203-868-3340, laura.gaze at, or Gretchen DeSutter, Senior Communications Specialist, Legal, +1-651-687-7450, gretchen.desutter at

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