World IP Day message from WIPO Director General Francis Gurry

Today is World Intellectual Property Day!  WIPO Director General Francis Gurry took the opportunity to call on young people to talk about IP. Here is his message:

World Intellectual Property Day is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution that intellectual property makes to innovation and cultural creation – and the immense good that these two social phenomena bring to the world.

It is an opportunity to create greater understanding about the role of intellectual property as a balancing mechanism between the competing interests which surround innovation and cultural creation: the interests of the individual creator and those of society; the interests of the producer and those of the consumer; the interest in encouraging innovation and creation, and the interest in sharing the benefits that derive from them.

This year the theme of World IP Day is visionary innovators – people whose innovations transform our lives. Their impact is enormous. They can, at times, change the way society operates.

Take the Chinese innovator, Cai Lun. He laid the foundations for the manufacturing of paper – a technology that transformed everything, because it enabled the recording of knowledge. Then there was the invention of moveable type. This was taken up in Europe by Johannes Gutenberg with his invention of the printing press, which in turn enabled the dissemination and democratization of knowledge. In our own lifetimes we have witnessed the migration of content to digital format, and the great distributional power for creative works that has been brought about by the Internet and the development of the World Wide Web – for whom we have to thank, among others, Tim Berners Lee.

Behind many extraordinary innovations there are extraordinary human stories. At a time when there were few female scientists, Marie Curie Sklodowska had to struggle to establish herself as a scientist in her own right as opposed to the wife of a scientist. She also struggled as an immigrant working in another community. Her desire to understand led to the fundamental discoveries for which she was awarded two Nobel prizes in two separate disciplines – in physics and in chemistry – the only person ever to have achieved this.

In the arts, innovation revolves around new ways of seeing things. A visionary artist or a composer or a writer is able to show us a different way, a new way of looking at the world. Bob Dylan, for example: he captured what was in the air and transformed several genres of music, essentially bending the genres of folk and rock music. Or consider architects – like Zaha Hadid or Norman Foster – who are transforming urban landscapes, and beautifying our existence in new ways, while at the same time taking into account the need to preserve the environment.

We are dependent upon innovation to move forward. Without innovation we would remain in the same condition as a human species that we are in now. Yet inventions or innovations – in the health field for example – are of relatively little value to society unless they can be used and shared. This is the great policy dilemma. On the one hand, the cost of innovation in modern medicine is enormous. On the other hand, the need for compassion, and the need for sharing useful innovations, is also enormous.

I believe we should look upon intellectual property as an empowering mechanism to address these challenges.

But we have to get the balances right, and that is why it is so important to talk about intellectual property. On this World Intellectual Property Day I would encourage young people in particular to join in the discussion, because intellectual property is, by definition, about change, about the new. It is about achieving the transformations that we want to achieve in society.

Want to go ghost hunting?

Remember the movie Ghostbusters?

The film stars Billy Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis as three eccentric parapsychologists in New York City, who start a ghost catching business.

For all of you who always wanted to do the same here is an innavative tool to work with: The Ghost Hunting Starter Kit. As written on the kit comes with serveral gizmos.

The EMF meter for example measures electro-magnetic disturbances (don’t be fooled by the TV), while the motion sensor detects activity in complete darkness. Along with those bits, you’ve also got some kind of listening device, a thermometer and a useful how-to book to deliver handy tips.

So catch them if you can…

Coffee made with the help of science

Do you also start your day with a cup of coffee? Here is an innovative idea, which may not substitute George but at least modern coffee machines: The Vacuum Brewer. It´s easier than you might think, just make your coffee with science!

As described on Vacuum brewing is exceptionally effective at extracting all the flavor from the coffee grounds without the more „chewy“ texture of the french press method.

Now how does it work? With vapor pressure! During the process of brewing, the rapid expansion and contraction of gasses pushes the liquid from vessel to vessel.

Want to see how it works? Watch the video below and enjoy…

Time to celebrate!

One, two… in three days, actually this Thursday, organizations from all over the world will celebrate World IP Day 2012. And so does InventorHaus, Inc.!

As Marijan Jordan and Gerhard Muthenthaler, the founders of the company, as well as their team know about the problems inventors face and how important it is to protect intellectual property, they decided to support the World IP Day 2012 to:

  • raise awareness about the importance of intellectual property
  • connect you with other organizations and people in the invention field
  • provide useful tips
  • give you information about the World IP Day
  • publish interesting interviews with people who deal with inventions every day
  • help inventors to bring their ideas and IP successfully to market

World IP Day will also be celebrated with an open house day at the company´s inventor shops in Berlin, Germany (Gleimstraße 31) and Salzburg, Austria (Innsbrucker Bundesstraße 54) on Thursday April 26th from 10 am to 5 pm.

If you are interested just email to and schedule an appointment with one of the company´s professional invention consultants. You can talk about property rights, marketing tools or any other invention issues.

For further information please also visit the website

Color up your invention – but watch out how!

What´s your favourite color? Red, blue, yellow?

Today the United Inventors Association of America released an interesting article about colors and which effect on consumers they have. Being an inventor who wants to give his product the right design colors are very important. Why? Because they evoke emotions.

Red: Sparks ideas of love, passion, heat and danger.

Yellow: Is a color synonymous with happiness

Orange: Retains the energy and welcoming of yellow, while keeping the heat and passion of red

Bright Blue: soothing, cool, and pleasant

Medium Blue: Coldness, feelings of loneliness and depression

Navy Blue: suggests formality, authority, and tradition

Green: Money, wealth, affluence but also nature and soothing.

Black: Commands respect. Simple bold with richness and honor.

Aqua: reminds of peace, calm and still.

So as an inventor designing a product you should also keep the color wheel in mind: choose well and consider which emotions people should get when seeing your finished invention!

Stroller and scooter – all in one

Some of you may say this is a great idea, others won´t have a good feeling. We for our part, just want to indroduce you this invention, without judging.

Babyology says depending on which way you look at it, the Roller Buggy by Valentin Vodev transforms an ordinary pram into a scooter or a scooter into a pram. This clever convertible lets you take to the streets at a cracking pace but switch back to traditional pram mode once you hit a crowd.

Considering the safty issue Roller Buggy has a specially-made hydraulic brake system with two disk brakes that allow to reduce the speed and to stop. There is also a safety belt on the child’s seat. The child should be older than 1,5 years and the speed shouldn’t be faster than 15 km/h. The safety of the child has priority! is written in a product description.

Keyboard sandals

Nowadays it seems, in one way or another, nearly every work is done with the help of a computer. Can you imagine living without a computer again? No emails, no internet, nothing.

No, well luckily you don´t have to. And here´s a funny idea that not only computer freaks might like: Keyboard sandals

Thinking of it, the word „portable computer“ gets a completely new meaning. And these sandals do have an side effect too: While walking around the computer keys that feature raised bumps massage your feet.

Our World IP Day contribution

As we already told you every year on April 26th, World Intellectual Property Day (World IP Day) celebrates innovation and creativity and how intellectual property fosters and encourages them.

This year will participate!

With the web site, we want to…

– raise awareness about the importance of intellectual property
– connect you with other organizations and people in the invention field
– provide useful tips
– give you information about the World IP Day
– publish interesting interviews with people who deal with inventions every day
– help inventors to bring their ideas and IP successfully to market

Check it out, the first articles are already online!

Where inventors meet

Have you already heard about it? The Florida Regional Independent Inventors Conference will be held from April 27th until April 28th 2012, in Tampa at the Embassy Suites located on the campus of the University of South Florida.

Senior USPTO officials, successful inventors and intellectual property experts will be on hand to provide a wealth of practical advice and information for novice and seasoned inventors.

To learn more about the event just visit the United Inventors Association of America Blog.

The importance of intellectual property intensive industries

Yesterday we told you about the World IP Day. Today we want to show you the importance of intellectual property intensive industries. As the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced in a press release according to a comprehensive report of the U.S. Commerce Department entitled “Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus,” intellectual property (IP)-intensive industries support at least 40 million jobs and contribute more than $5 trillion dollars to, or 34.8 percent of, U.S. gross domestic product (GDP).

“This first of its kind report shows that IP- intensive industries have a direct and significant impact on our nation’s economy and the creation of American jobs,” said Commerce Secretary John Bryson. “When Americans know that their ideas will be protected, they have greater incentive to pursue advances and technologies that help keep us competitive, and our businesses have the confidence they need to hire more workers. That is why this Administration’s efforts to protect intellectual property, and modernize the patent and trademark system are so crucial to a 21st century economy that is built to last.”

While IP is used in virtually every segment of the U.S. economy, the report identifies the 75 industries that use patent, copyright, or trademark protections most extensively. These “IP-intensive industries” are the source – directly or indirectly – of 40 million jobs. That’s more than a quarter of all the jobs in this country. Some of the most IP-intensive industries include: Computer and peripheral equipment, audio and video equipment manufacturing, newspaper and book publishers, Pharmaceutical and medicines, Semiconductor and other electronic components, and the Medical equipment space.

The report has several important findings, including:

• IP-intensive industries contributed $5.06 trillion to the U.S. economy or 34.8 percent of GDP in 2010.

• 40 million jobs, or 27.7 percent of all jobs, were directly or indirectly attributable to the most IP-intensive industries in 2010.

• Between 2010 and 2011, the economic recovery led to a 1.6 percent increase in direct employment in IP-intensive industries, faster than the 1.0 percent growth in non-IP-intensive industries.

• Merchandise exports of IP-intensive industries totaled $775 billion in 2010, accounting for 60.7 percent of total U.S. merchandise exports.