Project Title

Guidebook for SMEs' IP-Business Cycle 

Project Year

2015   

Project Number

CTI 16 2015T 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

CTI 16 2015T 

Project Title

Guidebook for SMEs' IP-Business Cycle 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

TILF Special Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2015 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

100,000 

Co-funding Amount

150,000 

Total Project Value

250,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Intellectual Property Rights Experts Group (IPEG) 

Topics

Intellectual Property 

Committee

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Korea 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Chile; Hong Kong, China; Japan; Mexico; Peru; Philippines; Russia; Chinese Taipei 

Expected Start Date

01/01/2016 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2016 

Project Proponent Name 1

Kyuseon Yun (new PO wef 2 March 2016) 

Job Title 1

Not Applicable 

Organization 1

Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) 

Postal Address 1

189 Cheongsa-ro, Seo-gu, Daejeon, 302-701, Republic of Korea 

Telephone 1

82-42 4818229 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

qsun0109@korea.kr 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Kyuseon Yun 

Project Summary

For SMEs to innovate, they need a virtuous cycle that creates superior intellectual property (IP) through R&D and generates profit through commercialization via technology transfers, IP financing, and IP valuations that ensure IP is used to its fullest potential.

The aim of this project is to produce a “Guidebook for SMEs’ IP-Business Cycle” to provide IP support policies that will raise the innovation capacities of SMEs and enable them to better access regional and global markets.

Therefore, with support from APEC’s Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG), we plan to compile successful IP policies from APEC member economies in order to develop and distribute a standardized guidebook that will widely disseminate these policies, resulting in vigorous investment and innovative progress that will lead to further economic development and trade expansion throughout APEC.

Relevance

1) SMEs play a significant role in economic development by creating jobs and contributing to the GDP growth of their economy. Therefore, it is essential that SMEs and start-ups receive effective support for attaining proper funding and becoming more competitive, and that they implement IP management and technological innovation strategies.

2) At 2013’s 21st APEC Summit, the following main goal was declared:Enhance our SMEs global competitiveness by improving access to finance and markets, supporting entrepreneurship, accelerating the growth of start-ups, strengthening capacities for business continuity and empowering our SMEs to expand to international markets and to participate in global supply chains.” Furthermore, one of APEC’s priorities for 2015 wasFostering Small and Medium Enterprises’ Participation in Regional and Global Markets.”

3) Since 2014, KIPO has promoted the “Initiative to Facilitate the Exploitation of IPRs and Innovation in SMEs” at APEC’s IPEG, and it conducted surveys on the need for policies that support the creation and promotion of IP.

4) Yet, information on the IP-business virtuous cycle remains limited, including information on IP support policies pertaining to everything from R&D to commercialization via the transferring, financing, and valuation of under-utilized IP.

5) This project aims to evaluate APEC IP support policies in order to develop a standardized IP-business virtuous cycle guidebook that can provide member economies with easy access to detailed know-how on implementing best practices for domestic IP support policies, thereby enabling SMEs to adopt a virtuous cycle of “IP creation -> IP utilization -> IP creation reinvestment.”

6) The following is listed under Rank 1 of APEC’s Funding Criteria:

a) SME development, including access to regional and global markets

b) Protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, including trade secrets

c)  Standards, conformity assessment, technical regulations, regulatory cooperation, and regulatory coherence, including good regulatory practices

Also stressed under Rank 2 are “Innovation policy and research cooperation, including harnessing new technologies for the future, and for green jobs and industries that promote green growth.”

This project will help achieve these goals by increasing SME employee and policy makers’ understanding of IP-related issues throughout the APEC region.

Objectives

1) To survey and analyze information on IP support programs and compile valuable IP support policies and successful cases in order to effectively support SME entrepreneurs and government officials in the APEC region.

2) To provide SMEs with comprehensive reference material regarding IP commercialization in order to effectively convert their innovations into IP rights and to contribute to their local economies.

3) To cooperate with APEC member economies in distributing the guidebook as widely as possible.

Alignment

1) APEC has declared "Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World" as its theme for 2015 and “Fostering Small and Medium Enterprises’ Participation in Regional and Global Markets” as one of its priorities. In addition, this project intends to “enhance our SMEs’ global competitiveness by improving access to finance and markets," as declared in 2013 at the 21st APEC Summit.

2) In 2009, during the 17th APEC Economic Leader’s meeting, it was stated that “We reiterate the importance of comprehensive and balanced intellectual property systems that provide for and protect the incentives that encourage creation and innovation and provide the tools for successful management and exploitation of IP rights.” IP creation and IPR exploitation are key facets of this project.

3) The APEC Osaka Action Agenda stipulates under Part 1, Section C: Actions in Specific Areas, #7 Intellectual Property Rights, “promot[ing] dialogue on emerging intellectual property policy issues, with a view to further improve intellectual property rights protection and use of the intellectual property rights systems for the social and economic benefit of members.”

4) Our aim is “to raise awareness and to reinforce capabilities by sharing intellectual property-related policies,” which aligns with IPEG’s aim to “deepen the dialogue on IP policy.”

5) This project is based on the “Initiative to Facilitate the Exploitation of IPRs and Innovation in SMEs,” and its concept was derived from a survey, distributed by KIPO, which showed that APEC member economies feel the greatest need for more IP support policies.

TILF/ASF Justification

This project will be conducive to the TILF Special Account, and it falls in line with the Osaka Action Plan to “promote dialogue on emerging intellectual property policy issues, with a view to further improve intellectual property rights protection and use of the intellectual property rights systems for the social and economic benefit of members.”

One of our main priorities is to help facilitate capacity-building among SMEs in the APEC region in order to help them create IPRs and fully utilize them in a more effective, easier manner by providing them with a comprehensive guidebook on IP policy.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The output of this project is a comprehensive guidebook consisting of the following:

1) A compilation of advanced IP business support policies, programs, and ecosystems that are well-functioning in developed economies like the U.S., Japan, and Germany.

2) Research on market opportunities, potential, trends, and valuation; for example, adopting the TRIZ methodology, implementing employee invention compensation programs, etc.

Outcomes: 

1) Due to the lack of comprehensive information and materials on the IP business cycle, we hope this guidebook will function as a valuable reference tool for entrepreneurs, SME employees, and policy makers in the APEC region, helping them to be more innovative, as well as better informed about possible business opportunities effective policy-making.

2) For example, entrepreneurs can use the guidebook to assist them with developing IP strategies and facilitating innovative programs. SME employees can ensure their IP is being used to its fullest potential by using the guidebook to research valuable information on commercializing their innovations via technology transfers, IP financing, and IP valuations. After utilizing the guidebook, SME’s can avoid duplication in R&D and also reduce infringement cases, thereby making effective innovation possible.

Policy makers will benefit from using the guidebook to benchmark better systems and learn from successful cases in order to establish programs that will enhance the competitiveness and growth capacities of SMEs.

3) These  policies and behaviour changes will consequently lead to increases in SME IP applications and IP information usage during R&D, as well as increases in technology transfers, IP commercialization, and IP financing. Eventually, a virtuous cycle will be created whereby the founding of small IP-based start-ups throughout the APEC region will be encouraged, and trading and investment opportunities for SMEs will be enhanced.

Beneficiaries: Direct participants and users of this project will include SMEs and governmental policy makers in the APEC region. More specifically, this guidebook will be aimed at IP and business management professionals, including patent attorneys, IP managers, IP management consultants, IP policy-related researchers, IP policy-makers, advisory committee members from related organizations, government officials, etc.

By utilizing the guidebook, APEC member economies will be aided in adopting/adapting best practices for their own IP support policies.

Dissemination

1) The guidebook will be primarily distributed through each economy’s IP office’s website and will be accessible to anyone with a PDF reader. In order to effectively distribute the guidebook, assistance from SME support ministries and IP offices in APEC member economies will be essential. These two government departments from each economy will play an important role in further disseminating the guidebook to the private sectors—for example, the Chamber of Commerce and SME-related associations—of each economy. Therefore, it is crucial to have the IP offices and SME support ministries actively participate in distributing the guidebook. To encourage this, our plan is to include them in a social networking service that allows them to monitor such things as the number of guidebook downloads, subscribers, and page hits. To help promote the site, the release of the guidebook will be covered by newspaper and other journalistic organizations, both in Korea and throughout APEC, and a press release will be posted on KIPO’s official website. In addition, the guidebook will also be promoted whenever possible at various high-profile invention-related conferences, through the operation of an invention booth set up for that specific purpose.

2) This project is supported by APEC’s SMEWG and IPEG, and we will cooperate with these forums in developing the guidebook.

3) The guidebook will be distributed throughout the APEC region free of charge.

Gender

This guidebook will contain gender-free content, enabling everyone in APEC, including female entrepreneurs, to benefit equally. And it exactly fulfils APEC’s concern in the 4th paragraph of the 2015 APEC Women and the Economy Forum Statement “We welcome the recognition by the APEC Leaders of the vital contribution of women to economic development and prosperity of the Asia Pacific and beyond, as well as their commitment to take forward concrete policies and innovative measures to further enhance women’s economic empowerment, and greater inclusion of women in the regional economy, in particular, through improved access to capital and assets; access to markets; skills, capacity building, and health; women’s leadership, voice, and agency; and innovation and technology. We will work to ensure women’s equal opportunities, participation, and benefits in innovative development, economic reform, and growth.”

We will also be in contact with WIPO in an effort to achieve gender equity by distributing the guidebook to female entrepreneurs all over the world.

Work Plan

1) 2016 Jan: Select a contractor through public bidding.

The project contractor will be a specialized institute that has accumulated knowledge from carrying out a number of IP-related international cooperative projects.

2) 2016 Feb: Research on APEC policies for supporting the creation and utilization of IP belonging to SMEs. This can be accomplished with the cooperation of IP offices and SME support ministries throughout APEC.

3) 2016 Mar-Apr: Local research and in-depth surveys of IP policies used by each APEC economy.

Experts will further research the policies and practices of selected economies by visiting them in person. The economies to be visited will be determined according to analyses of the collected data on APEC policies. Three developed economies and two developing economies are expected to be visited.

4) 206 May-Jul: Standardization for regional/national application by APEC member economies and selection of applicable IP support policies
This will be done by a contractor well-versed in the fields of IP management and investment.

5) 2016 Aug-Sep: Draft proposal of the “Guidebook for SMEs’ IP-Business Cycle”

6) 2016 Oct-Dec: Review and supplementation of the guidebook with IP professionals and business officials, and final completion

7) 2017 Feb: Presentation of the complete guidebook and distribution to member economies during APEC meetings

Risks

When researching policies and practical cases all over the world, it is crucial to have governmental assistance from not only APEC member economies, but other developed economies, as well. KIPO has strong ties with IPEG, as well as with other IP offices around the world. Because of the relationships we have established, we expect to be able to effectively manage any unforeseen difficulties.

In terms of utilization, the difficulty resides with SME entrepreneurs that might have low interest in any IP commercialization that requires a mid- to long term investment. Policy makers may also hesitate to take the necessary time to achieve positive outcomes by adopting policies out of the guidebook. Such potential problems can be mitigated through continuous promotion and updating of the guidebook, as well as by having IPEG members responsibly monitor their own economies. Our plan for holding IPEG members more responsible is to provide economies that perform well with more privileges and priority access to seminars or training programs that will be later organized by co-proponent economies, such as the Philippines and Russia, which supported the “Initiative to Facilitate the Exploitation of IPRs and Innovation in SMEs”. A social networking service can be used (as mentioned in the “Dissemination” section) to encourage IPEG members to actively participate in utilizing the guidebook.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The project will be deemed successful when it achieves the following indicators:

1) Increases in SME IP applications and IP information usage during R&D.

2) Increases in technology transfers, IP commercialization, IP-based start-ups, and IP financing. The above statistics will be collected from each member economies’ IP offices and SME support ministries via surveys that will be conducted at the initial distribution of the guidebook, as well as on a yearly basis thereafter.

3) Statistics on the number of guidebook downloads, subscribers, and page hits in each economy will be presented through the social networking service and monitored at each IPEG meeting.

Linkages

Engagement: Mainly APEC IPEG members and the SME Working Group (SMEWG) will be asked to supply information and suggest opinions in the planning phase of gathering data.

Other governments of non-APEC economies and international organizations, like WIPO, that have experience with developing programs and conducting research on supporting SMEs will also be invited to provide consultations on the guidebook’s production. 

Previous work: Previous APEC projects similar to this one are as follows:

a)  Research on the Innovation Promoting Policy for SMEs in APEC: Survey and Case Studies (SME 01 2006, Korea, HRDWG)

b)  Establishing Best Practices on Human Capital Development to Enhance Productivity, Quality Competitiveness and Innovation amongst SMEs: Research and Workshop (HRD 01 2013, Malaysia, HRDWG)

c)  Research and Assessment of Prospects for Development of an Integrated Information Tool to Stimulate Involvement of SMEs of the Asia-Pacific Region into the Global Trade System, Global Production and Supply Chains (SME 05 2013A, Russia, SMEWG)

By analyzing the aforementioned research, we will avoid duplication and build upon work that has already been done.

APEC’s comparative advantage: Why is APEC the best sources of funds for this project?

The “Guidebook for SMEs’ IP-Business Cycle” will reflect best practices for IP support policies.

Our goal is to use the IPEG Forum and the SMEWG to widely disseminate these best practices.

When adopting policies suggested in the guidebook, economies can receive additional aid through expert consultations, as well as training for government officials.

Sustainability

Once development of the guidebook is complete, we need to continuously promote the guidebook and receive help from the governments of other economies in effectively distributing it.

The guidebook will be distributed mainly through each economy’s IP office’s website and will be provided via a PDF file in order to alleviate the need for physical distribution. The extent of distribution and level of interest can be gauged at every IPEG meeting, where well-adopted cases can be shared among member economies. This effort will be done mainly by KIPO, with the cooperation of other co-proponent economies like the Philippines, Russia, and Mexico, which supported the “Initiative to Facilitate the Exploitation of IPRs and Innovation in SMEs.”

Other follow-up activities that can be included once development of the guidebook is complete are SME-targeted workshops and guidebook-based consultations, as well as training for government officials.  Such programs are  currently being planned by the Philippines and Russia.

Project Overseers

The project overseer is Mr. Huiman Kang, a deputy director at the Korean Intellectual Property Office, who, during the last 18 months, has been working on APEC IPEG-related matters, including the “Initiative to Facilitate the Exploitation of IPRs and Innovation in SMEs.”

He will coordinate the overall process of publishing the guidebook while remaining in consultation with the APEC members.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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No 
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