Project Title

IP Commercialization for SMEs 

Project Year

2017   

Project Number

CTI 32 2017A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

CTI 32 2017A 

Project Title

IP Commercialization for SMEs 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: General Fund 

Project Year

2017 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

74,932 

Co-funding Amount

31,879 

Total Project Value

106,811 

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)

Russia 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Korea; Mexico; Peru; Philippines; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/01/2018 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2018 

Project Proponent Name 1

Anastasia Gribanova 

Job Title 1

Deputy Head of Regional Integration Division 

Organization 1

Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) 

Postal Address 1

Berezhkovskaya nab. 30-1, Moscow, G-59, GSP-3, 125993, Russia 

Telephone 1

7-495 5316517 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

amigrabanova@rupto.ru 

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

Anastasia Gribanova 

Project Summary

The project is implemented within the “Initiative to facilitate the exploitation of IPRs and innovation in SMEs”, proposed by Korea and Mexico. The goal of the project is the exchange of experience on best practices in IP management and commercialization for SMEs. The objectives of the projects are:

1) to develop a seminar agenda that is focused on IP commercialization where IP commercialization experts from different APEC economies can identify problems that SMEs face in commercializing their IP;

2) to discuss the ways of solving the problems that SMEs face in certain economic aspects of IP field during 3-day seminar in 2018 in Russia;

3) to identify the best practices on IP management and commercialization for SMEs and further activities to address the needs of SMEs in the IP field in APEC region. 

Representatives of government authorities (policy makers/ government officials), non-governmental organizations and research institutions, who deal with the SMEs issues in IP field, as well as representatives of associations/unions of SMEs will be invited to take part in the seminar.

Relevance

Nowadays, SMEs face a number of barriers in trading in the APEC region. In the field of intellectual property (IP) the main challenges for SMEs, especially in the developing economies, are related to IP utilization. There is a lack of easily accessible information and tools for carrying out effective management and commercialization of IP assets owned by SMEs. In order to reduce the barriers and enhance SMEs competitiveness, APEC economies should facilitate SMEs capacity in building up effective IP management and commercialization.

The project suggests APEC economies to discuss the ways of solving the problems that SMEs face in certain economic aspects of IP field, such as IP commercialization, IP marketing, reduction of innovation risks in IP management, search and training of personnel, technology transfer, patenting abroad, collaboration of SMEs and large businesses.

It will allow identifying best practices for SMEs on IP management and commercialization as well as further steps and activities to address the needs of SMEs in the IP field in APEC region.

The project is implemented within the “Initiative to facilitate the exploitation of IPRs and innovation in SMEs”, proposed by Korea and Mexico. The main goal of the Initiative is to stimulate and promote innovation in SMEs and facilitate the creation of IPR for the development of the APEC region. A number of APEC economies make great efforts under the Initiative and implement a number of relevant projects focused on various IP aspects, the outputs and outcomes of which will be actively used when implementing the present project.

The project corresponds to Rank 1 of Funding criteria for all APEC-funded projects in 2017, as the project directly relates to:

- “Strengthening innovation capacities and competitiveness of MSMEs and MSMEs insertion in GVCs” (the main beneficiaries of the project are SMEs; the project is aimed at improving their competitiveness by promoting effective IP commercialization by SMEs)

The project also corresponds to Rank 2 of Funding criteria for all APEC-funded projects in 2017- “Protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, including trade secrets” (the main topic for discussion during the seminar to be held within the project is various economic aspects of intellectual property rights).

Objectives

The main goal of the project is to exchange the experience between APEC economies on best practices in IP management and commercialization for SMEs.

Objectives of the project are:

1) to develop a seminar agenda that is focused on IP commercialization where IP commercialization experts from different APEC economies can identify problems that SMEs face in commercializing their IP;

2) to discuss the ways of solving the problems that SMEs face in certain economic aspects of IP field such as IP commercialization, IP marketing, reduction of innovation risks in IP management, technology transfer, patenting abroad, collaboration of SMEs and large businesses, search and training of personnel, during 3-day seminar in 2018 in Russia; and

3) to identify the best practices on IP management and commercialization for SMEs and further activities to address the needs of SMEs in the IP field in APEC region.

Alignment

The project is in line with actions identified by APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade in Ha Noi on May 20-21, 2017, in which they “agree to foster cooperation in the area of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement, raise MSMEs awareness of IP commercialization…”

It complies with the 2017 APEC priority “Strengthening MSMEs’ Competitiveness and Innovation in the Digital Age” ”.

The project fully corresponds to 2016 Leaders’ Declaration in which it’s stated that “Strengthening of MSMEs will imply concrete progress in increasing their innovation capacities and competitiveness, including intellectual property rights commercialization…”

The project also echoes 2016 Joint Ministerial Statement, in which APEC Ministers “recognize the importance of further work to … enhance MSMEs’ capacity on IP management and commercialization for their continuous development, growth and innovation”.

In the 2016 APEC SME Ministerial Statement the Ministers responsible for SMEs “stressed the need for APEC economies to share their experience on how to increase innovation capabilities of SMEs, improve the policy environment for SME innovation and promote SMEs growth through innovation” and “encouraged officials to continue with relevant initiatives and activities, including intellectual property rights…”

The project also corresponds to Part I Section C point 7 “Intellectual property rights” of Osaka Agenda, which states that “APEC economies will … promote dialogue on emerging intellectual property policy issues, with a view to further improve intellectual property rights systems for the social and economic benefit of members”. 

The project directly corresponds to the Action of the APEC 2016 Tasking Statement for 2017 “Further the work to promote cooperation, protection and enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights, in accordance with TRIPS Agreement and enhance MSMEs' capacity on IP management and commercialization for their continuous development, growth and innovation”.

TILF/ASF Justification

SMEs are the main driving force for economic growth in APEC region and their contribution is significant. According to various researches SMEs account for over 95 percent of enterprises in 18 APEC economies both in developed and developing economies. Still, SMEs in developing economies require more support in enhancing their competitiveness and going global as in the IP field the main challenges are for SMEs, especially in the developing economies.

The project is aimed at building the capacity of SMEs in the APEC region in the field of IP management and commercialization through identifying and disseminating best practices. During the seminar the participants will be able to learn the most effective ways of commercializing IP assets and their marketing, how to reduce innovation risks as well as know about personnel training for IP management.

The budget of the Project provides for funding of 2 persons from each travel-eligible economy to ensure the participation of developing economies in the seminar. Besides, developing economies will be encouraged to actively participate in each stage of project implementation to make it more efficient.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The project will result in conducting the 3-day seminar on IP management and commercialization, which will provide opportunity to APEC economies to discuss existing problems that SMEs face in IP field. In particular during the seminar the speakers will touch upon such economic IP aspects as IP commercialization, IP marketing, reduction of innovation risks in IP management,  search and training of personnel, technology transfer, patenting abroad, collaboration of SMEs and large businesses.

The best practices on IP management and commercialization for SMEs will be identified during the implementation of the project through collecting responses of APEC economies to the relevant questionnaire. Specialists in IP commercialization issues from APEC economies as well as from WIPO will be invited to take part in the seminar to share their experience and discuss the identified best practices. IP commercialization issues were not discussed separately in previous projects listed in p. 13 of the Project Proposal. The identified best practices will touch only on this specific issues and thus compliment the outputs of other projects.

SMEs can use the identified best practices as a guideline on how to deal with their IP assets effectively. The best practices along with the presentations of the seminar will be documented and published for the reference of APEC economies. APEC economies will be encouraged to disseminate the best practices among SMEs and other beneficiaries of the project.

Besides, the seminar will help to reveal specific problems of SMEs in IP commercialization and work out recommendations for further activities. The outputs of the project and recommendations for further steps will be presented to IPEG members as well as communicated to SMEWG and PPSTI members by e-mail with assistance of IPEG Program Director. It will be suggested to provide their feedback (if any) on the project outputs or further activities directly to the Project Overseer with copy to the Russian contact point in SMEWG or PPSTI. 

After the seminar the participants will be asked to give their feedback whether the seminar was useful for them. The results of the feedback will be analysed and included in the Completion report.

Along with the Completion report the summary report of the project will be prepared for the reference of APEC economies. The summary report of the project will include the results of the questionnaire, the identified best practices on IP commercialization, presentations made during the seminar, feedback of participants about the seminar as well as suggestions on further activities to address the needs of SMEs in the IP field in APEC region, i.e. all the outputs of the project.

Outcomes: It is expected that the project will raise awareness among SMEs in APEC economies on IP commercialization and allow them to make more profit using the best practices as a guideline. The outputs of the project will help SMEs to learn the effective ways of commercializing their IP assets and applying them in their business activity. Besides, SMEs will know more on how to market their IP, to reduce innovation risks, to patent their IP abroad, collaborate with large business, to transfer their technologies and have personnel highly qualified in the IP field.

Policy makers, government officials and researchers are expected to use the outputs of the seminar to give recommendations to their respective governments/authorities to enhance the existing support for SMEs on the government level or to develop new support programs.

In the result of the seminar PO will present to IPEG members the recommendations for further steps to be taken within IPEG to provide support and knowledge to SMEs in respect of IP commercialization issues. 

Beneficiaries: Policy makers and government officials from IP Offices, ministries\departments in charge of economy\trade or innovation, non-governmental organizations and research institutions, who deal with the SMEs issues in IP field, as well as representatives of associations/unions of SMEs will be invited to take part in the seminar.

Specialists in IP commercialization issues from APEC economies as well as from WIPO will be invited to take part in the seminar as speakers.

The seminar will allow participants to exchange experience and discuss the ways of solving the problems that SMEs face in certain economic aspects of IP field, such as IP commercialization, IP marketing, reduction of innovation risks in IP management, and issues of personnel training for IP management.

It is expected that the outputs of the project will be used by SMEs from APEC economies as well as policy makers, government officials and researchers, who deal with the SMEs issues in IP field.

As direct beneficiaries SMEs will raise their awareness in IP commercialization issues which will be discussed during the seminar. They are expected to use the identified best practices as a guideline in their activity in order to effectively manage and commercialize their IP. 

As the topic of the project – “IP commercialization for SMEs” is a cross-cutting issue, the outputs of the project will be communicated to SMEWG and PPSTI. The members of these fora will learn more about the IPEG activities and will be suggested to provide their feedback (if any) on the project outputs or further activities. They will be also encouraged to disseminate the outputs of the project among SMEs and other interested persons from government authorities, nongovernmental, research and educational institutions who deal with the SMEs issues in IP field. 

The participation of women both as speakers and participants is encouraged (see p. 9 of the Project Proposal).

Dissemination

The best practices on IP management and commercialization for SMEs along with the presentations made during the seminar will be documented and disseminated via the Internet, i.e. published on the official web-sites of APEC IPEG and Rospatent The publication will not have restricted access, thus it will be available for any interested person.

The publication on web-site will not require APEC funding and will be done within existing Rospatent’s web-site funding. Rospatent has an official web-site (www.rupto.ru) both in Russian and English languages and its hosting is funded by Rospatent. We have opportunity to publish the results of the project on the web-site free of charge.Besides, the publication will be communicated to the participants of the seminar and APEC economies by e-mail.

Moreover, the outputs of the project will be presented to IPEG members during IPEG meeting. They will be also communicated by e-mail to PPSTI and SMEWG members with assistance of IPEG Program Director. 

It is expected that the publication will be of use for SMEs from APEC economies as well as for policy makers, government officials and researchers, who deal with the SMEs issues in IP field. APEC economies will be strongly encouraged to disseminate the outputs of the project in their respective economies among SMEs and other beneficiaries of the project.

Gender

The project will be implemented without prejudice to the gender of participants, speakers or contractors. Active participation of both men and women is welcomed.

The questions related to involvement of women in IP commercialization will be included in the questionnaire for identification of best practices. The results of the questionnaire will be presented and discussed during one of the sessions of the seminar devoted to the engagement of women in IP commercialization processes.

To ensure the balance in gender APEC economies will be encouraged to nominate at least 1 female participant to take part in the seminar. It is expected that there will be at least 2 female speakers from Russia. 

Moreover, it should be noted that the Project Overseer is female and she will monitor the involvement of women in the implementation of each stage of the project.

Work Plan

Timeline

Activity

Output

December 2017-January 2018

Identification of a contractor

Contractor is identified and hired for implementation of the Project

January– April 2018

Preparation activities for the seminar: development, dissemination and analysis of the questionnaire to identify best practices on IP commercialization  development of the program of the seminar and hand-out materials, identification and invitation of speakers.

The analysis of APEC economies responses to the questionnaire and identified best practices on IP commercialization, the program of the seminar developed and approved by APEC economies; speakers from APEC economies and WIPO invited in accordance with the program; hand-out materials to be tabled during the seminar. 

May – July 2018

Organization of the seminar: invitation of participants, arrangement of venue and equipment, organization of participants’ and speakers’ travel and accommodation

Arranged venue and equipment in accordance with the APEC requirements; APEC economies are invited to participate in the seminar; travel and accommodation arranged for speakers and participants from travel-eligible APEC economies; support in arranging travel and accommodation provided for other participants. 

August / September 2018

Holding 3-day seminar

Seminar held in accordance with the program; best practices on IP management and commercialization for SMEs discussed and amended (if necessary) and recommendations on further steps and activities worked out

October – November 2018

Documentation and publication of the best practices on IP management and commercialization for SMEs and presentations of the seminar

The best practices and presentations of the seminar collected, documented and published on the official web-sites of APEC IPEG and Rospatent. The results of the seminar presented to IPEG, SMEWG, PPSTI members. 

December 2018

Preparation of Completion Report

Completion Report prepared and submitted to APEC Secretariat. 

Risks

Risks

Prevention

The content of the seminar does not completely meet the needs of APEC economies

The program of the seminar will be disseminated among APEC economies for approval. Organizers will communicate with speakers to ensure the presentations are in line with the program of the seminar.

Low number of participants

The information about the seminar will be communicated to IPEG, SMEWG and PPSTI members. APEC travel-eligible economies will be strongly encouraged to nominate at least 2 participants and 1 alternate participant.

Delays with arranging travel and accommodation for speakers and participants

The information on travel and accommodation will be communicated to speakers and participants in advance.

Low dissemination of the best practices and presentations of the seminar

The outputs of the project will be communicated to IPEG, SMEWG and PPSTI members. APEC economies will be strongly recommended to disseminate the outputs of the project in their respective economies among SMEs and other interested persons. Besides, the outputs will be published via the Internet on the official web-sites of APEC IPEG and Rospatent. The publication will not be restricted and have free access

Monitoring and Evaluation

The program of the seminar will be disseminated among APEC economies for possible comments and approval. It will allow reflecting all specific aspects of IP commercialization which are of interest for all APEC economies.

The success of the seminar will be measured by the number of participants as well as by the qualification of speakers. PO and organizers will be in contact with APEC economies to ensure the participation of their representatives (at least 2 representatives from travel-eligible economies) and to find highly qualified speakers. Moreover, after the seminar the organizers will collect feedback (in the form of survey) from participants and speakers whether the seminar was useful for them, how they evaluate the relevance of discussion points to the real needs of SMEs in the IP field, what lessons they learned and how the outputs of the project are going to be used by them.

After the seminar PO will report the statistics on participation in the seminar, which will particularly include gender breakdown. As the output of the seminar will be published via the Internet on the official web-sites of APEC IPEG and Rospatent, the statistical data of web-pages hits will be available. The outputs and statistics will be reported during IPEG meetings.

Linkages

At present the following projects are in implementation within the “Initiative to facilitate the exploitation of IPRs and innovation in SMEs” endorsed by IPEG:

-  "Guidebook for SME's IP-Business Cycle" by Korea, which is focused on government policies and programs to support SMEs;

-  “SMEs Innovation: Capacity Building on IP Strategy” by Mexico, which is focused on development of IP strategy for SMEs;

-  “Promoting Innovation through a Mechanism for IP Valuation, Financing and Leveraging IP Assets” by Philippines, which is focused on financial issues related to IP;

-  “Best Practices on Brand Development and IP Protection for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)” by Philippines, which is focused on development of brands.

The projects represent various aspects in the IP field and complement each other. “IP commercialization”, the topic of the present project is one of most important and valuable aspect which we have not discussed separately in previous projects before. During the seminar issues of IP marketing, reduction of innovation risks in IP management, technology transfer, patenting abroad, collaboration of SMEs and large businesses, search and training of personnel will also be discussed. When building up the program of the seminar the organizers will work in close collaboration with APEC economies to avoid any duplication with the mentioned projects.

The members of SMEWG and PPSTI will be informed on the implementation of the project. They will be suggested to provide their feedback (if any) on the project outputs or further activities directly to the Project Overseer with copy to the Russian contact point in SMEWG or PPSTI. They will be also encouraged to disseminate the outputs of the project among SMEs and other interested persons from government authorities, nongovernmental, research and educational institutions who deal with the SMEs issues in IP field.

Sustainability

The outputs of the seminar will be disseminated as widely as possible, in particular published in the Internet with free access, communicated to relevant APEC fora and participants of the seminar. It is expected that the project will raise the SMEs’ awareness in the field of IP commercialization and enhance their capacity therein. As policy makers and government officials are among beneficiaries of the project, it will provide the insight of the current problems of SMEs in IP commercialization issues and encourage them to enhance the government support for SMEs. 

One of the outputs of the project will be the recommendations for further activities to address the needs of SMEs in IP commercialization in APEC region. Such recommendations along with the outputs of other projects implemented within the “Initiative to facilitate the exploitation of IPRs and innovation in SMEs” (1 project by Korea, 1 project by Mexico and 2 projects by Philippines) will contribute to working out the plan of further activities within IPEG to enhance SMEs capacity on IP commercialization.

Project Overseers

The Project Overseer is Ms Anastasia Gribanova, Deputy Head of Regional Integration Division, International Cooperation Department, Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent). 

Ms Gribanova has experience in cooperation with APEC Secretariat and APEC economies and in overseeing 2 APEC projects. 

The contractors and specialists will be identified at the early stage of project implementation.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

The contractors will be chosen at the early stage of the project.

Waivers

A waiver is sought for advance payment for the speakers’ airfare and per diem, for the eligible economies participants’ airfare and per diem. All funded participants and the most of speakers are representatives of the developing economies and have no possibility to travel without the advanced payment.

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