Friday, 10 June 2016

IP data and applicant names: WIPO moves forward

When working on a large scale, the results of IP analytics can never be better than the available data lets them be. The same is true when drilling down in order to investigate IP activity in a specific technology or commercial sector, or indeed the current and likely future strength of the IP portfolio of a specific intellectual property owner. This is one reason why Aistemos has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Open Register of Patent Ownership (ORoPO), which was launched a year ago at the IPBC Congress in San Francisco [you can check out Aistemos's various blogposts on ORoPO here].

But there is more to the improvement of the quality of data than the voluntary affirmation by IP owners of the IP rights they hold, and this is where we can acknowledge the work which the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has been doing in the somewhat unsexy world of applicant name standardisation. WIPO's International Bureau has announced a Standards workshop on applicant name standardisation, which will take place in Geneva on 5 September 2016, to run in the same week as a series of Task Force meetings under the Committee on WIPO Standards ("CWS", to its friends).

It goes without saying that the standardisation of applicant names will facilitate and enhance our ability to find them when we search for them, which should be to everyone's benefit. This sort of work is more easily done at WIPO level than by voluntary cooperation among national and regional IP rights granting offices, and we wish it every success.

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