There are a host of organizations within the APEC region that are working to facilitate technology development and market-driven dissemination and accelerate innovative growth among SMMEs.
APEC SME Innovation Center
The APEC SME Innovation Center has two major goals: one is to help APEC member economies exchange information on SME innovation and the other is to establish cooperative networks among APEC members for SME innovation. To reach the goals, the Center conducts research into policies and practices on SME innovation to identify the best practices. At the same time, it will build networks among stakeholders of innovation and hold training programs and conferences.
IP Australia administers legislation that governs four types of IP rights: patents, trade marks, designs, and plant breeder’s rights. It receives and process patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder’s rights applications, conducts hearings and decides on disputed matters relating to granting or refusing Australian IP rights.
IP Australia works with professional bodies in Australia and overseas as well as with IP offices in other countries and with international and regional organisations to enhance Australia’s role in developing IP systems and processes around the world. The IP Australia website provides extensive information about the various forms of IP that can be registered, options for protecting and commercialising IP, access to searchable patent, trade mark, design and plant breeder’s rights databases, and a variety of targeted IP programs for small business, exporters, creative industries, and the vocational and education sector and schools.
Data.gov.au provides an easy way to find, access and reuse public datasets from the Australian Government. The main purpose of the site is to encourage public access to and reuse of government data by providing it in useful formats under open licences.
Canadian Intellectual Property Office
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office provides a wealth of IP information and services covering patents, trademarks, copyrights, and industrial designs.
The INAPI portal is run by the Ministry of Economics, Public Works, and Tourism of the government of Chile. It provides a rich source of IP information and services concerning patents, trademarks, and multilateral agreements.
China Technology Exchange
China Technology Exchange (CTEX) is a technology transaction service provider jointly established by Beijing Municipal People’s Government, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the State Intellectual Property Office with approval from the State Council. Combining the concepts of “technology + capital + service”, CTEX offers a wide range of low-cost and highly-efficient professional services including the transfer and license of the patent technologies, trademarks, and the other forms of intellectual property.
Intellectual Property Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
The mission of the Intellectual Property Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is to maintain the protection of intellectual property rights to the highest international standards, provide high-quality and responsive patent, trademark and designs registration services to the public in Hong Kong, China, and promote awareness of intellectual property rights of the individual, and a respect for the rights of others.
IPR Service Center
The Hong Kong IPR Service Center provides a wealth of information and links on a wide variety of IP-related topics, including trademarks, patents, designs, and plant varieties.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry website features comprehensive information about the METI’s key policies and initiatives aimed at stimulating innovation among Japanese SMMEs.
The MyIPO portal provides a comprehensive source of IP information and services including patents, trademarks to stimulate innovation among SMMEs in Malaysia.
KiwiNet seeks to increase the scale and impact of scientific and technology based innovation with the aim of providing greater economic benefits to New Zealand. KiwiNet does not carry out research commercialization itself, instead acting as a focal point for collaboration and co-ordination between those who do commercialize research. KiwiNet’s role is to empower people who are involved in research commercialization by helping them to access the tools, connections, investment and support they need.
Papua New Guinea
The Intellectual Property Office of Papua New Guinea (IPOPNG) features a comprehensive source of IP information about patents, trademarks, design and copyright for SMMEs in the country and beyond.
The key functions of the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property – INDECOPI – of Peru are market promotion and protection of consumers’ rights. In addition, it promotes fair and honest competition in Peruvian economy, safeguarding all forms of intellectual property: from trademarks and copyrights to patents and biotechnology.
The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPPHL) is a knowledge-driven government organization that works towards economic, technological, and socio-cultural development by communicating, enabling, and ensuring the effective use of the Intellectual Property System in all levels of society for the creation, protection, utilization, and enforcement of Intellectual Property.
IPI Singapore assists enterprises in matching enabling technology and capability to meet their innovation needs. Established under Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry, IPI focuses on industry needs and translates their innovation objectives into specific technology requirements to enable enterprises to develop new processes, products and services.
IPI connects enterprises to innovation through its team of technology specialists with diverse backgrounds, online and physical technology marketplaces and network of global technology partners. Its personalized support brings together the right people and organizations for collaboration and turns innovation objectives into commercial opportunity.
The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS)
The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) is a statutory board under the Ministry of Law. IPOS advises and administers the Intellectual Property (IP) regime, promotes its usage and builds expertise to facilitate the development of Singapore’s IP eco-system. With IP fast becoming a critical asset in today’s global markets, IPOS aims to be a trusted partner to empower all creators in our knowledge economy. IPOS’ vision is for Singapore to be an IP Hub of Asia.
SPRING Singapore is an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry responsible for helping Singapore enterprises grow and building trust in Singapore products and services. As the enterprise development agency, SPRING works with partners to help enterprises in financing, capability and management development, technology and innovation, and access to markets. As the national standards and accreditation body, SPRING develops and promotes an internationally-recognised standards and quality assurance infrastructure. SPRING also oversees the safety of general consumer goods in Singapore.
The Intellectual Property Office is responsible for formulation of IP policy, enforcement and inter-agency coordination in Chinese Taipei. Its website provides a comprehensive source of information about patents, trademarks, and other related IP matters.
TWTM is an online market place that facilitates transactions between owners of technology IP and potential licensees. TWTM lists over 3,000 patents from over sixty companies and government organizations and has a built up a global network of cooperation partners.
The Department of Intellectual Property website provides a comprehensive source of information about patents, trademarks, and other related IP matters in Thailand.
The National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam is a rich source of information about IP related services, policies, and news in Vietnam.