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WIPO launches on-line tool to facilitate access to scientific information

Summary

A new public-private partnership which aims to provide industrial property offices, universities and research institutes in least developed countries with free access and industrial property offices in certain developing countries with low cost access to selected online scientific and technical journals was launched at WIPO’s headquarters on July 23, 2009.

The Access to Research for Development and Innovation (aRDi) program was rolled out by WIPO in partnership with various prominent science and technology publishers including the American Institute of Physics, Elsevier, John Wiley & Sons, National Academy of Sciences, Oxford University Press, Royal Society of Chemistry, Sage Publications, Springer Science+Business Media, and Taylor & Francis. The World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) provided advice and expertise gained from their similar programmes offering access to journals in their respective fields of activity.

The aRDi program will support developing countries in realising their creative potential and facilitate their integration into the global knowledge economy in line with the objectives of WIPO’s Development Agenda. A key recommendation of the WIPO Development Agenda, which seeks to integrate the development dimension into the IP system and WIPO’s activities, calls on WIPO to facilitate “national offices of developing countries, especially LDCs, as well as their regional and sub-regional intellectual property organisations to access specialised databases for the purposes of patent searches.”

The project was launched by WIPO Director General Francis Gurry at the High Level Forum on the Strategic Use of Intellectual Property for Prosperity and Development, which is bringing together on July 23 and 24, 2009 ministers and senior officials from LDCs to explore practical approaches to IP policy implementation for wealth creation and development in these countries.