WIPO: Considering Implications of Artificial Intelligence for SMEs and Others

Date: March, 20, 2019 | From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - CET

The diffusion of AI, 3D Print, IoT and Big Data is, to a large degree, global, whereas they become basic building blocks for numerous economic activities. For example, the finance, retail, healthcare and agriculture sectors are increasingly relying on AI tech as their means of production, distribution, marketing and R&D.

Since it is a global phenomenon, WIPO is both committed and well positioned to map current IP legal regimes, to inform SMEs, while bearing in mind that it is up to member states to decide on policy questions and aspects related to the multilateral dimensions.
Because of capabilities to adapt to changes faster, SMEs serve as a laboratory to examine IP aspects raised by AI including issues related to IP entitlements, liability for IP infringement and the applicability of Exceptions and Limitations.

Main observations and challenges to be discussed during the webinar are: 

  • The Big Data IP dimension;
  • Blend of IPRs;
  • Jurisdictional Gaps; and more.

Moreover, in order to provide effective IP capacity building to SMEs, WIPO is committed to identify the impact of emerging technologies on SMEs and the role intellectual property has in this context, and during the session WIPO experts will present the first project on “The Impact of Emerging Groundbreaking Technologies on SMEs and the Role of IP”.

The task goal of this project is to map the current legal regimes, to inform SMEs, including about the open questions and challenges raised by new technologies.


Relator: Mr. Napolitano | Mr. Pessach | Ms. Kachaganova

Deputy-Director, Transition and Developed Countries Department | Director, SMEs and Entrepreneurship Support Division | Consultant, SMEs and Entrepreneurship Support Division | WIPO

Mr. Giovanni Napolitano graduated in economics in 1985 and received his Master’s Degree in Science and Technology Policy from the Science Policy Research Unit (University of Sussex, UK) in 1987. After 7 years spent at the Italian National Research Council working on science policy matters, he joined the Italian Competition Authority in 1994. He worked there in different capacities, first handling investigations in the communications, transport and pharmaceutical sectors and then holding managerial positions as director of the Authority’s Secretariat and of the International Affairs Department. In November 2010, he joined the Intellectual Property and Competition Policy Division of the WIPO (United Nations) where he works on policy issues concerning the IP/Competition interface. Between 2015 and 2017, he was Acting Director of the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Entrepreneurship Support Division (SESD). Since June 2018, he is Deputy-Director of the Transition and Developed Countries Department (TDC).

Mr. Guy Pessach is the Director of the SMEs and Entrepreneurship Support Division (SESD) at WIPO. Prior to joining WIPO, Guy was (now on leave of absence) a Law Professor at the Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in Intellectual Property, Law & Technology and the Creative Industries. Guy was a Fulbright Scholar, Residential Fellow at the Information Society Project, Yale Law School; a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School, City University Hong Kong, UBC and the Center for Transnational Legal Studies, Georgetown University Law School and also an Erasmus Mundus, Visiting Scholar at the Center for Law, Society and Pop Culture, University of Westminster. Prior to his academic career, Guy clerked for Justice Zamir at the Israeli Supreme Court and has worked at the Economic Department of the Israeli State Attorney's Office; The Israeli Antitrust Authority; the Bank of Israel and Private Practice.

Ms. Kasiet Kachaganova is a consultant at SMEs and Entrepreneurship Support Division (SESD) - WIPO, especially focusing on the project on new technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data and their IP implications on SMEs. Prior to joining WIPO Kasiet was a leading specialist at the department of strategic planning and development at the State Service of Intellectual Property and Innovation under the Government of Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzpatent). In 2015 graduated as a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Investments, and received her Master’s Degree in Economics from the Kyrgyz National Agrarian University (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan).

Artificial Intelligence, Robots and SMEs: Possibilities, Problems and Prospects

Date: February, 13, 2019 | From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - CET

When we refer to Artificial Intelligence (AI) we are using short hand to define technologies including natural language processing, image recognition, machine learning (ML), data analytics, cognitive computing, and more. Many observers argue that this AI space has the potential to change everything from industrial processes to social media networks in use today, and for all our futures to be defined by access to these systems.Likewise when we think of Robots we are considering quickly deployable, task-agnostic, smaller, mobile machines that accompany humans at work or at play. Both AI and Robots reflect a radically transformative world of production and service provision through industrial automation. The technological shift that is occurring affects large, medium and small firms, but in different ways. As the world of business relies increasingly on small runs, fast logistics, and flexible operations, how will SMEs be affected? How can the SME population take advantage of these shifts given their resource constraints? This webinar will explore how these new, dynamic technologies can enhance the SME effect positively by being ‘smarter’, ‘healthier’ and ‘richer’ firms equipped with productive AI and Robots. It will also investigate how SME owner-managers can prepare for the disruption of jobs that SMEs specialize in, data management, supply chains, dependence on larger firm contracts, and reduce the threat of being part of a business digital divide of ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ in accessing and using these technologies.


Relator: Prof. Jay Mitra

Professor of Business Enterprise and Innovation, Essex Business School, University of Essex & Adviser to the Board, Forum for Sustainable New Venture, United Kingdom

Jay Mitra is Professor of Business Enterprise and Innovation and Director of the Venture Academy at Essex Business School, University of Essex. He has acted as a Scientific Adviser to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) as the Head of the Scientific Committee on Entrepreneurship for the OECD’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and the LEED (Local Economic and Employment Development) Programme at its Trento Centre and in Paris. He is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Luneburg, Germany, a has been a Visiting Professor at University Externado, Colombia, the Institute of Management Technology, India, the School of Management, Fudan University, and the School of Public Policy at Jilin University, both in China, and at Bologna University, Italy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK. Jay Mitra also leads the International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF) a unique network and forum for researchers, policy makers and business practitioners working on entrepreneurship, innovation and regional development issues (http://ieforums.org). He is the editor of the new Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging Economies’ published by Sage.

Me Too, I can become a Woman Angel Investor!

Date: January, 22, 2019 | From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - CET

Who said angels had no sex? Business angels are essentially male with only 5-15% women investors in angel networks across Europe. Angels may be getting younger over the past years as more entrepreneurs start investing while still in business or retire early but want to play a role as equity holder, board member, mentor and coach for budding SMEs. But women angels remain scarce. And yet their contribution to the real economy could simply double the flows of finance that can support start-ups and scale-ups in Europe. At a time when European feel their ecosystem lags not only the US but also increasingly Asia, when 45% of European nuggets seem to find IPO exits better, simpler and faster the other side of the Atlantic, it is urgent to stimulate female investment and to engage with more women. How to start, how to grow, how to mitigate risks: we will discuss how women can take the step, drawing from unique research on motivation and obstacles to women angel investing across European countries. We will benchmark with the US and share tips for SMEs how to pitch to angel investors, men and women specifically.


Relator: Mrs. Marie-Elisabeth Rusling

CEO & Board Member, Business Angels Europe (BAE)

Marie-Elisabeth Rusling is the CEO and a Board Member of Business Angels Europe (BAE), representing the most active angel networks in Europe and over 43 000 business angels towards the EU and in the early stage investment market. Every year, BAE member networks invest over €2.5 bn in the European economy, funding and accompanying top innovators and start-ups. Based in Brussels for over 20 years, Marie-Elisabeth has coordinated numerous European programmes to support SMEs – from access to finance to internationalisation, from innovation to environment - at EUROCHAMBRES and CCI FRANCE. Leading multinational teams and managing complex expert networks across the EU and beyond she has built solid management expertise and partnerships while acting as a sherpa for numerous European SMEs eager to engage with EU programmes and decision makers. She also coaches start-ups on EU opportunities and pitching to investors, sits on European jury panels dedicated to innovation (SME Instrument II, Youth essay competition). An associate at Low Europe, an EU affair consultancy and a SME founder and director, she also enjoys supporting students in their career choices as an advisor and coach. Marie-Elisabeth holds Masters Degrees in International Management from ESCP- EUROPE Business School (Diplôme des Grandes Ecoles / DiplomKauffrau), and in Literature and Languages from La Sorbonne University. She has lived and worked in Austria, Germany, France and in the UK.

The New Entrepreneurial Revolution

Date: December, 17, 2013 | From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - CET

Supporting entrepreneurship and innovation has become one of the key tools in the development strategy that a few countries are using lately. There is a new competitive focus on talent rather than anything else. Some countries/organizations realized that the way to grow is not based on investments behind infrastructure but rather on talent, there is a new wave of talented people willing to change countries based on how these countries are attracting them. This new immigration behavior is dramatically changing the way on the world interacts. The countries that make themselves highly attractive for this new type of nomads will have the advantage and probably lead the next disruptive innovations. In the last 3 years Chile has been taking a leap on this matter, launching successful programs such as StartUp Chile, attracting international centers of excellence and many internal policy changes that aim to make the country more attractive for both local and foreign entrepreneurs and innovators. In this webinar you will see the evolution on these public policies with a deep insight to Start-Up Chile, how it started, how the learning process was and the impact generated so far.


Relator: Ms. Angeles Navarro

Global Networks Director, Start-up Chile, Chile

Angeles Navarro is the Global Networks Director at Start-Up Chile; a program created by the Chilean Government that seeks to attract early-phase, high-potential entrepreneurs to bootstrap their startups using Chile as a platform to go global. Her objective at this position is to help Start-Up Chile participants to be better connected, generating global networks within the alumni and creating alliances with companies abroad.

How to Drive Innovation with regard to Sustainability

Date: November, 21, 2013 | From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. - CET

Innovation is the key to unlocking economic, environmental and social sustainability for firms of all sizes. Research by the Network for Business Sustainability (nbs.net) on Innovating for Sustainability describes how innovation can show up across all of a company’s operations, including design, packaging and promoting products, hiring and training employees, and even evolving the business model. Innovation can be free and simple or expensive and complex. Webinar participants will learn (1) the three stages of innovation for SMEs, based on rigorous, international research, and (2) proven practices for innovating at each stage – including strategies such as back casting. We will also demonstrate how to find and access free resources for SMEs like How to Drive Innovation: A 4-Part Guide for Small Business Leaders through NBS.net.


Relator: Ms. Pamela Laughland

Managing Director, Network for Business Sustainability, Canada

Pamela Laughland is Managing Director for the Network for Business Sustainability. NBS is a Canadian non-profit, which connects researchers and managers through knowledge to change business practice. NBS has also begun expanding internationally, with its first global affiliate, NBS: South Africa, launched in 2013. Since its inception in 2006, NBS has grown into a thriving network of more than 3,800 researchers and managers and has attracted more than $4 million in public and private funding. The Network produces free, authoritative resources in collaboration with world-class researchers on priority topics including innovating for sustainability, embedding sustainability into organizational culture, and building sustainable supply chains. Pamela oversees the operational direction of NBS and its activities. Since taking this role she has championed several significant initiatives including the Global Sustainability Centres Community, a program that convenes more than 50 sustainability research centres from business schools around the world to collaborate for greater individual and collective impact. Participating schools range from Harvard and MIT to Auckland and Stellenbosch. Prior to joining NBS, Pamela held research positions at the Richard Ivey School of Business, Statistics Canada, and the University of Guelph. Her work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Ivey Business Journal and the International Journal of Biotechnology. She holds an MSc in Resource Economics from the University of Guelph.

Crowdfunding in Europe – Funding innovation and growth of SMEs

Date: October, 24, 2013 | From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - CET

Crowdfunding in Europe is booming. Crowdfunding for SMEs is taking of rapidly. In the current financial crisis it is difficult to raise enough funding to finance innovative or growth plans by SMEs through traditional ways of financing by banks. Crowdfunding offers a solution. Crowdfunding is a collective effort to raise money to realize a project. Instead of having one large funder, you have hundreds of funders who are also the ambassador of your project. Worldwide this is used by millions of people and in 2012 $2,7 billion was raised through crowdfunding, a growth of 81% from last year. Besides raising money, crowdfunding offers more advantages. It allows the project owner to gain feedback on some of the most critical parts of the product before it is released onto the market. For example, the project owner is able to receive feedback on how the design of a product can be improved, get a better idea about market demands, and get direct customer interaction. It can also lead to word-of-mouth recommendation. For the project owner, crowdfunding establishes a direct link between himself and the customer. This link is the first step towards marketing, customer loyalty, participation, and emotional  attachment to the innovation. Crowdfunding is an incredibly effective way of gauging if their product or idea has a mass appeal. Even more important is the time in which the project owner is able to make this assessment; a two-month long crowdfunding campaign is a relatively fast turnaround for getting an idea off the ground. For project owners who experienced a successful crowdfunding campaign to fund the first phase of their ideas, the aforementioned benefits can be extremely useful for financing the next phase. Some project owners may utilize crowdfunding again, where others may resort to more traditional forms of funding. They can then use their fan-base of funders to show there is public support for this idea. When project owners combine different approaches they can fund the whole life cycle of a project, product, service or other business innovation. Either way, being able to call upon pre-sales information, number of funders, amount of money raised in a specific time period is valuable for project owners seeking a second round of financing. In this session I will discuss the concept of crowdfunding. How did it start? What types of crowdfunding business models are there and what is the future of crowdfunding?


Relator: Mr. Ronald Kleverlaan

Vice-Chair, European Crowdfunding Network, Belgium

Ronald Kleverlaan is a well known expert on crowdfunding and an international speaker on crowdfunding trends in Europe. He is the CEO of WEBclusive, the leading crowdfunding software company in Europe and vice-chairman of the European Crowdfunding Network. He is co-author of the paper "A Framework for European Crowdfunding" and advises the Startup Europe program of the European Commission about the use of crowdfunding for the "Digital Agenda for Europe". As an experienced speaker, Ronald spoke at universities and over 50 small and large events about crowdfunding throughout the world, including Sorbonne University in Paris, the University of Amsterdam and presentations in Izmir (Turkey), Göteborg (Sweden), Solo (Indonesia), Orlando (VS), a TED talk and every year dozens of other workshops and presentations.

Best Practices in Innovation Management for Sustainable Growth

Date: September, 24, 2013 | From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - CEST

Innovation is turning ideas into value – value for the own organisation, for the customers andinnovation partners. Leading companies, therefore, manage their innovation activities systematically for sustainable value growth. Based on our large innovation management databases both on large and small companies, we can take a look into the key success factors how to
leverage innovation for sustainable growth. In this webinar, you will learn about best practices in innovation management and how you can benchmark your own organisation or help companies to assess their innovation management performance and close the gap to the growth champions.


Relator: Dr. Eva Diedrichs

Project leader, IMP³rove & Senior Manager, A.T. Kearney, Germany

Eva Diedrichs is Senior Manager at A.T. Kearney and there core team member of the Innovation and R&D management practice. She leads the IMP³rove project, the initiative of the European Commission for better innovation management support for small and medium sized enterprises. She is actively involved in the European standardisation activities on innovation management.

IP Portfolio Added Value Tools

Date: July, 11, 2018 | From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - CEST

While Intellectual Property is a term increasingly used nowadays and it is essential to reap the benefits of innovation, it seems that organizations usually use informal processes when developing a portfolio of technology, even if it is built with a few patents or technologies. Therefore it is necessary to know the tools or methodologies that can be used to organize and commercialize IP. The webinar will focus on 4 main factors that are important to consider in order to create value for a business:

  • Internationalization of the portfolio, selecting the inventions with more potential to be transferred and the ones that have to be abandoned in order to reduce cost of maintenance fees;
  • Diversification, detecting the patents, projects of R&D or knowledge (processes or methods) that can be exploited in other sectors of application;
  • Detection of new opportunities, continuously evaluating the market in order to detect new technologies to add to the commercialization portfolio;
  • IP Strategy, establishing the roadmap of each technology and the different steps to the commercialization stage.


Relator: Dr. Lídia Aguilera

Knowledge Transfer Manager, Knowledge Innovation Market - KIM, Spain

Technology transfer professional with a strong track record of academic and professional achievements and experience in leading technical teams. Lidia has a PhD in nanotechnology and has over 10 years of international experience in both private and public research. She developed her scientific career in prestigious centers of Belgium and Spain and is still linked to research as a evaluator of R&D projects for the European Commission. Over the past five years, she has worked in the private sector as technology transfer manager, negotiating and getting projects with multinational companies, SMEs, and public agencies and managing a highly qualified team.

The Art of raising money for SMEs

Date: June, 12, 2013 | From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - CEST

For investors, the four key elements of any successful business are: a good idea, an excellent team, a bigmarket, and money to do it right. If you ask a business: Are you looking for money? 99 % will say yes! Regardless if they are in early, growth or mature stage. The process of raising money is undergoing a transformation, and in this Webinar we will go through the different routes available today. We will cover strategies like Crowd Funding, Accelerator Programs, “LeanStart, and “MVP” start-ups. The Webinar will also include ”The ten key factors for getting outstanding results in the process of raising money.”


Relator: Mr. Amir R. Raveh

nvestor and Entrepreneur | Founder and CEO of MG Equity Partners (UK) | Managing Partner of the Virtual EXelerator, EAI, Belgium

As a Founder and CEO of the British investment house MG Equity Partners raised US$250Million, and specialized in setting innovation and entrepreneurship centers around the world. As a Lecturer at leading Universities, created the E-Mindset model which focuses on developing the entrepreneurial mindset. Founder & Ex CEO of Media Call UK Ltd, sold in 2003. He holds a MBA from Middlesex University in London.

What Kind of Innovative Firm Are You?

Date: May, 14, 2013 | From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. - CEST

Innovation is a hot topic right now for organisations of all sizes. Those that are trying to improve their innovation capability have no shortage of  resources available to them. But how can you tell which tools and  approaches are right for your specific organisation? I am doing research work right now which looks at the various types of innovative firms that exist. In this webinar, I will explain how to figure out which type of innovative organisation yours is, and give you some tips on how to identify the tools that will be most useful to you.


Relator: Mr. Tim Kastelle

Senior Lecturer - Innovation Management, UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, Australia

Tim Kastelle is a Senior Lecturer in Innovation Management in the School of Business at The University of Queensland. He teaches, researches, writes, consults and blogs about innovation. Learn more at http: timkastelle.org