In an attempt to foster innovation and increasing access, especially for the developing and least-developed countries,WIPO has launched the Access to Specialized Patent Information (ASPI),partnering with
LexisNexis, Minesoft, ProQuest, Questel, Thomson Reuters, and WIPS.
This program is aimed at providing free and low-cost access to comprehensive patent information.
Mr David Brown, President of IP Solutions,Thomson Reuters says :
“Some have said that necessity is the spark for innovation, but in many cases necessity may not be enough. Intelligent information, however, can be the fuel for accelerating innovation on a sustained basis. The ASPI program offers the hope that through innovation – and its protection via intellectual property – developing nations can grow economically, socially, and technically, to foster human welfare and development, and become more integrated within the global knowledge economy.”
The countries eligible for free, or significantly reduced, access have been grouped as:
- Group 1 – least-developed nations, such as Cambodia, Haiti and Somalia
- Group 2 – marginally developed nations, such as Albania and Fiji
- Group 3 – developing nations, such as Barbados, Libya and Mauritius
This is indeed a commendable effort on part of WIPO and the partnering organizations.
But I wonder why is India not on the list?