Nikkei Asian Review: Japan added to EU’s design search engine. “The Japan Patent Office has teamed up with a European counterpart to share industrial design information, enabling businesses to check for similar products in other countries and combat imitations. Japanese data has been added to the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s Designview online search tool, which now boasts access to more than 13 million designs and 54 participating intellectual property offices from around the world.” A ton of different countries have been added to Designview this year.
IP Australia: TM-link: the new database linking international trade mark data. “In partnership with Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Melbourne, IP Australia has developed a single, internationally-linked trade mark database called TM-link. TM-link is a world-first platform that links trade mark applications across countries and helps businesses search for trade marks across multiple jurisdictions.” It’s not completely global yet – data still being added – but it’s available now. You have to e-mail (!) for access.
Google Blog: Taking your business global just got easier with Market Finder. “SME owners are experts when it comes to local customers, but are less knowledgeable about finding new markets and everything that entails: culture, buying trends, export legalities, and payment options for their product in other countries. This is a key problem; our 2017 consumer survey shows that UK SMEs cite international marketing and operational barriers as the biggest barriers to success abroad. Today, we’re announcing Market Finder, a new tool that helps businesses identify new customers, plan for success, and grow their export sales online. It also offers freely available guides, videos, and tips—making it as easy as possible for businesses to take the first steps into the export market.”
China General Chamber of Commerce: CGCC Launches New Website and “China-US Investment Cooperation” Database. “The ‘China-US Investment Cooperation’ Database is the first investment information database serving Chinese companies and their partners in the US, aiming at enhancing business information sharing and commutation. The database provides basic company information, products and services, key people introduction, and business contacts for subscribers. The database is also open to members to generate their own contents.” Unfortunately when I went to look at the database page it read, “coming soon,” so despite the fact that it was announced yesterday you may have to check back.
Duke University: Kenan’s Human Rights Center unveils database to track collaborative initiatives on business and human rights. “The Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics has helped launch a new database that tracks multi-stakeholder initiatives, voluntary initiatives that involve some form of collaboration between governments, NGOs, and private companies, aimed at improving businesses’ treatment of, and respect for, human rights. The goal of the project is to increase public understanding of an emerging source of international standards for responsible business and government conduct.”
Xinhuanet: Belt and Road online database released in Shanghai . “Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences Wednesday announced the release of an online database of Belt and Road information. The website … offers free of charge access to writing, data analysis and research findings about 65 Belt and Road countries, said Wang Zhen, deputy chief of the academy.” If you’re wondering what Belt and Road countries are, The Economist has an explanation.. Too bad about that acronym…. I spent a few moments going through the new database and it doesn’t appear to be complete. The entry for Russia, for example, has no data on any political figures.
The International Chamber of Commerce has launched a new digital library. “At the world business organization, we recognise the importance of information and knowledge to your business and legal practices. That’s why we’ve created the ICC Digital Library. Through this online service, we’ll deliver easy, 24/7 access to our vast collection of essential reference materials to promote innovative research, learning and more.” Some of the items are available for paid members only, though other sections are open to anyone.