IP at Work

These stories offer insights into how IP is being used by entrepreneurs, inventors and creators around the world, every day to add value to their products, support business growth, create employment and promote economic development.

This week's story

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Japanese robotics company solves loneliness with futuristic communication

Find out how Japanese robotics company, Ory Lab Inc., is tackling loneliness resulting from physical and cognitive disability through alter-ego robots.

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Healthbotics Limited: digitalizing the health sector in Africa with blockchain technology

Healthbotics Limited, a healthcare startup in Nigeria, is developing game-changing AI-driven solutions to improve healthcare in Africa.

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Shenzhen Shokz: Bone conduction technology for a new listening experience

Pioneering bone conduction technology developed by Shenzhen Shotz offers users a new listening experience. Find out how the company’s commitment to innovation and its robust IP strategy are enabling it to thrive.

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Advancing cell growth research backed by collaborative innovation ecosystems

Inventor David Martínez Martín is at the forefront of cell investigation and is working to build collaborative innovation ecosystems to advance applied sciences.

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Young Saudi designer adds a contemporary feel to traditional Al Sadu weaving

Find out how Young Saudi designer, Noura Al-Omair, is adding a contemporary feel to traditional Al Sadu weaving.

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Cheetah research results in new biomedical devices to support patient rehabilitation

Find out how South African researcher Amir Patel’s fascination with cheetahs triggered an innovation journey that has led to a number of innovations in robotics, and machine learning (artificial intelligence) and more affordable and accessible biomechanical devices for orthopedics and neurological disease that require rehabilitation with a 3D force plate.

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Digital influencers herald a new era of branding

Digital influencers, or virtual humans, are the latest trend in social media marketing. Find out how the avant-garde Japanese start-up Aww Inc. is changing behaviors and powering tomorrow’s brands with its newly minted virtual humans.

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The young inventor who built his own prosthetic arm with LEGO®

Find out how David Aguilar Amphoux’s passion for LEGO led him to self-build his own prosthetic arm using LEGO® bricks, a world first.

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Young Japanese inventor’s ingenious robot on wheels supports climate action

Find out how Muraki Kazumi came to invent the world’s smallest interactive carbon capture device. It can absorb up to six liters of CO2 in one hour at the press of a button.

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Omani teenager’s answer to plastic pollution

Omani teenager’s biodegradable plastic offers an interesting alternative to single-use plastics.

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Alleviating food hunger and reducing food waste with innovation

Award-winning invention creates an opportunity for everyone to tackle food waste.

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Modern Ilongga: celebrating Indigenous culture through fashion

Modern Ilonnga, a thriving social enterprise in Iloilo in the Philippines, is glamming up the traditional Filipino handicraft industry and putting a spotlight on the region’s high-quality, creative, culturally enriched and locally grown products.

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Team Antigua Island Girls: One of the Toughest Teams in the World

On a cool afternoon in late January 2019, four women rowed into Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour and Antigua as history-makers. On that day, Team Antigua Island Girls became the first all-female Caribbean team to complete the grueling Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge and the first all-black team to row across the Atlantic. Read on to find out what role IP played in enabling this epic journey.

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NF Health Care: preventing pressure ulcers with innovative, low-cost devices

Every day millions of patients around the world suffer pain and discomfort from pressure ulcers. Using high-quality local materials, the Thai SME, NF Health Care, founded by Professor Nalinee Kovitwanawong, is producing a range of affordable pressure ulcer-prevention devices to support patient recovering and alleviate healthcare burdens.

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Turkmen inventor finds new cost-saving ways to recycle rubber and plastic waste

Recognizing the pressing need to tackle environmental pollution from rubber and plastic waste, Rizayev Eldar Guseynovich, a young Turkmen entrepreneur, is developing new ways to transform garbage into a a range of economically useful products.

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Competing in winter sports with one leg and a prosthetic: game on for parathletes at Beijing 2022

Before special sports prostheses came along, winter paralympic athletes found it difficult to put in their very best performances on the slopes. Innovative prosthetics, such as ProCarve are a game-changer for athletes, such as those going for gold at the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing.

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Putting Indonesian tea on the map: From Bogor to Vegas

Find out how Indonesian entrepreneur Ekasari Iriana is building the Sila brand of tea and transforming a locally made product from a common commodity into an asset of value.

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Beewise: out-of-the-box thinking to save the world’s bees

Saar Safra, CEO of Israeli start-up Beewise, is on a mission to save bees and at scale using artificial intelligence (AI), computer vision and robotics. Find out how his company’s high-tech solution is helping to save the world’s bees.

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The IP Journey of an Olympic Games

With the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games now well underway, most people will be wondering who is going to win the next gold medal. Discover the role that IP plays in safeguarding the unique character of this top-tier sporting event.

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Biodôme du Maroc brings renewable energy to local farmers

Dr. Fatima Zahra Beraich, CEO of Biodôme du Maroc, is helping local farmers to reduce energy consumption by implementing biogas technology. Discover the first company in Morocco specializing in recovering organic waste through natural treatment and environmentally friendly processes.

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A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects

Through the lens of a series of everyday objects that embody IP, the authors of this exciting book, discuss how they went about conveying to everyday readers and specialists alike, just why IP matters so much and why it is so interesting.

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Foodics: Pairing the Food Industry with Technology

In their student days, Ahmad Al-Zaini and Mosab Al-Othmani hatched the idea to create their smart cloud-based software for restaurant managers. Find out how Foodics’ real-time solution is digitalizing the service industry in Saudi Arabia.

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Sustainable storage: eco-pallets made from flower stems

Colombian-based Bioestibas, the first ecological pallet plant in Latin America, has found an ingenious way to transform the agricultural waste (hydrangea stems) produced by the country’s flower growers into high-performance eco-pallets.

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Innovative prostheses help para athletes achieve their goals

In late summer 2021, athletes with disabilities from around the world competed at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Maja Hoock, Manager of Corporate Communications Research and Development (R&D) at the leading German prosthetics company, Ottobock, explains how IP-protected sports prostheses help athletes make the most of their abilities.

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Transforming waste pulp into a new feedstock for the chemical industry

Every year, the South African pulping industry produces millions of tonnes of lignin, a waste wood component, which researchers from Stellenbosch University are converting into a new feedstock for the chemical industry.

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Graphenel: pioneering graphene production in Viet Nam

Graphenel JSC, based in Ho Chi Minh City, is a technology company with a novel approach to graphene production. Jane Phung, the company’s international business development manager, discusses the role IP plays in supporting Graphenel’s ambition to become a leading supplier of graphene-based materials.

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Uncanny Valley: charting a new era of musical creativity

Charlton Hill, Co-founder and Head of Innovation at Uncanny Valley, a Sydney-based progressive music technology company discusses the company’s ambitions to speed-up, democratize and re-shape music production through the use of artificial intelligence.

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Mootral: Saving the climate, one cow at a time

As ruminants, cows produce methane, which traps significantly higher levels of heat than carbon dioxide. Find out how Mootral's innovative natural feed supplement is reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cows, which is critical in building a greener future.

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Mauricio de Sousa Productions: comic success underpinned by intellectual property

Did you grow up with “Monica’s Friends”? Founded over 60 years ago, Mauricio de Sousa Productions has become one of Brazil’s most successful comic book and animation publishers. What role has IP played in this success?

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Eco-Friendly Bio-Latrines in Uganda: Turning Waste into High-Quality Fertilizer and Biogas

Soil degradation, inadequate sanitation and air pollution are interconnected issues that Tusk Engineers are fixing through the development and deployment of bio-latrines that are improving living standards in rural areas in Uganda.

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Treating waste water in the Philippines with Vigorim

Find out how Vigormin, a white powder comprising several organo-minerals is improving wastewater treatment in the Philippines.

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Oman: Pollinating Date Palms with AI and Drones

Find out how Wakan Tech, an Omani start-up is transforming date production with artificial intelligence, robotics and drones making it a more cost-effective and attractive activity for new generations of date farmers.

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Harvesting fog to relieve water shortages in arid regions

When we think about sources of water, fog is perhaps not the first thing that springs to mind. But a pioneering new water technology called the CloudFisher® offers communities facing severe water shortages in arid and foggy coastal or mountainous regions an affordable and sustainable source of clean water.

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Paralympian Rory Cooper drives innovation for people with disabilities

Rory Cooper, a Paralympian and a serial inventor, is committed to improving the quality of life and participation of people with disabilities through engineering and technology. Find out about his pioneering work and how IP helps ensure his inventions reach the market and help people.

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The Banano de Costa Rica Geographical Indication: Supporting Environmental Sustainability

Banana production is extremely important to Costa Rica’s economy, one of the world’s top banana-exporting nations. In 2011, the Banano de Costa Rica became the country’s first registered geographical indication (GI), which reflects the distinctive quality of the fruit and producers’ strong commitment to social and environmental sustainability.

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Global publishing post-COVID: an interview with Bodour Al Qasimi

President of the International Publishers’ Association, Sheika Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi discusses the challenges confronting publishers in the post-COVID era.

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JSC Laser Systems: Innovation as collateral for finance

JSC Laser Systems benefits from a new program to boost the development of knowledge-intensive industries in the Russian Federation.

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Bio-engineering: unlocking nature’s treasures

For Professor Oded Shoseyov, a pioneering materials engineer, serial inventor and entrepreneur, nature is a source of inspiration. He discusses some of his most significant inventions and how IP rights help ensure they are widely accessible to society.

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Julius K9®: harnessing innovation to meet dog lovers’ needs

Gyula Sebő founder and CEO of Julius K-9®, a leading canine accessories brand, who has dedicated his professional life to pet welfare innovations, explains why it is so important for companies like his to have a carefully crafted IP strategy in place from day one.