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The audience for the ICC Roadmap on Intellectual Property (IP) just took a giant leap forward: starting this month, the electronic version is available in Chinese, Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese, in addition to English.

The audience for the ICC Roadmap on Intellectual Property (IP) just took a giant leap forward: starting this month, the electronic version is available in Chinese, Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese, in addition to English.
About one-fifth of the world’s population − over 1 billion people − speak a form of Chinese as their native language. More than 250 million people have Portuguese as their native tongue, making it the fourth most widely spoken native language in the world today, while Arabic is spoken by over 420 million people in more than 30 countries.

“The ICC IP roadmap is widely recognized by businesses, lawyers and governments in many countries as one of the best sources of clear, concise information on the major intellectual property issues,” said Ron Myrick, Chair of the ICC Task Force on the IP Roadmap. “Having translations of the Roadmap in Chinese, Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese will make it accessible to a much wider audience in several countries where intellectual property is rapidly growing in importance.”

This year, China and Brazil ranked third and 14th worldwide in the number of patent applications filed, while the number of Chinese and Brazilian citizens and companies that filed for patents in other countries increased 28% and 4% respectively. China also ranked eighth in the number of applications under the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks. 

Arab countries are also devoting more attention and resources to IP. Last February, Dubai hosted the Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy, where business was represented by ICC’s Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) initiative.

About 400 million people speak Spanish as a mother tongue in 20 countries. It is also the third language acceptable for filing patents under the Madrid international trade mark registration system. Only China has a faster growth in patent filings than Mexico.

The 2008 “Roadmap on current and emerging IP issues” is now in its ninth edition. Each new edition, produced biennially by an international team of ICC experts, provides a concise and up-to- date overview of key intellectual property issues.

This year’s edition covers many emerging topics, including: IP trading and securitization, the confidentiality of IP legal advice, arbitration and mediation in IP disputes, and the role of IP in sporting activities. It also includes an updated and expanded section on domain names, which are the addresses used to locate data on the Internet, and an update on the EU’s initiative on patent litigation.

The 2008 edition of the Roadmap is also available in hard copy in English.