"There is a growing demand for access to high quality technological information in developing countries which acts as a basis for development and innovation in these countries," said Yo Takagi, Assistant Director General of the Global Infrastructure Sector of WIPO. "This is an important element in the innovation process and in any eventual protection through patent rights. WIPO is keen to work with publishers to ensure that low-and-middle-income countries can play their full part in this vibrant economic landscape. In this respect, Elsevier's new contribution to ARDI, which increases the program content over ten-fold by more than 2,000 journals and close to 7,000 e-books, is a major step forward in realizing this goal."
"We are delighted to extend our partnership with the World Intellectual Property Organization and in this way to realize a shared vision for universal access to quality research content," said Alicia Wise, Director of Universal Access at Elsevier. "We are dedicated to advancing innovative research everywhere."
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The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the leading global forum for the promotion of intellectual property as a force for innovation and creativity to achieve positive change. A specialized agency of the United Nations, WIPO assists its 185 member states in developing a balanced international IP legal framework to meet society's evolving needs. It provides business services for obtaining IP rights in multiple countries and resolving disputes. It delivers capacity-building programs to help developing countries benefit from using IP. And it provides free access to unique knowledge banks of IP information.
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