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At the EPO headquarters, a conference was held to explore one of the most consequential questions for Europe’s economic future. Given the strength of its public research and the depth of knowledge among its academics, what more could be done to generate higher levels of innovation and inspire the creation of more high-growth ventures in Europe?
Under the auspices of the European Patent Office (EPO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Technische Universität München (TUM), 300 participants were drawn from many of those actively involved in creating markets from research results: major players like BMW, L’Oreal, Siemens and Philips; policy-makers and officials; as well as strong representation from those within academia who are building the bridges to take ideas and insights through the early commercial stages to the point when they can be adopted by the market.
For all of them, the standard model of spinning out intellectual property (IP) is changing fast. Innovation is becoming more collaborative. Science is being released on new open terms. Major players are pursuing research through partnerships and competitions. Universities are becoming more entrepreneurial.
IP is still the foundation on which these new forms of knowledge and technology transfer and exchange are happening. As a starting point for innovation and collaboration, it is being pulled in many new directions itself, moving well beyond its legal core into more commercial and creative roles.
Conference report (PDF, 1 MB)
To obtain a printed copy of the report, please contact the EPO at firstname.lastname@example.org.