Category : Innovation

Everthing on innovation & their relationship with patents

Although not limited to software, open source is dominated by this particular technology and by the open source software community. Open source software does not just mean access to the source code. The distribution terms of open-source software must comply with the following criteria: There must be free redistribution. The program must include source code, and must allow distribution of the source code along with the compiled form. The license must allow modifications and derived works, and must allow them to be distributed under the same terms as the license of the original software. The license may restrict source-code from being distributed in modified

Author: 4 months ago

Yesterday the "Startup Fest Europe" had its kick-off meetings and formal opening in Amsterdam with innovators from large companies from US and Europe. Start up festival is an European festival of events that help startups grow faster by bringing together founders, investors, business leaders and developers around specific themes (or verticals). It is held in various Dutch cities from 24 – 28 May 2016. The program can be found here. Not usually high on the agenda of start-ups is intellectual property. Most of them can only think of patenting their innovation, be it as a prerequisite of investors for safeguarding their

Author: 10 months ago

Tomlinson’s legacy: the ubiquitous @ Letters and numbers are for words and figures, both important to humans. But computers need more abstract instructions, requiring coders to reach for their % and their *, the { and the ], to tell machines what to do. In 1971 Ray Tomlinson, who died on March 5th, invented a way to send e-mails from one mainframe computer to another (previously, e-mail only worked between users of a single machine). He picked one of the remaining rarely used symbols. Since then @ has conquered the globe: a character that might well have been left off keyboards

Author: 1 year ago

Recently the Dutch financial newspaper "Het Financiele Dagblad" spent an article (" ("spin-offs rely on deep pockets University holding") on how (un)successful Dutch universities have been with their academic spin-offs, how many have been able to actually provide enough starting capital to give the spin-off a head start? How many universities only provide advice, but no capital? Some universities have set up special Holding companies to hold the shares (or part of it) in the spin-off, provide licenses under the academic inventions in patents necessary to operate the spin-off or simple act as a business advisory to the newly set

Author: 1 year ago

On Tuesday March 24, the Lisbon Council  launched a new Study,  “2015 Intellectual Property and Economic Growth Index: Measuring the Impact of Exceptions and Limitations in Copyright on Growth, Jobs and Prosperity” by Benjamin Gibert. The Index - the result of a of a year-long research project – examines the relationship between economic growth and intellectual property regimes in some of the world’s most innovative economies. The report builds a system for measuring the impact of exceptions to copyright on economic growth and finds that countries that employ a broadly “flexible” regime of exceptions in copyright also saw higher rates of growth

Author: 1 year ago

How Nokia’s smartphone software strategy failed and ultimately killed the brand. Much has been written about the ups and downs of the cellular / mobile phone industry over the past 25 years, and particularly the smartphone industry in more recent times. There seems to be a rule in this particular sector that the leading companies eventually lose their positions – often quickly and brutally. Mobile phone champion Nokia, one of Europe’s biggest technology success stories, was no exception, losing its market share in the space of just a few years. In 1999, one in every three phones sold in the world was

Author: 2 years ago

In the 2014, volume 3 edition of the "Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Management" an article is published by IPEG's managing partner, Severin de Wit, called "Challenges in Public and Private Domains will shape the Future of Intellectual Property". The Journal is published by the National Taipei University of Technology (“NTUT”),  a national university located in Taipei City, Taiwan. The Journal is run by the Institute of Intellectual Property, an educational organization of the NTUT. Summary: Market failures, troubled access to medicine, impediments to free flow of information, copyright over-extension, digital right protection, overkill and patents stifling rather than stimulating innovation

Author: 2 years ago

One of the recent jewels in publications on Innovation, R&D and patenting is prof. Mariana Mazzucato’s book "The Entrepreneurial State debunking private vs. public sector myths". It was mentioned one of the Financial Times' 2013 books of the year, and on Forbes’ list of 13 recommended readings for creative leaders to close out 2013. Rightfully so. According to Mazzucato there are 4 myths that need to be debunked. Myth 1: Innovation is about R&D In order to reach growth for a company spending more on R&D is not always the panacea. Conditions strongly differ between sectors. She found that in the pharmaceutical industry only

Author: 2 years ago

The Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, which has functioned as a politically and economically unbiased centre of legal competence for European intellectual property legislation ever since its foundation in 1966, is a well-recognized scientific commentator and advisor on the evolution of European patent law. The Institute considers a balanced, innovation-friendly and uniform patent system as being indispensable for Europe. However, the current patent package is deemed to be both dangerous and misguided. While a superficial glance may create the false impression of a patent law advancement through the proposal, it instead actually threatens to forestall the necessary legal progress

Author: 4 years ago