Archive for the Category ‘Opinion’

Changing the IP System

Changing the IP System

Conventional wisdom is that if something is working then you shouldn’t change it; “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” as an old English saying goes. The IP system works so why change it? Why is continuing change fundamental to the role and function of IP in our society? In fact systems with long cycle [...]

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Using IP

Using IP

One of the common images used of countries, companies, even families is that in hard times the family silver is brought out of the cupboard where it has lain unused for generations and then sold to fill a short term gap in finances. Looked at the other way, what good was the family silver doing [...]

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IP Education

IP Education

The insight “Never underestimate people’s intelligence or lack of information” has been attributed to several people, President Lincoln and Lord Reith, 1930’s head of the BBC to name but two. It is an insight that can be appropriately applied to the world about IP, particularly since only a exclusive minority have any formal education in [...]

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Green IP

Green IP

Despite the persistent few naysayers, it is now clear that there is a fundamental, global environmental, ecological challenge to future of our planet.  Not only the impact of the exploitation on natural resources, but also the consequence of a high-carbon economy.  Resources not only used, but over used.  The environment not only polluted, but also [...]

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IP and the SME

IP and the SME

Small and Medium Enterprises, or companies, along with the even smaller Micro-companies, are often put forward as a key source, some would say the key source of innovation, particularly technical innovation, which drives economic growth.  IP, the embodiment of innovation, technical or business, should then be at the heart of what SMEs do, at the [...]

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Global IP and the Global Economy

Global IP and the Global Economy

The global economy and global IP system are both complex and interdependent.  As they both grow and evolve there are a continual challenges, for example in keeping the IP system of emerging economies in step with their own economic growth and in turn keeping their IP systems in sync with those of other countries, particularly [...]

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The Future of the IP Industry

The Future of the IP Industry

One of the big challenges for IP, and in particular the IP industry, is IP being the oil of the 21st Century.  With IP being a core strategic asset for business large and small, across the world, the IP industry needs to step up, to match the role.  The IP industry has been a relatively [...]

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