As many Nations (United States, Japan, now China and India) realize that a robust IP system is central to their economic future and a prerequisite for a successful economy, the Europeans still seem to be struggling with this notion. Two years ago, the first paneuropean intellectual property summit in Brussels, IP2004, has plainly confirmed so.
Although the continent’s leaders have identified IP as a central plank in achieving their stated aim of making Europe the world’s foremost knowledge economy by 2010, their actions do not match their words. For the Community Patent, now read the CII Directive which was vote down by the European Parliament in July. Throw in a host of other patent-friendly initiatives that are also stalled and a pattern emerges.
• Why can’t Europe get it right when it comes to IP?
• Why should rights owners themselves be doing more to shape the debate?
• Why European companies couldn’t be learn from the way which Japanese or Americans companies have grappled with intellectual property and its potential?
The IP2006 this year will bring together business leaders from all over Europe, the US and Asia, as well as lawyers, administrators, IP strategy consultants, academics and university technology licensing professionals. The debates will serve to provide tremendous insights into modern world of IP management. And engage with world at large.
We hope you could join these exciting debates next 7 and 8 of December in Brussels.