IP Week, Crowne Plaza Brussels le Palace, December 6-9, 2011


Delegates who travelled to Brussels for the conference were rewarded with some lively discussions on how IP is changing to keep pace with innovative businesses.

World Intellectual Property Organization director general Dr Francis Gurry kicked off proceedings with a keynote speech that set the agenda for the rest of the conference.

His organisation’s recently-released report, World Intellectual Report: the Changing Face of Innovation, argues that innovation has evolved significantly. Gurry said that this has increased demands for IP protection and that it has forced IP into playing a central role in fi rm strategies and innovation policies.

A panel discussion on the ways in which organisations develop and benefit from their own innovation ecosystems was the highlight of day one. Professor Dr Martin Curley, director of Intel Labs Europe in Ireland, said that there are often competing innovation ecosystems in an organisation and the “faster and smarter one often wins out”.

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