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What’s New in Tech Innovation? Mobile ECGs
Date: 21/04/2017
Robots, drones, medical advancements, cloud services, and personal apps of all sorts – thousands of new tech innovations were on display at the recent CEBIT Fair in Hannover, Germany. Ideas Matter will be highlighting some of these innovations in this and upcoming blogs and videos, and asking the question how small and large company developers are using intellectual property to help them fund, protect and commercialise these clever ideas. Today we look at the mobile electrocardiogram (ECG) developed by CardioSecur.
IP, Brexit and Beyond
Date: 13/04/2017
“Leaving the European Union is one of the most important events in our generation,” IP Awareness Network’s (IPAN’s) CEO John Ogier told Ideas Matter following IPAN’s recent seminar on the potential impact of Brexit on intellectual property in the UK. Highlights of the seminar, which featured a wide spectrum of government, industry and academic participants, can be viewed in the new IPAN/Ideas Matter video.
Intellectual Property: Vital Protections Promoting Healthy Trade
Date: 07/04/2017
Economies benefit from effective IP standards regardless of their trade priorities. In an era when free-trade deals are sometimes protested in the streets, and economies like the UK and the US are considering domestic preferences, effective intellectual property (IP) protections remain vital for innovation, businesses small and large, the economy, consumers and society.
Women in IP: Innovating and Inventing for the Future
Date: 28/03/2017
As International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month are being celebrated in March, it is important to remember that women are making a particular mark on the future of IP.
Date: 24/03/2017
Research carried out by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has found that 97% of EU citizens agree that it is fundamentally important for inventors, creators and performing artists to be able to protect their rights and be paid for their work.
Jobs, Growth and Europe’s Digital Future in the Creative and Cultural Sectors
Date: 07/03/2017
The creative and cultural industries have a huge impact on the European economy, and are “one of the strategic industries we have in Europe,” explained European Commission official Antti Peltomäki at the Creativity Works! High Level Conference on the Creative and Cultural Sectors. Ideas Matters’ video highlights of the event posted below provide an overview of the public officials’ and private sector explanations of how this works in practice.
Hello, hello? One in eight smartphones world-wide are counterfeit.
Date: 28/02/2017
Fake smartphones have become a global plague, report the International Telecommunications (ITU) and the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in a study released today that outlines the economic scale and non-economic impacts of smartphone counterfeiting.
How Do the World’s IP Systems Stack Up? Rankings and Trends
Date: 21/02/2017
The US Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Intellectual Property (IP) Index reports that the rankings and strengths of the world’s most developed economies’ IP systems have grown ever closer, that some developing countries have made notable improvements, and that IP rankings are strongly correlated with innovation and economic benefits.
Improving Information on Who Owns Patents
Date: 06/02/2017
Why patent ownership data accuracy is a $300 billion problem worth solving

Who owns the world’s patents? No-one can be sure. The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) believes that 25% of the patent ownership data available on public registers is inaccurate. There are an estimated 20 million in-force patents and pending applications around the world, which suggests that patent registry data relating to ownership is inaccurate for 5 million of them.
The Future of Brands: Innovation and Personalisation
Date: 20/01/2017
Brands owners— those who rely on their trade marks to help identify and distinguish their products, services and companies— are facing numerous market changes and challenges. Alan Giles of the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, explored these developments in the recent British Brands Group’s annual Brands Lecture, summarising the future of retailing as “Never mind the quality, feel the personalisation”.