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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”.
Top 100 Global Innovators Named
Date: 10/01/2017
This year’s Top 100 Global Innovators Report, just released, lists leading companies and institutes from all over the world that are using intellectual property (IP) to help them innovate and to get new research and development to market. Speakers at the report launch from Saint-Gobain, Philips, Marvell Technology Group and ExxonMobil highlighted trends to diversify and collaborate in their innovation and to improve the quality of IP.
Innovation in Healthcare
Date: 03/01/2017
Brian Hinman, Philips’ Chief Intellectual Property Officer, blogs here about innovation trends in healthcare, and how the use of intellectual property (IP) in the healthcare sector is evolving to encompass collaborative arrangements among multiple innovators, and the use of IP rights well beyond patents.
Software Innovation: A Major Contributor to EU’s Economy and Jobs
Date: 15/12/2016
Software, which has become a virtually ubiquitous part of everyday life, is a major contributor to innovation, jobs and the economy in the EU. The software industry generates €12.7bn (7.3%) of the R&D expenditure, €910bn (7.4%) of the GDP and 11.6mn (5.3%) of the jobs in the EU, directly and indirectly.
IP: Not just for Christmas!
Date: 06/12/2016
With the holiday season now well under way and festive shopping ramping up both on the high-street and online, a new campaign has been launched to encourage consumers to avoid fakes when making their purchasing decisions.