Imagining the IP future
Three years ago the European Patent Office launched an innovative project to consider how the IP environment may evolve by 2025. What they discovered will have far-reaching consequences for IP users, owners and policy makers, says project leader Shirin Elahi
In 1159 John of Salisbury wrote in his Metalogicon a passage
that uniquely conveys the sense of the importance of patents in
the innovation process: "Bernard of Chartres used to say that
we are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can
see more than they, and things at a greater distance, not by
virtue of any sharpness on sight on our part, or any physical
distinction, but because we are carried high and raised up by
their giant size."
The scenarios project In 2004 the European Patent Office
initiated a scenarios project to examine the environment in
which it operates. The primary aim was to ensure that the
organization and the system it serves remain fit for purpose.
This investigation, which entailed simulating possible future
worlds (or scenarios), developed from a small, internally
focussed project to a wide-ranging exercise involving more than
150 experts from many disciplines...
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