11/11/2006

The evolution of intellectual property

Building a New IP Marketplace Firms endeavor to find the ideal balance between traditional proprietary invention and the new more open collaborative business models.

The importance of sharing, protecting and leveraging intellectual property was a consistent theme throughout IBM's Global Innovation Outlook (IBM), a worldwide conversation with 248 thought leaders from nearly three dozen countries and regions, representing 178 organizations.

These experts collaborated with IBM'ers to discuss the issues, determine the key characteristics of a properly functioning IP marketplace, and establish a blueprint for meaningful change.

The results of the project are reflected in a collaboratively written manifesto establishing the foundation of a functioning marketplace for the creation, ownership, licensing and equitable exchange of intellectual property.

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09/23/2006

A broad-based innovation strategy for the EU

On Sept. 13, 2006 the European Commission has tabled a 10 point programme for action at national and European levels to foster innovation as a main asset of the EU economy. This will form the basis for the discussion by European leaders at the informal Summit due to take place in Lahti, Finland on 20 October 2006.

The programme points the way forward to accompany industry-led innovation with public policies at all levels as a core element of the renewed Lisbon strategy for growth and jobs. The Commission seeks to develop the concept of "lead markets" where public authorities, facilitate industry-led innovation by creating conditions for a successful market uptake of innovative products and services in a focussed way.

Primary targets are areas that respond to societal demands (e.g. areas such as transport or health, internal security, eco-innovation...). The Commission calls upon Member States to make the structural reforms necessary to deliver the results required. The Commission underlines that Europe does not need new commitments from Member States but political leadership and decisive action.

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08/14/2006

PME vs Grandes Entreprises

Ce sont toujours les grandes entreprises qui affichent la plus grande croissance en termes d'emploi et la plus grande valeur ajoutée en Belgique. C'est ce qui ressort du Panorama de l'économie belge 2004-2005 publié en juin 2006 par le Service Public Fédéral Economie, PME, Classes moyennes et Energie.

Selon le panorama, en 2004, le secteur privé comptait en Belgique 213.000 employeurs occupant 2.475.000 postes de travail. Les grandes entreprises[1] représentaient 3% des employeurs. Entre 2000 et 2004, l'emploi total a augmenté de 4,6 % (5,9 % et 2,9% dans les grandes entreprises et dans les PME respectivement) pour atteindre 1.432.500 postes de travail dans les grandes entreprises et 1.042.500 dans les PME.

La part des PME dans la valeur ajoutée totale de l'économie belge a atteint, en 2004, 28,7 %. Leur contribution majeure se situe dans les secteurs : (1) immobilier, location et services aux entreprises, (2) commerce de gros et de détail ; réparation de véhicules automobiles et d'articles domestiques, (3) construction, (4) industries manufacturières.

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[1] Dans le panorama, les entreprises employant plus de 50 personnes sont considérées comme des grandes entreprises.

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08/06/2006

Entrepreneurship in Belgium

BusinessWeek online published on July 11, 2006 an interesting paper from Ann Mettler, executive director and co-founder of The Lisbon Council. Mettler vows Europeans must embrace Entrepreneurship. Abandoning the "cliché of class warfare", they will have to learn to court risk in order for the Continent's sluggish economies to prosper.

According to a recent Eurobarometer survey, Belgians prefer employee status (58 %) while Americans opt for self-employed status (61 %). The major reasons are : (1) social security (25%), (2) regular, fixed income versus irregular, variable income (17%), (3) stability of employment (16%).

"Suddenly, politicians across Europe seem to be banking on entrepreneurs to solve the Continent's perennial problem of low growth and mass unemployment" Mettler quotes.

But the key impediment to entrepreneurship in Europe looks like to be cultural "preferring economic incumbents, big brands, linear career paths, and unforgiving attitude towards failure".

The political class (especially education leaders) has to pay more attention to the young people who are the backbone of every successful economy. Including an entrepreneurship culture in the education curricula is no more a nice to have but becomes a must to succeed.

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