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European Inventor Award Highlights Top Innovations

By Ideas Matter

Europe has a wealth of clever inventors, and 15 notable sets of inventors and inventions are being considered for the 2016 European Inventor Award prizes that will be announced by the European Patent Office (EPO) on 9 June. This month, Ideas Matter will be highlighting these inventors and their patented innovations, which include new technologies in all kinds of high-tech, industrial, medical and other fields.

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World IP Day 2016: Highlighting Innovation at 250+ Events Worldwide

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From an event in the House of Commons in London, to awards for innovation and patenting in India, an ‘IP salon’ in China, and celebration of an inventor from Colombia helped by the Inventor Assistance Program (IAP), World IP Day 2016 was marked this week by more than 250 events in 65 countries highlighting the importance of intellectual property for innovation, company growth and development.

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Intellectual property benefits economic and social development

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Meetings among developing and developed countries at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) this month have highlighted—through pronouncements and case studies from throughout the developing world—the many ways that intellectual property can help economic, social, cultural and other development.

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Fakes: a growing drag on developing, developed economies

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The latest report from the OECD and EUIPO on trade in counterfeit goods is out, and the bad news is that about 2.5% of world trade or $461 billion now consists of fakes in all kinds of items, from the usual luxury handbags and watches to auto parts that fail, pharmaceuticals that make people sick, toys that harm children, baby formula that provides no nourishment, and medical instruments that deliver false readings.

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What do young people think of IP in online content and products?

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Concerns over possible theft of credit card details, risks of computer viruses and malware, and potential quality problems and the lack of guarantees, are among the top reasons that young people in the EU are convinced to acquire or use legitimate intellectual-property (IP) based material online.

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