Global Cachet

Archives for Innovation

The “Fire of Genius”

“Patents provide the fuel of interest to the fire of genius.” Abraham Lincoln. The “fire of genius” does not underscore the importance of having an exceedingly high IQ score; but instead the importance of creativity, innovation, and ingenuity. Creativity is the production of something original and useful while innovation is the link between R&D and… » read more

Posted by KAlley

Housing slump, financial crisis, economic recession, business confidence falling….there is no shortage of headlines telling us that, to put it politely, we are facing deteriorating economic circumstances. The impact will likely be felt from the corporate boardroom to developing world aid programs and everything in between. If companies cut back R&D spending and if resources… » read more

Posted by KAlley

The EU is famous for launching new, and usually well-funded, projects aimed at making Europe the most ‘competitive economy in world by 2010’ – more commonly known as the “Lisbon Strategy 2000” or the “Re-launched Lisbon Strategy 2005”. On September 15, another piece of this jigsaw puzzle was officially launched – the new European Institute… » read more

Posted by KAlley

Knowledge economy…knowledge worker…knowledge creation…knowledge society….Are these mere buzz words or do they represent a changing society? This was the topic of a gathering of European researchers and academics in Munich this week to discuss a European strategy for handling ‘knowledge’ in an knowledge-based economy. While a theoretical or philosophical discussion of ‘knowledge’ is interesting –… » read more

Posted by KAlley

As the first decade of the 21st century draws to a close, it is increasingly evident that innovative solutions to the challenges facing the global economy and society are needed in order to propel growth in today’s knowledge-based economies. This was underscored on Monday when French Prime Minister François Fillon called his economic ministers back… » read more

Posted by KAlley

France, and to be more specific, French courts, appear to be rapidly setting the agenda for EU policy on counterfeiting liability with the second decision in three weeks finding eBay liable for sales of counterfeit products via their Internet-based auction site. During this same time, the French Culture Minister presented a bill to cabinet that… » read more

Posted by KAlley

Obama, Clinton, McCain…Blair, Merkel, Rasmussen, Juncker…no doubt about it, 2009 will be a year of political change, new faces, new offices, and new policies on both sides of the Atlantic. European policymakers continue to talk about reviving the so-called ‘Lisbon Agenda’ and an array of new proposals and grant programs to kick start research and… » read more

Posted by KAlley

On Thursday, May 7, the European Patent Organization concluded its annual European Patent Forum. This year the focus was on ‘Inventing a Cleaner Future’. Climate change experts did a laudable job in setting the stage for a discussion on whether the current IP system—namely patents—was up to the task of encouraging innovation and dissemination of… » read more

Posted by KAlley