Having attended yesterday's little meeting on the new UK initiative to find out about how IP works before trying to legislate policy for it (see earlier post here), the IPKat can now tell his readers a little bit about what transpired.
In short, SABIP's chairman Joly Dixon, summarised the plot. We Brits are now going to deepen our knowledge of how IP works within the economy and make up for the fact that we have little hard evidence as to precisely how IP affects its owners, users and the various markets in which it is engaged or exploited. Since this is a very big task [says the IPKat, it's not much easier than creating a sort of industrial and economic Domesday Book for our current time], the responsible approach is for SABIP and the IPO to cooperate with other bodies in the funding, setting up and carrying out a research agenda that will establish at least a firm framework within which policy may be framed. NESTA and the ESRC were mentioned in this context, as well as the OECD. Joly emphasized that it was important to be multidisciplinary [Great, says Merpel, so long as we can keep the economists in a minority ...] and forward-looking [i.e. cut all the historical stuff and see where we are now. A good idea]. He called for a two-way dialogue [er, is there any other sort?] between stake-holders and policy-makers, though the IPKat wasn't sure whether this dialogue was to come (i) before the research, (ii) simultaneously with it, (iii) following its conclusion or (iv) any combination of the above.
So was this little gathering a success? The IPKat thinks so. Sitting the invitees around tables rather than in formal rows helped generate much constructive discussion before the event and a good deal of card-swapping. The content of the presentations was interesting, relevant, well-delivered and left the audience with a sense of something constructive and valuable stirring. These are of course early days, but the Kat says, "so far, so good".