|Best thing about the|
coffee: it was in a mug
|The UK IPO: the motif on the left symbolises|
the main product of Wales, where the IPO
is based -- rain drops
Next up was Dr Helmut Appel ( Fraunhofer -- an admirable innovation promotion organisation which was first mentioned on this weblog as long ago as September 2005 and which could well serve as a model for other countries to copy). Dr Appel spoke about the function of his organisation and outlined the "L2Pro SME Training Platform", a four-way initiative to create a 3G mobile-enabled facility for SMEs to learn about intellectual property on an interactive need-to-know basis while they were doing exciting things like, er, getting on with their real work and not attending endless IP briefings. The L2Pro project, which the IPO hopes will soon bring benefits to the United Kingdom too, is also supported by Qualcomm and Inno Actions IP4Inno (now transferred to EACI) [the Kat thinks EACI is the Executive Agency for Competitive and Innovation, but he's prepared to be corrected; there were a lot of acronyms in the air, it was very early in the morning and the coffee was disappointing ...].
What this Kat liked best was the Q&A session, at which the speakers were, inter alia, grilled as to their lack of familiarity with criminal sanctions for patent infringement and firmly reproached for having said nothing about second-tier protection for innovations (one of this Kat's favourite hobby-horses right now (click here if further proof is required). Someone managed to ask a question about the user interface for L2Pro and whether it was as able to assist SME users who were faced with other people's IP rights rather than trying to assert or develop their own ("yes", was Dr Appel's reassuring answer) but, for the most part, the questions went a good deal wider than the organisers of the briefing might reasonably have expected. Must have been the coffee ...