|Not all schools yet teach IP, it seems ...|
"Between 35% and 50% of young Europeans can display attitudes which favour counterfeiting or illegal downloading". This statistic prompted the OHIM Observatory to commission research which has now been published as IP Education in school curricula in the EU Member States (with some non-EU comparisons (here). This document is designed to assist educational policymakers in Member States to meet the challenge of the digital era.
The study took IP education to mean classroom-acquired competences that enable young people to become familiar with intellectual property, understand its potential to generate income and economic growth and lead them to respect intellectual property rights, whether their own or those of others.
While never a subject in its own right, IP rights can be found in curricula for entrepreneurship, citizenship, arts, ICT and STEM education. Unsurprisingly, copyright is the most commonly referenced IP right in the classroom, with patents, trade marks and design trailing. Good examples of private-public partnerships were revealed, in particular between commercial enterprises and relevant government ministries.
IP is taught at primary level more among non-EU comparators, who are also more likely to include infringement issues in their teaching.
OHIM is now prepared to set up a specialised network of education experts and stakeholders to develop appropriate, modern resources to include videos, games, tutorials, e-learning portals and other online content.
PS. The UK England country profile (pp 108-110) paints a picture of various initiatives from UKIPO and industry. Annex 2 (pp198-205) (which presents Education ministries' responses to the questionnaire which was a key element of the study's methodology) sadly shows a NIL return from UK England. Is it not time for the UKIPO, the Department of Education and industry to talk?
The UK-China Intellectual Property Symposium will be held at the Royal Society in London on 21 October 2015. It is an excellent opportunity for businesses to engage with policy-makers to understand the current IP systems in both countries and to learn about future reforms. The Symposium will be opened by the UK’s Minister for Intellectual Property, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, and will cover all the intellectual property rights as well as sessions focused on anti-counterfeiting and judicial enforcement. Each session will include a panel of speakers from the UK and China, with government, industry and academic representatives discussing latest developments and key issues for IP in both China and the UK.
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