The week of WIPO love continues. This time it's the World Intellectual Property Report 2015, launched yesterday. Published every two years, the report looks at trends and interesting topics in IP (2013 on brands, 2011 on changing innovation.) 2015's theme is 'Breakthrough Innovations' and examines key technologies that have had transformative economic effects.
|WIPO Director General Launches |
2015 World Intellectual Property Report, WIPO Photo
Lead by Chief Economist Carsten Fink and his intrepid team of economists, the report develops six case studies -- three past and three current breakthrough technologies -- to trace their economic impact and the factors which facilitated their development. The three historical are airplanes, antibiotics and semiconductors; the three current are 3d printing, nanotechnology and robotics. Each of these case studies is detailed from a historical perspective, complemented with statistical analysis of related patents and patent mapping, and an analysis of the relationship between the innovation and IP. It is hard to do such an in-depth report justice in a blog posts, so I've selected some highlights.
|Moraxella CATarrhalis - not a feline pathogen|
"M. cat BSAC" by Dr Graham Beards
The report finds three ingredients key to creating a successful innovation system:
- Government support and funding for scientific research and support for the development of research (*cough* UK spending review *cough*)
- Competitive market forces and firm action
- Good linkages between innovation actors (e.g. open innovation and knowledge exchange)
|Super cool but too large for blog infographic,|
WIPO, click for full size
For readers looking for more stats (who isn't!), the next WIPO economics and stats report is the December publication of the World Intellectual Property Indicators.