Within the scope of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) organised a High Level Conference on Intellectual Property and Digital Transition, an online event with INESC TEC’s participation.
On February 11, the Centro Cultural de Belém hosted the international conference on “The Intellectual Property metamorphosis in the Age of Digital Transition”. According to the motto “remember the past, act in the present and reflect on the challenges of the future”, this initiative aimed to address, on the one hand, the importance of Intellectual Property in the European context, and, on the other hand, focus on the promotion of digital transformation of organisations, as they will be important drivers of economic recovery. The event welcomed 1255 participants from all over the world, meeting virtually on a stage that featured several stakeholders involved in the field of Intellectual Property, representing companies, academia, state entities and expert organisations.
INESC TEC, through the Technology Licensing Office (SAL), participated in the expositive component, with the presentation of a series of successful cases of valorisation of the Institute’s technologies, premised on intellectual property rights, and resulting from several projects – namely “iLoF”, “iHand U”, “Safecloud”, “Fibersensing”, “ePredator” and “WeSENSS”.
Daniel Vasconcelos, head of SAL and Portuguese European IP Helpdesk Ambassador (a European Commission programme dedicated to free and top support to SMEs in the field of Intellectual Property Rights), highlighted the importance of this event to INESC TEC. “Intellectual Property rights are significantly important to the processes of transferring and improving technology. Considering INESC TEC’s profile, we were happy to accept INPI’s invitation to present, through a digital exhibitor, some actual cases of national patents that can help creating companies, jobs, wealth and impact on society. Since INESC TEC is a model entity in this field, at national and European levels, it ought to contribute and ensure the path of excellence in the management of its Intellectual Property”.
“Innovation in the public and private sectors”, “Counterfeiting in the digital age”, “The challenge of global markets” or “The future of organisations in the field of Intellectual Property” were some of the topics discussed throughout the day, in a session that featured presentations by different experts in the field, such as Daren Tang, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Christian Archambeau, Executive Director of the European Union Intellectual Property Office, and António Campinos, President of the European Patent Office. Other official presences included Pedro Siza Vieira, Minister of State for the Economy and Digital Transition, and Manuel Heitor, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education.
The INESC TEC researcher mentioned in this news piece is associated with INESC TEC.