lighting, Diplomacy

Round table on Open Innovation in the Proprietary World

18 March 2015 -

Geneva and online

Event description

The MAPPING consortium, in collaboration with DiploFoundation as a consortium member, is holding a round table on Open Innovation in the Proprietary World. Join stakeholders in a reflection on the impact of the current EU IPR protection regime on innovation and economic growth and the future of Open Innovation in the proprietary world. Join us in Geneva or online.

[Update] View the recordings from the event:

Welcome & Introductions:

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Keynote address:

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Session 1:

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Session 2:

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Second keynote address:

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Session 3:

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Session 4:

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Closing remarks:

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Full playlist:

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[Update] Report from the Open Innovation event: Open Data, Open Access, And Open Education – Key To Open Innovation?
[UpdateIPR regime: a barrier to innovation? Read the report from the event for a summary of the discussions.
[UpdateThe photo gallery from the event is available.
[UpdateLive tweeting: #theGIP

Intellectual property (IP) is often protected by a time-limited monopoly on economic exploitation of exclusive rights. It is often alleged that business models based on such a traditional IP conceptualization can stifle scientific and technological progress, often leading to prohibitive practices and chilling effects on the economy and on innovation. Open Source (OS) software and Creative Commons (CC) licences have emerged as amongst the most acclaimed alternatives to hurdles created by the traditional business models. Although most open innovation endeavours offer both tangible and intangible benefits to participants, not all eschew the more traditional economic rewards. Many new companies have been built on such concepts.

Join representatives of the MAPPING consortium and other main stakeholders from around the world in a reflection on the impact of the current EU IPR protection regime on innovation and economic growth and the future of Open Innovation in the proprietary world.

We will tackle questions such as:

  • Are Open Innovation approaches viable and competitive in today’s proprietary world?
  • Can business models based on OS and CC concepts be sustainable?
  • Does the future look bright for Open Knowledge initiatives?
  • Can Open Innovation be a driver of economic development?

Participation & registration

The event will take place on Thursday, 19th March, 2015, at DiploFoundation, WMO Building, 7bis, Avenue de la Paix, Geneva, Switzerland.

Remote/online participation will be available during the event. Online participants are encouraged to register and participate in the discussions.

To join the discussions, whether online or in situ, please register here.

Round-table agenda & speakers

[Update] An updated conference agenda, including speakers’ bios, is available.

The round-table agenda as follows:

8:45 – 9:15


9:15 – 9:30

Welcome & Introductions
Joe Cannataci (Project Coordinator; University of Groningen), Oleksandr Pastukhov (Head of IPR project work package; University of Malta), Jovan Kurbalija (DiploFoundation)

9:30 – 10:30


Key-note address: Intellectual Property Rights: Incentivising Creativity or Stifling Innovation?
Darren Todd (Author, Pirate Nation; Editor, Evolved Publishing)

10:30 – 10:45

Coffee break

10:45 – 11:45


Session 1: IP policies today – failing to understand innovation?
Moderator: Bogdan Manolea (ApTI)
Principal discussants: Rihards Gulbis (Ministry of Culture, Latvia), Jim Killock (Open Rights Group), Philippe Laurent (Marx, Van Ranst, Vermeersch & Partners)
Special intervention on F/OSS in developing countries by Nnenna Nwakanma (World Wide Web Foundation)

11:45 – 12:45


Session 2: Business models for the Free/Open Source movement
Moderator: Pedro Gomez (Hoplite Software)
Principal discussants: Mario Pena (Safe Creative), Georg Greve (Free Software Foundation Europe), Giuseppe Mazziotti (Trinity College Dublin)

12:45 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:30

Second key-note address: Innovation through Liberty
George Greve (Free Software Foundation Europe)

14:30 – 15:15


Session 3: Open Data, Open Access and Open Education resources – key to Open Innovation
Moderator: Oleksandr Pastukhov (Head of IPR project work package; University of Malta)
Principal discussants: Claire Gallon (Libertic), Dimitar Dimitrov (Wikimedia), Ryan Scicluna (University of Malta)

15:15– 16:00


Session 4: Revenue-generating techniques for Open Knowledge organisations
Moderator: Christian Hawellek (Leibniz University of Hannover)
Principal discussants: Maria Swietlik (Internet Society Poland), Charlotte Wälde (University of Exeter), Nicolaie Constantinescu (Kosson; OpenAIRE OpenAIRE)

16:00 – 16.15

Coffee break

16:15 – 17:00


Round-up: The future of Open Innovation in the proprietary world
Moderator: Joe Cannataci (Project Coordinator; University of Groningen)
All the discussants

Further information is available here.