In an exciting event that took place on the 21th of February at the historical Bo Palace in Padova, UniSmart, University of Padova and LES International brought together their vibrant community of entrepreneurs, investors and academia to talk about what they know best: Technology and Innovation.
For the second year in a row, InnoRate was presented at the event. Innovation Talks represents a valuable occasion to gather inputs from successful entrepreneurs, young innovators, big international players and research excellences, spreading at the same time knowledge and information about the project. Following the success of the previous editions, more than 400 participants from industry, economic world and academia attended this third edition of Innovation Talks, which focused on the relationship between intellectual property management and innovation processes and had two dedicated sessions on Artificial Intelligence & Robotics and Additive Manufacturing
InnoRate had a prominent place at the event. The project’s leaflets were distributed to all participants to get them acquainted with its vision and rating methodology, while in the networking session that followed the panels, the team of UniSmart had the opportunity to engage participants and talk in more detail about InnoRate. Through the circulation and exchange of ideas, it appeared that InnoRate has the potential to position itself in the market as a useful matchmaking tool, with many of the participants amongst whom entrepreneurs, start-ups, investors etc. expressing their interest to remain updated on the course of the project.
The key take-aways of the event have been summarized by the organizers in the following five points:
- 1 – IP management at the core of open innovation
Patent Intelligence allows an analysis of the scenario, the scouting of business opportunities and the identification of active partners for future partnerships to be sealed through ad hoc agreements. Legal and technical skills are fundamental and promote the generation of new professional profiles that are enhanced in a win-win way along the value chain, enabling open innovation schemes.
- 2 – The focus of IP management moves from products to ecosystems
The impulse for innovation no longer lies only in products but in the ecosystem of services, users and stakeholders that rotate around them, giving rise to new challenges for those who work in the field of Intellectual Property Management. Universities play a key role in this context as innovation engines and encourage the change of mindsets.
- 3 – The future challenge is “phygital”
The spread of technologies (such as Additive Manufacturing and Artificial Intelligence), which move between the physical and digital world, requires the development of new approaches for IP Management to enable new business models in which both dimensions must be enhanced and where the greatest challenge is represented by the active involvement of the user as a value generator and part of the inventive process.
- 4 – Patents as an element of dialogue between small enterprises and giants
When we talk about Artificial Intelligence, and in general of digital technologies, most patents are held by multinational giants, while SMEs are in the vast majority the actors who have the greatest potential to invent new applications based on these assets. In this context, the preliminary analysis of the opportunities and the drafting of license agreements and patent enhancement allow the implementation of effective and long-lasting collaboration schemes.
- 5 – The contamination of skills at the core of new careers
A hybrid world in which legal and technological skills become contaminated necessarily requires the launch of innovative training and educational activities.
Want to learn more about the event and get to know the work of UniSmart? Visit their website here: https://www.unismart.it/