An upcoming EEI ROUNDTABLE - "IP-FREE OPEN STANDARDS IN ICT : ANOTHER EU OWN GOAL IN THE INNOVATION RACE?" on 21
January (12:00 - 14:00) at the Renaissance Hotel in Brussels will consider the following:
Despite the fact that the ICT sector is considered strategic for growth and innovation in the broader economy, the EU has fallen behind its competitors in terms of investments in ICT R & D. As the European Commission prepares to lay out a strategy for this sector in the 21st century, there is increasing pressure on EU and national public authorities to buy ICT products that conform to open standards that contain no intellectual property, or in which the intellectual property is subject to low or zero royalty rates and/or cannot carry use restrictions.
Where does this pressure come from? Does it really serve the interests of a European Union determined to compete in the global knowledge economy? Or does the warm-sounding populist rhetoric calling for "openness" risk turning Europe into an innovation "dead zone"?
EEI's Peter Jungen is a legendary member of the old Brussels lobby guard who masters the challenges of modern internet societies with 1950th cold war rhetorics and German angst. He is looking for answers to his questions from:
Gunnar Hökmark, Member of the European Parliament and Moderator,
Ken Ducatel, Member of the Cabinet of EU Commissioner Viviane Reding,
Pilar del Castillo, Member of the European Parliament,
Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum,
Stéphane Tronchon, Qualcomm,
Per Werngren, CEO of IDE (Sweden)
Nigel Gibbons, CEO of Unitech (UK) and
Jens Gaster, Senior Expert Industrial Property, European Commission, DG Internal Market
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