The European Commission (DG Enterprise and Industry) is organizing its 2nd Joint European Conference on Intellectual Property rights in ICT standardization in cooperation with the European Patent Office. Last year the Commission hosted the conference on Tensions between IPR & Standards and released the final report on the Interplay between Standards and Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). This conference will build upon these new insights and discusses about public authorities and international perspective: how to increase transparency and predictability?
Throughout the world, public policies increasingly rely on innovative and interoperable ICT solutions to implement major projects for the benefit of society in domains such as eHealth, efficient energy use, cloud computing, integrated transport systems and smart grids. The effectiveness of the proposed solutions depends to a large extent on the level of interoperability between the various ICT components of the systems which in turn depends on the effectiveness and consistency of the set of ICT standards underpinning the application.
The conference will focus on the role, expectations and responsibilities of public authorities in relation to the use of interoperable ICT technologies in support of competitiveness and innovative applications to meet policy objectives. It will have a broad international dimension including representatives of public authorities from Europe and other world regions as well as industry and standardisation organisations with a global reach. Key notes will be provided by the European Commission and then European patent office.
The event is taking place in Brussels 24 November 2011, Bedford Hotel and Congress Centre, 135-137 Rue du Midi, 1000 Brussels.