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Open Innovation and Intellectual Property


Friday, May 15, 2009 from 2:00 PM to 4:45 PM (BST)

Open Innovation and Intellectual Property

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NESTA, The Wellcome Trust and the Creative Commons is jointly hosting a conference to explore how Commons tools can unlock innovation by making it easier for artists, scientists, researchers and businesses to share, collaborate and build on the work of others. Much innovation today is hampered by a lack of access to existing data, content and facilities. In sectors such as biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, a lack of openness leads to duplication of existing research activities and significant effort down blind allies. In the creative industries, the absence of simple, standardised licensing arrangements which establish usage rights is holding back innovative online business models. Yet it is sectors such as biotechnology and the creative industries which are otherwise best placed to lead the UK out of recession.


One solution is the adoption of the ‘Commons’ model of intellectual property. The commercial and wider social benefits of using the Commons model to address the barriers to sharing are potentially huge. It is estimated, for example, that there are already 130 million Creative Commons licensed works in the world, an over six-fold increase since 2005. And large numbers of service providers are appearing with new business models to "lubricate" the Commons marketplace for knowledge, services and resources.


NESTA’s conference will explore the impact of the Creative Commons to date, and debate its strengths and weaknesses as a model for supporting innovation. In science, the case of the health sector may be particularly compelling: under traditional drug development models, a well-funded research group starting today has a slim chance at getting a drug to market by 2025. Can a Health Commons speeden up drug discovery? In the creative industries, film, games and music businesses point to the way intellectual property rights are managed as a barrier to innovation. Can more widespread adoption of Creative Commons licenses support new business models for the sector?




Lunch served from 13.00



Welcome & Introduction by Jonathan Kestenbaum

Plenary by James Boyle on Open innovation and the Creative Commons


Plenary by John Wilbanks on Open innovation and the Science Commons 




Parallel Panel Session 1: Open innovation in Health/Science  
John Wilbanks (Science Commons), Sir John Sulston (Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation), Dr Adam Heathfield (Pfizer) and Dr David Brown (Babraham Biotechnology Ltd)
Chair: Stian Westlake (NESTA)


Parallel Panel Session 2: Creative Commons and the Creative Industries
David Bausola (Ag8), Professor Jennifer Jenkins (Duke Law School), Richard Mollet (British Phonographic Industry) and John McVay (PACT)
Chair: Mike Gubbins (Journalist)


Reflections - Stian Westlake, Mike Gubbins and Robin Webb, Director of Innovation, IPO


Drinks and networking



Have questions about Open Innovation and Intellectual Property? Contact Coproduction

When & Where

1 Plough Place
Off New Fetter Lane
EC4A 1DE London
United Kingdom

Friday, May 15, 2009 from 2:00 PM to 4:45 PM (BST)

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The Coproduction Roadshows are jointly hosted by the Coproduction Practitioners Network NESTA, nef and a range of partners across the country including Scotland's Futures Forum, the Welsh Assembly Government, SPICE, Coprodnet, Governance International, Birmingham University and Timebanking UK.

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