On the 29th of April 2014,  the IET Barcelona local network,  together with Bardehle Pagenberg organised a seminar on the Intellectual property in the ICT sector.

Our host and fellow IET member Dario gave us a warm welcome and after presentations we were introduced and given an overview on the field of Intellectual property and patents in the ICT sector.

Given the vastness of the topic, we were exposed to the essence of the different types of intellectual property, when each of them should be preferred with respect to the others while also explaining why it is important to protect novel technology endeavours.

Being able to testify that a company is the owner of a core technology asset can mean a very effective defence against other competitors trying to use it illicitly and can mean the possibility to survive in case of entering a new market with established players.

Not only should the most economically viable and technological feasible ideas be patented, but also those that where parked for the moment due to the immaturity of the implementation means because, very often, science makes big strides and in a few years a patent can be very valuable.

IP rights have a great value as a business tool to aid in the growth of small start-ups to big multinationals in promoting and exporting their products and services worldwide.

All in all, it was an excellent way to understand how the European law grants the right to own technology assets which solves a problem or improves it in a novel way.

Stay in touch with our network to learn more about future seminars on the topic or contact us for proposals

Best regards

The IET Barcelona Local Network

Robert Heaton