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When patent licences don’t lead to tech transfer

Schermata 2015-02-25 alle 15.33.31 The defender of licensing affirm that the system facilitates tech transfer and passing of critical knowledge from investors to companies. That happens with patent trolls or non-practicing entities. But a study by Mark Lemley (Stanford University) and Robin Feldman (UC Hastings) shows that the majority don’t lead to innovation projects, but are about paying for freedom to keep doing what the licensee was already doing. This conclusion seems to admit that the copyright opponents are right, because this append also for product producing companies and universities. Upload the paper: .pdf

How social innovation is changing our lives?

Nesta is an english project funded by European Union, who studies the innovative impact that the network can have on our lives. Nesta produces interesting reports: Growing in digital social innovation ecosystem for Europe is a rundown on social innovation possible, based on four strands: Open Hardware, Open Networks, Open Data, Open Knowledge. The report is accompanied by examples of projects and useful reflections. 10 predictions for 2015 strives to identify developmental trajectories that influence our behavior. One of the issues, very present with us, is the organization of ideas on the net. The aforementioned project is D-CENT, who initiated experiments in Finland and Iceland, and also in Spain with Podemos. I suggest to read two papers too: on Accelerators and about Startups

EFISIO, financing Smart City

Efisio EFISIO is an  interactive platform for mapping national and international projects, using diagrams, models and financial instruments for the implementation of interventions in the “smart city”contest. Objective of Efisio is becoming a real community of practice on the issues of “Financial Planning for Smart City” and a dynamic discussion and debate among administrators, technicians and operators. The platform is aimed primarily at policy-makers, administrators and technical staff of local authorities who wish to deal with the experiences of financial planning of projects that have an impact on local development and that are characterized by a strong “smart”. EFISIO is divided into four areas, in addition to the Home Page: • The “Index”, which presents the projects scope, financial instrument, financial source or Region from where project managers come from. • The card project, which has all the information and data of the project. • The “Glossary” where you can learn the most definitions that are found within the platform. • The “bulletin board”, space dedicated to the most relevant information concerning projects and individual administrations involved. Each user, starting from the home page and choosing their own “thematic” of interest, can follow a guided route among the themed trails, or draw personal guidelines, constantly attended by an interactive and dynamic interface, offering at any when the opportunity to interact with the extensive information contained in the tabs of the design experiences that are presented. The platform is full of case studies and information on experiences and funding models.

IDC on Smart Manufacturing

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Smart Manufacturing is the way, for many countries, to revitalize many industries. IDC has published its insights in the report IDC PlanScape: Smart Manufacturing – The Path to the Future Factory.

Key findings of the new report include:
  • Use the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) equation to understand the potential benefits, and tie those benefits to financial metrics such as revenue, costs, and asset levels to justify investment.
  • Broaden the OEE beyond individual pieces of equipment to look at the overall impact on product lines, factories, and the whole network of production facilities.
  • Technology investment can be separated into capabilities related to connectivity, data acquisition, analytics, and actuation.
  • A unifying architecture is required to bring the technology pieces together.
  • Move toward an integrated governance model that incorporates both operation technology (OT) and information technology (IT) resources.
  • Choose an investment cadence based on the level of executive support for smart manufacturing.

frontiersCities for smart mobility

FrontierCities is one of the sixteen European accelerators under FI-WARE initiative which aim is to pave the ground for European developers and entrepreneurs longing to create their own digital business by providing mentoring, support and a total amount of EUR 3,920,000 in grant funding for innovative solutions in the smart mobility field. FC provides from €50,000 up to €150,000 to SMEs, Start-Ups and  Web-Developers through an open call  in order to develop and deploy smart mobility applications. More information here: How  to apply? frontierCities Call application process is a user-friendly 2-step process. Step 1 – Proposal Summary submission – 16th February 2015 Step 2 – Full Application submission– 16th April 2015 Register and submit your applications at

Horizon 2020: 117 Mns in new grants for SME

Over 275 innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are on track to receive a total of €117 million in new grants from Horizon 2020. These are the latest results of calls under the new €3 billion SME Instrument, launched under Horizon 2020 to help innovative small firms get ideas from the lab to the market and help generate growth and jobs for Europe. This new funding brings the total amount from the SME Instrument so far destined for innovative companies to €125 million. Horizon 2020 Here the EC news

Rinascimento in Lombardy Region

Schermata 2014-11-20 alle 10.21.17Lombardy Region held in Milan, on 13 and 14 November, a major conference in collaboration with DG Enterprise & Industry of the European Commission. The subject was the regional policy and the innovation. One of the axes of Europe 2020 is the Regional policy, seen as a tool to respond to the financial crisis and trigger innovation in 360 °. The Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) wants to give practical tools for member countries to enhance the excellence of the territories, making the continentale economy more competitive. Emerging Industries are the result of the regional policy through clusters and specialisation activities. On the website of the conference are documents setting, and soon will be published the conference proceedings. Here a background paper on the theme of regional policy in relationship with innovation.

Startups in Europe

Schermata 2014-11-19 alle 17.25.44There are two basic elements that have made the issue of startups to become one of the “hottest” of the moment. First, the development of the Apps, which followed the success of the smartphones; many of these have been developed by young graduates, and some have had a huge success. But even more, the financial crisis, with its heavy impact on the traditional labor market, has led many young people to look for a solution in self entrepreneurship. In fact, at least three years, the phoenomenon has become important at an international level. The study conducted by PEDAL Consulting for the “Startup America Partnership” map for the first time the European ecosystem, limited to ICT, remaining outside the biotech, hard-tech and clean tech. Nevertheless, a picture on Europe has a great interest, and Italy looks good in context. The top countries are the UK, Germany and France, London and Berlin are the most vibrant cities. In Berlin and London also reside the VCs most active. More comforting is the number of exits (ie sales of stat ups for investors who hope to transform the business), growing over the years: from 30 in 2011 to 37 in 2012, 54 in 2013 and only 67 in the first half of 2014 . Conversely, the number of startups has been affected by the crisis. One-fifth of the startups was initiated in pre-crisis period, only 8% in 2008. 63% benefited from seed funding or A (immediately after), while the crowfunding, widespread in the US, in Europe is little active. In this report, additional elements. The study is preliminary, it must be extended to the areas mentioned above in order to give a more comprehensive idea. There is no doubt, however, that the phenomenon is expected to grow, given the evolution of the labor market. Two phenomena that characterize the evolutionary trend: – The gradual disappearance of the job for life – The growth of the work related to the management of knowledge and the massive progressive automation of many tasks, not only manual