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Learn to share

Johan Renes, partner with VEREENIGDE, publishes an article on why knowledge-based societies and economies need to share IP information, and how they can do it.

In the past two decades, governments, universities and companies have become very much aware that intellectual property rights are important immaterial assets. However, while in almost every field imaginable, commerce is moving towards the virtual world to offer, buy and share, in intellectual property the web does not play a such a big part.

Both on the public and the private side the originators of intellectual property rights could benefit from using the internet for just that: offering, buying and sharing.

In a three-page article which appeared in Managing Intellectual Property (September 2007), Johan Renes sets out to explain how, in his view, knowledge-based societies could increase the value of their intellectual property rights considerably through a controlled manner of sharing technology and know-how.