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Ireland’s Máire Geoghegan Quinn has been handed the newly-created innovation portfolio at the EU executive. (Full coverage of new Commission, click here). The job is an expanded version of the old Research & Science post, and comes just months before the first European Innovation Act is due to be published. The creation of an innovation… » read more

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The temporary ‘crisis committee’ should take on innovation policy Earlier this month, the European Parliament’s new committee on ‘financial, economic and social crisis’ met for the first time, pledging to examine how Europe got into this mess and how we might get out of it. All the talk was of reflecting on past mistakes and… » read more

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Lawmakers will soon have so many issues to consider that they will be unable to function A new report by a panel of innovation experts offers a useful insight into the thinking that will shape next year’s European Innovation Act. It covers financing, collaboration and it attempts to broaden the definition of innovation. It is… » read more

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Patent reform shelved pending European Cout of Justice decision European member states have found a new excuse for their failure to agree on the community patent system which all are agreed is essential to the much-vaunted “knowledge economy”: the positive move to introduce a unified patent litigation system (UPLS) requires the opinion of the European… » read more

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There is a movement afoot to bring the education and industry sectors closer together. The European Commission is on board, industry is thrilled and business schools see a market opportunity. Some go as far as to suggest that industry should have input into university curricula. The prevailing logic runs like this: Industry and innovation are… » read more

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A government-appointed expert group in Ireland makes uncomfortable reading for all invested in Europe’s “knowledge economy” experiment. It questioned (a) whether Ireland’s investment in ‘STI’ (science, technology and innovation) is really economically worthwhile and (b) whether producing 20% more PhD students might be counterproductive. These points are buried in a lengthy report by an academic… » read more

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When words like “subprime” and “credit crunch” entered the public lexicon in 2007, commentators said it would pass within a few months. Once banks published their annual reports, they said, we’d know who had toxic assets on their balance sheets and confidence would return to the markets. That was two years ago. Now, as the… » read more

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Oh dear. As if the debate on nanotechnology were not complex enough, it now seems companies are quietly burying references to nanomaterials contained in consumer produts. Until recently, branding something as containing ‘nanotechnology’ was seen as a plus – a marketing boost. Now though, a new pattern is emerging. Consumer groups in Norway, the UK… » read more

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