By William Bird
At the LES conference “Commercial side of IP,”
in Warsaw Poland on 18 November, 2015, a participant
and speaker (see acknowledgements)
raised a question as to the future evolution of global IP
and the role of licensing and cross-licensing in it. The
opinion was expressed that IP should be free to evolve
without a need for revolution. An aim of the question
was to begin a process of the IP community accepting
and motivating a debate on the future evolution of IP.
According to the participant this debate should not end
up with a certain conclusion but should evolve in time
and help the IP community to adapt itself to changing
circumstances whereby in an evolutionary process the
best adapters and the best adapted should win through.
The following is a first take on this question.
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