Celia Ler­man Speaks about Open In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­er­ty Strate­gies at the Min­istry of Pro­duc­tive De­vel­op­ment of Argentina’s Open In­no­va­tion On­line Course

Celia Lerman Speaks about Open Intellectual Property Strategies at the Ministry of Productive Development of Argentina’s Open Innovation Online Course


Celia Ler­man, our part­ner and ex­pert in In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­er­ty Law at Ler­man & Szlak, was part of the ex­perts’ pan­el at the Open In­no­va­tion On­line Course 5th ses­sion on Ju­ly 1, 2020, of­fered by the Min­istry of Pro­duc­tive De­vel­op­ment of Ar­genti­na and the Of­fice of In­dus­try, Knowl­edge Econ­o­my, & Ex­ter­nal Com­mer­cial Man­age­ment. This ses­sion was ded­i­cat­ed to the role of In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­er­ty in Open In­no­va­tion and the dif­fer­ent meth­ods avail­able to share new in­ven­tions while pre­serv­ing core el­e­ments of IP.

In her lec­ture, Celia ex­plained how to de­sign and im­ple­ment IP Strate­gies in Open In­no­va­tion projects. This way, both in­di­vid­ual and or­ga­ni­za­tions can share their in­no­va­tions and in­crease their val­ue with­out los­ing con­trol over such cre­ations’ terms. This ad­van­tage is among the rea­sons why open source li­cens­es have gained pop­u­lar­i­ty and be­come wide­spread over the last decade. As a re­sult, many busi­ness­es are us­ing them in­ten­tion­al­ly to share their knowl­edge and guar­an­tee that such as­sets would con­tin­ue to be gov­erned as they planned. She pro­vid­ed cur­rent ex­am­ples of tech­nol­o­gy shared to fight Covid-19 un­der open li­cens­es (like the Medtron­ic ven­ti­la­tor), and pro­posed a three steps ap­proach to de­sign ef­fi­cient Open IP Strate­gies for sim­i­lar cas­es:

Over­all, Celia rec­om­mend­ed a bal­anced ap­proach when ap­ply­ing IP le­gal tools in or­der to in­cen­tive col­lab­o­ra­tive cre­ation and the ex­change of ideas, show­ing that there is no need to sta­b­lish to­tal­ly ex­clu­sive IP Rights over an as­set to pro­tect it, nor to free it as pub­lic do­main to be able to share it. In­stead, an­a­lyz­ing the ad­van­tages and chal­lenges of Open In­no­va­tion along­side an ex­pert is nec­es­sary to pre­pare the IP Strat­e­gy on each case.

We in­vite our clients, col­leagues, and friends to watch the video and to en­roll in the re­main­ing ses­sions of the Course, and/or vis­it the pre­vi­ous ses­sions here. We al­so con­grat­u­late the oth­er pan­elists and the Course or­ga­niz­ers for of­fer­ing this knowl­edge while Covid19 is still part of our dai­ly lives. Once again, we wish to reaf­firm that the pro­mo­tion of Open Innovation’s ben­e­fits is para­mount to sup­port the changes that have been ac­cel­er­at­ed as a re­sult of this glob­al cri­sis.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Open In­no­va­tion and IP Strat­e­gy, con­tact us at [email protected].


About Angela

Angela works closely with Team Lerman & Szlak, specializing in online intellectual property research and content.

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