Intellectual property needs intelligent communication

A press release for World Intellectual Property Day opens ...

“The genesis of any new idea or procedure in the fields of science, technology and engineering is an exciting discovery for those involved. However, it is the Intellectual property path - from creation to commercialisation - that is crucial in deciding success or failure of any such discovery,” according to Director-General of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Professor Frank Gannon.  

Well, not only do I think Frank should not have permitted this wonkiness of wording and punctuation to be the "pre-manufactured" quote for his thoughts on the subject, I actually think he might be wrong. A great idea or system can be, in certain circumstances, a success without commercialisation or ownership, and in fact it may be that commercialisation and ownership are the worst things that can happen to certain ideas.

The statement should have been more precise and down-to-earth in order to appeal intimately to the people who are concerned about protecting their work. Something like: "New ideas and new approaches to solving problems can be valuable to those who come up with them, as long as they are managed carefully. The notion of intellecual property has been developed to help innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs to protect their work from being commercialised without their consent."

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