On March, 17th 2015 Liina Tonisson and me joined a one-day conference on the role of patents for the digital single market which was organized by the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies of the Joint Research Center (JRC, European Commission). The topic of the conference is in-line with the current discussions around Europe’s Digital Agenda. For research and innovation, the agenda claims the goal of “scaling-up the ICT innovation ecosystem in Europe. The Commission works to improve innovation in Europe by providing instruments that enhance research, entrepreneurs and companies.” ICT standardisation is emphasized as an important framework condition for innovation in Europe. Obviously, patents are right in the middle of that discussion. The list of the around 150 participants at the conference revealed a broad spectrum of organisations interested in that topic. The European Commission attended with a significant number of participants from different DGs, but the academia, industry and interests groups were well represented.
End of January 2014 the IP Industry Base covered more than 1,590 different providers in the global market on IP-related services. For these companies our database contained 3,202 offices in 837 different cities. This makes it a perfect showcase for the heatmap.js toolkit authored by Patrick Wied. The heatmap below shows how the offices of the IP Service Industry are spread globally.