Success in any area is often a combination of three things: talent, hard work and perseverance. For software-as-a-service (SaaS) company Darts-ip, all three were needed to grow a pioneering idea from a handful of people to a 300-strong organisation in just 13 years. The talent came in the form of two groups from very different industries. The service they wanted to offer, to make legal research as easy as possible, came from trademark lawyer and Darts-ip founder Jean-Jo Evrard. While working in Brussels and Paris for law firm NautaDutilh, Evrard was frustrated.
Your brand is everything in the global marketplace. It is no exaggeration to say that a business now lives and dies by both its offline, online and social reputation. Because of this, searching a trademark is more vital than ever before. It is important for trademark professionals to work faster and more effectively in searching, clearing and registering strong marks to ensure clients have a competitive advantage. To do so requires the merging of the old and new: the specific knowledge that only highly experienced trademark experts can provide, with the advantages of the latest wave of artificial intelligence (AI) technology.
Europe's top tech hubs tend to radiate from massive capital cities like London, Berlin and Paris. That's the conclusion of Reuters' second annual ranking of Europe's Most Innovative Universities, a list that identifies and ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and help drive the global economy (Compare all 100 schools here). The most innovative university in Europe, for the second year running, is Belgium's KU Leuven. This nearly 600-year-old institution was founded by Pope Martin V, but today it's better known for technology than theology: KU Leuven maintains one of the largest independent research and development organizations on the planet. In fiscal 2015, the university's research spending exceeded €454 million, and its patent portfolio currently includes 586 active families, each one representing an invention protected in multiple countries.
And last year, one tech company, Alphabet's Google, published papers in all of them. According to the tally Google provided to MIT Technology Review, it published 218 journal or conference papers on machine learning in 2016, nearly twice as many as it did two years ago. "The top people care about advancing the world, and that means writing papers the world can use, and write code the world can use." So when Apple hired computer scientist Russ Salakhutdinov from Carnegie Mellon last year as its new head of AI, he was immediately allowed to break Apple's code of secrecy by blogging and giving talks.