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The OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) has always participated in a critical role in “identifying and disseminating information on international innovations and best practices in local economic and employment development” To my advanatage, the LEED has tackle the county of Poland. In March of 2010, the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme published a report, OECD Review of SME and Entrepreneurship Issues and Policies at National and Local Levels in Poland.” (http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/21/55/44729520.pdf). The goal was provide the Polish government with “insights and recommendations for improving the design and delivery of Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) and entrepreneurship policies and programs in Poland.” I have extracted some key information regarding intellectual property and innovation regarding Poland.

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Back in May, 2007 a conference took place in Warsaw, Poland – Disseminating IP Knowledge in Universities. The conference initiated for discovering the role of scientists, universities, and research units in spreading of intellectual property knowledge as a fundamental component of modern economy based on knowledge. As my prior post mentions, Poland‘s economy has been growing and this will further the knowledge-based economy. All participants of the conference agreed that application of intellectual property is of main concern because it will: “enable the use of technical knowledge contained in patent description; provide information on the patent law rules; and improve the safety of the rights.” Poland is defiantly on the right track as to the awareness of IP Law within the universities. However, not there needs to be execution!

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Many individuals do have their preconceived concepts about Poland. However, Poland is the only country within the European Union (EU) to have a economic growth of 1.2% during 2009. Gross Domestic Prodcut (GDP) is the basic measure of a country’s overall economic output and Poland’s GDP per head rose from 50% to 56% of the EU average. This is a record jump for Poland and actually making Poland Europe’s ninth biggest economy.

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When you think of the county Poland, does technology
transfer come to mind? Or even innovation? Probably not. Poland has gone
through many challenges; one of the biggest challenges is the Communist regime,
which finally ended in 1989. From 1989 to 1991 Poland was in recession and from
1992 to 1994 it started to recover. Finally from 1995 through 1997 there was a
high growth in innovation. However, since then there has been a slowdown
period.

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