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.

Poland has been putting a lot of effort in improving relations with all its neighbors and even has a favourable security deal from the United States under President Barack Obama. Such favorable numbers and results are introducing foreign investors in Poland.

Clearly Poland is moving away from a economy in transistion. However, Poland is still not yet the knowledge-based economy. Regarding intellectual property (IP) rights, Poland still has not clear regulation at universities in Poland. Many Polish scientists are still focusing largely on publishing their discovery and findings to obtain further grants. This mostly likely refrains them from patenting their innovations. Also many universities still retain IP rights to all research conducted. This kind of policy has discouraged scientists from starting own start-ups and spin-offs.

That is slowly changing. In 2008 Poland adopted EU’s Innovative Economy Operational Programme; using funds to focus on research and development of novel technologies and infrastrustures. Secondly the Poland Patent Office has been carrying out training sessions, promotion stands during fairs and exhibitions on patent information and industrial property protection. This is all a huge step in the right direction which will further the economic growth of Poland.