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CIP FORUM 2021 – Paradigm Shift took place in collaboration with Volvo Group on December 9-11, 2021. Building on the previous theme of Brave New World, the event explored the impact of fast-paced technological change on the integrity of the IP system and the role of IP management, in particular, the impact of the rapidly developing capabilities of artificial intelligence. The event also focused on the need for diversification in innovation and look to engage companies in practical, best-practice efforts to increase diversity and inclusion among the inventive community in their organizations. The virtual event brought together an international audience from academia. industry, and policy.


CIP FORUM 2021 celebrated the 20th anniversary of the founding of CIP and the first CIP FORUM, so the theme “Paradigm shift” was chosen to focus on the IP consequences of the emerging technical, economic, and geopolitical developments over the next 20 years (20/20 vision if you will). This 20-year milestone offered a unique opportunity to critically reflect on how far we have come and where we are going with a broader time horizon. The event built on several key focus areas based on the overarching theme of transformation at the core of the CIP approach, in particular:


A focus on the changing role of market collaboration and competition in an era of digital transformation, in particular, the emergence of artificial intelligence. The goal is to provide (1) A deeper understanding of the industrial and societal impact that emerging disruptive technologies have on digital transformation (especially on issues such as Industry 4.0); (2) Knowledge of new business and IP strategies in order to build competitive advantage in the digital economy; (3) Insights about how digitalization affects existing institutions to support policymaking.

A focus on the increased geographical collaboration and competition in an era of global transformation. The goal is to provide (1) In-depth understanding of the changing global competition for technology and innovation leadership (particularly in China, the United States, and Europe): (2) Key features and driving forces in technology and innovation development between China on the one hand and the United States and Europe on the other; (3) Important insights to design business and IP strategies that take into consideration the diverse IP and innovation systems worldwide in order to achieve increased innovation outcomes.

A focus on the state of development towards diversity and inclusion in the fields of IP, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The goal is to provide (1) An in-depth understanding of the current research and practical consequences of diversity and inclusion challenges in technology-intensive sectors: (2) New opportunities for firms to engage in best-practice programs to proactively improve diversity and inclusion activities.