It’s safe to say 2020 has not gone as expected. But as the planet gears up for one of the deepest recessions in living memory, we take stock of the world of innovation – and all is not as bleak as it seems.

Innovation: Technology & Patents (2020 Edition)

It’s safe to say 2020 has not gone as expected. But as the planet gears up for one of the deepest recessions in living memory, we take stock of the world of innovation – and all is not as bleak as it seems.

For the last five years, every year seems to have brought forth events trumpeted by the media as “unprecedented”. Donald Trump’s ascent to the US presidency in 2016; Britain triggering its exit from the EU in 2017; the arrest of previously unassailable Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in 2018; and fierce pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong last year.

Innovation in the Year of the Virus

For the last five years, every year seems to have brought forth events trumpeted by the media as “unprecedented”. Donald Trump’s ascent to the US presidency in 2016; Britain triggering its exit from the EU in 2017; the arrest of previously unassailab...

It’s safe to say 2020 has not gone as expected. But as the planet gears up for one of the deepest recessions in living memory, we take stock of the world of innovation – and all is not as bleak as it seems.

Innovation Market Analysis: 2020 Vision

It’s safe to say 2020 has not gone as expected. But as the planet gears up for one of the deepest recessions in living memory, we take stock of the world of innovation – and all is not as bleak as it seems.

Mate Pencz is the co-founder of real estate startup Loft, Brazil’s first unicorn of 2020. In this interview, he discusses Loft’s revolutionary business model, the key factors behind its incredible 16-month journey from foundation to unicorn status, and the wider potential of the Brazilian and Latin American real estate markets.

Mate Pencz (Loft): "Our goal is to reinvent the way people move"

Mate Pencz is the co-founder of real estate startup Loft, Brazil’s first unicorn of 2020. In this interview, he discusses Loft’s revolutionary business model, the key factors behind its incredible 16-month journey from foundation to unicorn status, a...

We spoke to Arne Lang, who heads the patent and compliance team at Essen-headquartered chemicals company Evonik, about patent strategies, recent innovations and what makes Evonik different.

Arne Lang (Evonik): "IP departments might look very different in the near future"

We spoke to Arne Lang, who heads the patent and compliance team at Essen-headquartered chemicals company Evonik, about patent strategies, recent innovations and what makes Evonik different.

Formerly enterprise tsar at the French finance ministry, Pascal Faure played an integral part in drafting the second part of the PACTE law, which has overhauled patent and trademark regulations in France. Head of the country’s national IP institute since September 2018, Faure delves for Leaders League into what the law means for IP worldwide.

Pascal Faure (INPI): "The PACTE Law is a boon for the French IP ecosystem"

Formerly enterprise tsar at the French finance ministry, Pascal Faure played an integral part in drafting the second part of the PACTE law, which has overhauled patent and trademark regulations in France. Head of the country’s national IP institute s...

Schaeffler Technologies is a market-leading manufacturer of elements for the automotive, aerospace and industrial sectors. With an annual revenue of over €14.2 billion, the company relies on its IP assets. We speak to Edgar Duschl, Senior VP of IP, about the firm’s IP strategy, what the stakes are, and the challenges ahead.

Edgar Duschl: (Schaeffler Technologies): "Our goal is not to earn as much as possible in license fees – it’s to support business

Schaeffler Technologies is a market-leading manufacturer of elements for the automotive, aerospace and industrial sectors. With an annual revenue of over €14.2 billion, the company relies on its IP assets. We speak to Edgar Duschl, Senior VP of IP, a...

We were lucky to catch some time with Gene Vinokur, who regaled us with updates on the most exciting technology currently under MERL’s belt. We also discussed MERL’s patent strategies, trends in the patent world, and how futuristic technology could change our lives.

Gene Vinokur (MERL): "There’s too much reliance on provisional patent applications in the US"

We were lucky to catch some time with Gene Vinokur, who regaled us with updates on the most exciting technology currently under MERL’s belt. We also discussed MERL’s patent strategies, trends in the patent world, and how futuristic technology could c...

Thyssenkrupp recently made the headlines for the multibillion-euro sale of its lucrative elevator business to a private equity syndicate. Shortly before this transaction, the global engineering conglomerate’s head of IP shared with us his insights into how IP works at Thyssenkrupp, and on the company’s numerous innovations.

Stefan Wolke (Thyssenkrupp): "It’s very important for us to participate in the right IP pools"

Thyssenkrupp recently made the headlines for the multibillion-euro sale of its lucrative elevator business to a private equity syndicate. Shortly before this transaction, the global engineering conglomerate’s head of IP shared with us his insights in...

Arnoud Berghuis co-founded the Blockchain Knowledge Foundation (BKS), a development organization for blockchain that uses the natural blockchain language UBL. He talks to us about BKS, regional differences in blockchain use, and the adaptability of blockchain.

Arnoud Berghuis (Blockchain Knowledge Foundation): "Blockchain implementation in Asia is far ahead of Europe"

Arnoud Berghuis co-founded the Blockchain Knowledge Foundation (BKS), a development organization for blockchain that uses the natural blockchain language UBL. He talks to us about BKS, regional differences in blockchain use, and the adaptability of b...

With over 25 years of experience in the information technology sector and a distinguished academic background, Fabricio Lira is Head of Data and Artificial Intelligence at IBM Brasil. In this interview, Mr. Lira discusses the challenges of working with cutting-edge technologies, how IBM Brasil is preparing for Brazil’s General Data Protection Law (LGPD) as well as upcoming trends in Brazil’s technology sector, amongst other issues.

Interview with Fabricio Lira (Head of Data and Artificial Intelligence – IBM Brasil)

With over 25 years of experience in the information technology sector and a distinguished academic background, Fabricio Lira is Head of Data and Artificial Intelligence at IBM Brasil. In this interview, Mr. Lira discusses the challenges of working wi...

Orange has spent the last few decades establishing itself as a major telecoms player. Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière is its deputy CEO and chief technology and innovation officer. She spoke to Leaders League about the challenges facing the company as the industry gets ready to implement 5G technology.

Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière (Orange): "In some parts of the world, 4G will have outlived its usefulness by 2021"

Orange has spent the last few decades establishing itself as a major telecoms player. Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière is its deputy CEO and chief technology and innovation officer. She spoke to Leaders League about the challenges facing the company as t...

Wagner Ruiz is the co-founder and CFO of Curitiba-based fintech Ebanx, which boasts over 55 million registered users and more than 1,000 partner websites. In this exclusive interview, Ruiz discusses Ebanx’s success as Brazil’s first unicorn to hail from the south of the country, the company’s international expansion, and how it is currently looking after employees amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, among other topics.

Wagner Ruiz (Ebanx) "Ebanx is a global fintech company with Latin American DNA"

Wagner Ruiz is the co-founder and CFO of Curitiba-based fintech Ebanx, which boasts over 55 million registered users and more than 1,000 partner websites. In this exclusive interview, Ruiz discusses Ebanx’s success as Brazil’s first unicorn to hail f...

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