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Asia-Pacific Innovation Conference 2014

3 March 2015

Scholars and practitioners from economics, management and law came together for the 5th Asia-Pacific Innovation Conference (APIC), at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) from November 27-29,

APIC is the conference of the Asia Pacific Innovation Network, which was formed in 2010 to bring together scholars interested in regional systems of innovation, creativity and design.

The conference came closely after the APEC meeting in Beijing and the G20 summit in Brisbane. "This was all part of an international focus upon the Asia Pacific as an engine of economic growth and innovation," says the chair of the conference's local organising committee, Professor Thomas Clarke, Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance at UTS.

Leading innovation researchers from across the Asia Pacific and from Europe and the United States considered wide issues of innovation, intellectual property and economic growth. There were  more than 100 presentations at APIC on all aspects of comparative innovation systems.
Among them was a keynote address from Alan Marco of the US Patent and Trademark Office and Ben Mitra Kahn of IP Australia, who offered a fascinating account of the trends in patents and IP, and the increasing role of Asia in the knowledge economy.

"From a neo-Schumpetarian perspective we are increasingly engaged in shortening and intensifying cycles of innovation, as Keun Lee of Seoul National University argued," Prof Clarke says. "The successful IPO of Alibaba  demonstrates that innovation in the Asia Pacific is moving beyond manufacturing into the knowledge economy."

The historic agreement of China and the US to radically reduce carbon emissions reached at the Beijing APEC meeting indicates, in addition, that an imperative of innovation is to contribute to sustainability.

Zhejiang University in China will host the 6th Asia-Pacific Innovation Conference from 19-21 November 2015 in Hangzhou - China’s Silicon Valley. Professor Clarke will be the President of the Asia-Pacific Innovation Network at the time.

Here are some photos from the conference, kindly provided by Kwanghui Lim.

Clarke Okumu
Organiser Professor Thomas Clarke, left.

Networking in the FEIT building

UTS Business School Dean Professor Roy Green welcomes delegates