A group of PhD and MSc students sat down to tackle the case of the imaginary company Fresh Pack last Wednesday, 7 February. The Student Enterprise Centre, StOC, used the example of an innovative firm in the food packaging sector in its Patent Game, in an interactive learning-by-doing session to teach how the patent system works.
During drinks afterwards, the students had the opportunity to ask more questions about how the patenting system works. The dissatisfaction of a Spanish participant, Eva Castro-Prada, about innovation in the Netherlands was rewarded with an interesting opportunity: she was invited to attend a presentation that the Patent Office will give for the Prime Minister, Jan Peter Balkenende, in his role as chair of the Innovation Platform./ Sara van Otterloo
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