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Knowledge economy…knowledge worker…knowledge creation…knowledge society….Are these mere buzz words or do they represent a changing society?  This was the topic of a gathering of European researchers and academics in Munich this week to discuss a European strategy for handling ‘knowledge’ in an knowledge-based economy.  While a theoretical or philosophical discussion of ‘knowledge’ is interesting – we must talk in practicalities – how can knowledge bolster economic growth and jobs?  Likewise, what does it mean for the intellectual property system – particularly patents?  Patents are in fact central for a knowledge – based economy.  They provide the means to trade knowledge and for companies to create intellectual assets.  The challenge in managing a post-industrial, knowledge-based economy is that more knowledge creates more uncertainty.  In other words, the more we know-the more we know we don’t know…so questions prevail.  Is knowledge tradable?  If so, are there ethical implications of trading knowledge?  And what, in fact, is a ‘knowledge society’? 

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