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City academics collaborate with Cuban counterparts on intellectual property and innovation

The University of Havana's Professor Sergio Luis Pena Martinez and Professor Jorge Alfredo Carballo Concepcion were in the UK to learn more about project incubation in the creative industries and its application in Cuba.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

From October 14th to 20th, a cross-departmental team of City academics hosted a visit by Professor Sergio Luis Pena Martinez and Professor Jorge Alfredo Carballo Concepcion from the University of Havana.

The visitors were in the UK to learn more about project incubation in the creative industries and how this can be applied in Cuba. Their visit was supported by a grant from the British Embassy in Havana.

Dr Luke McDonagh, from the Intellectual Property Engagement Group at the City Law School and Dr Sara Jones from the Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice at Cass Business School, hosted the visitors.

Commenting on the visit, Dr McDonagh said:

The University of Havana is aiming to develop creative projects in the area of design via their InCuba university incubator. I was happy to share with our visitors the expertise I have gained from my research about intellectual property and university innovation, and to guide the visitors around London to meet with other experts. They were very impressed with City and especially our approach to questions of law, business and the creative industries.

During their time in London the visitors also met with experts at Goldsmiths, Culture Capital Exchange and the Design Museum.

Dr Jones will visit the University of Havana in November to conduct a series of follow-on workshops as part of the same project.

Looking ahead to the visit, she said:

"I am very much looking forward to my visit with InCuba, to meet with artists, academics and local policy makers, and to work with projects aimed at the creative and cultural industries, as the next step in building this exciting new relationship with the University of Havana."

Dr McDonagh and his City Law School colleague, Dr Enrico Bonadio, are working with national universities in Mexico (UNAM) and Cuba (University of Havana) to enable innovative researchers in Mexico and Cuba to commercialise their patented and patentable inventions via impact investment, licensing and the setting up of start-up and spin-out companies and foundations, and in general to strengthen the intellectual property (IP) culture at these institutions.

They have been providing advice on: Tailoring an optimal (IP) policy for their institutions; and Developing an ‘IP Incubation culture’ that will enable the universities to forge close links with the local economy (via impact investment, licensing and spin-outs).

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