Innovation budget without intellectual property strategy is 'philanthropy': Jim Balsillie

CBC News

February 16, 2017

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The upcoming federal budget has been dubbed the innovation budget in some Ottawa circles, but the founder of the Centre for International Governance Innovation says it doesn't mean much if the Canadian government won't heed calls to implement an intellectual property strategy.

"Innovation without a national IP (intellectual property) strategy is philanthropy. You invent it, and invest in it, and others get the benefits," said Jim Balsillie, one of the founders of Research In Motion, the Canadian company responsible for the Blackberry smart phone.

"The most important thing, if you want this to be an innovation budget, is to have …

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