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Open Innovation


The Enabling Role of LED Licensing Programmes


Frank Bistervels, Senior Director of Licensing at Philips Intellectual Property & Standards believes that by sharing Intellectual Property, companies can bring innovative LED products to the market much faster.


Over the past few years the possibilities of what can be achieved with lighting have accelerated rapidly, from just turning on and off a switch to playing a significant role across a range of industries including automotive, entertainment, architecture and design. As a result, companies are under pressure to create the most inspiring and innovative lighting designs and solutions to meet the increasing demands of consumers. Coupled with these new possibilities, the lighting industry is also going through an unprecedented period of transformation, as businesses, consumers and local authorities increasingly look for more sustainable and energy efficient alternatives to existing technology in order to reduce costs, maintenance and minimise consumption. With EU legislation also playing a pivotal role in the phase-out of incandescent lighting, the sector is transitioning to new and innovative solutions faster than ever


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before. As well as more developed markets, the developing world is also undergoing vast change, with urbanisation and growth increasing electrification and subsequently light points, the opportunities for the lighting industry have grown tremendously in these markets too.


With all these changes in mind, we predict that the global illumination market will grow to around 80 billion Euros by 2015, with LED lighting taking 45 per cent of the overall market share. Companies therefore must react to this growth and provide ever-more innovative solutions as quickly as possible, to meet the demand as well as the lighting challenges that their customers face. LEDs mark a new era in lighting, with the technology and power to create beautiful atmospheres in cities and homes, enhance peoples’ mood and help save


energy through improved efficiency. As lighting evolves and shifts away from traditional sources to LEDs, it is more important than ever before to help facilitate innovation and growth in lighting product development through the sharing of Intellectual Property (IP). By making key technology available, we as an industry can accelerate the adoption of LED lighting worldwide, granting people across the globe greater access to greener and more dynamic lighting solutions. Furthermore, through open innovation the full potential of LED technology can be realised and new products brought to market faster – ultimately helping the end user.


We see our role as a facilitator and enabler of this growth during an important transition period. Not only have we channelled significant investment into the development of cutting-edge lighting products and solutions, we have also sought to make this


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