Patents conference brings 1.5 million euro to Kilkenny

The European Patent Office’s Patent Information Conference that was held in Kilkenny’s Lyrath Estate Hotel last week brought in an estimated €1.5 million to the local economy, according to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

The European Patent Office’s Patent Information Conference that was held in Kilkenny’s Lyrath Estate Hotel last week brought in an estimated €1.5 million to the local economy, according to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

It was attended by 330 delegates from around the world and is “the biggest of its kind in Europe”.

The conference “was almost entirely funded by the European Patents Office,” according to a department spokesperson. “Ireland made a small contribution, which was less than €20,000.”

Speakers and attendees included Benoit Battistelli, president of the European Patents Office; John O’Hara, former head of Intel Ireland; Jon Orwant of Google Book Search Project; and Prof Nigel Shadbolt, initiator of the UK Open Government Project.