Export news in brief: tech, Europe, IP, China

Export news in brief
Export news in brief

UK teens more tech-savvy than Europeans

UK teenagers are ahead of their European counterparts in using workplace technologies such as email, PowerPoint and Word with 58% receiving training for these applications in school.

New research from business communications company Fuze has revealed that compared to other nations in Europe, UK schools are making significant efforts to ready teens for the workplace. The findings show 69% of UK teenagers have been offered work experience opportunities, compared to a European average of 51%. Meanwhile, 78% given access to careers advisers, compared to an average of 65%.

However, the research among more than 2,500 teenagers and 5,000 adult workers across Europe, highlights a potential challenge for businesses with a clear disconnect between how teenagers choose to communicate and the communication methods used in businesses today. Just 1% of teenagers prefer to use a landline telephone to communicate with friends, yet 63% of UK office workers see the desk phone as an essential item for work. A majority of 57% of teenagers use video calling apps, but under half (47%) of adults use video calls in work.

Chinese search engine signs agreement to reduce online IP infringement

China’s biggest internet search engine Baidu has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Copyright Protection Collaboration with the International Publishers Copyright Coalition (IPCC).

The co-operation indicates a positive direction for IP enforcement in China, with digital industry getting behind efforts to reduce online infringements.

Copyright and Enforcement at the UK Intellectual Property Office director Dr Ros Lynch said: “Our work is fundamentally underpinned by industry engagement. In the UK, we recognise that government and legislation can only reach so far. It is important that rights holders and Internet platforms work together to help protect IP.

“The benefits of an efficient and fair global IP system are huge, for both the UK and China. This MOU today represents a great step towards this, creating a collaboration which will lead to faster and streamlined approaches to tackling a global problem.”