I think I've read the article that you're referring to by Mr. Balsillie and he raises some important points, especially about start-up companies and their capacity to tackle intellectual property, particularly patent challenges, as they look in the international market.
My response to that article would be that we're talking about capacity building for entrepreneurs and innovators, and their ability to understand intellectual property provisions and to protect their innovations on a global scale. We're not necessarily looking for national mechanisms to create an intellectual property inventory. It's more that in the same way that we need to educate them on entrepreneurship, risk-taking, and growing their business from SMEs to larger exporters, we need to give them the tools so they understand their intellectual property rights and have the ability to exercise them globally.
I would actually say that from our experience within the high-tech sector, there's a danger in concentrating on intellectual property as a physical value and a token of economic success, because it can often become a brake on innovation when it's exercised in the wrong way. There needs to be a flexible and responsive patent system that provides the opportunity for innovation by small and large companies alike.