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Development of innovative new standards jeopardised by IEEE patent policy - latest research

20 September 2017

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LES and 4iP Council’s summer collaborations

18 September 2017

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​Forthcoming speaker engagements with Athens, Leuven, Milan and Bocconi Universities

04 July 2017

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4iP Council publishes new research on the nature and impact of patent holdout

19 June 2017

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​EPO releases survey data on role of (patent) information in the innovation process

16 June 2017

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Latest Research

Development of innovative new standards jeopardised by IEEE patent policy

by Keith Mallinson – September 2017

This paper assesses the practical impact of changes made by the IEEE to its patent policy in March 2015. According to the IEEE, these changes were aimed at protecting implementers from potential ‘patent holdup’. The paper makes an empirical assessment of…

Development of innovative new standards jeopardised by IEEE patent policy
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Technology invention is an arduous and risky creative process that can result in life changing and global transformation. To incentivise investment in successful and potentially transformational technology solutions, and to reward risk, inventors must be able to seek reasonable return for their efforts. Intellectual Property Rights allow inventors to obtain such reward by creating the opportunity to commercialise their inventions. This is not only a fair way to acknowledge the contribution of the technology into the market, but also encourages continuous investment in further research, thus increasing innovation.