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​InterDigital joins 4iP Council

17 October 2017

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Axel Ferrazzini, appointed Managing Director of 4iP Council EU, Brussels

05 October 2017

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Patent Trespass and the Royalty Gap: Exploring the Nature and Impact of “Patent Holdout” (Full Report) now available for download

04 October 2017

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4iP Council and Bocconi University formalise their cooperation within the Bocconi LL.M in Law of Internet Technology.

29 September 2017

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Diary date: delivering innovation at ASTP-Proton’s 2017 Fall Meeting

27 September 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.