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Two new 4iP Council reports draw lessons for Europe from US patent policy on the innovator-implementor equation

11 December 2017

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27 November 2017

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Latest EPO and EPO-EUIPO data

21 November 2017

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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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Latest Research

Signs of Convergence between the US and Europe on Law and Policy relating to Standard Essential Patents?

by Vincent Angwenyi

This paper looks at the balance of interests between patent holders and implementors in recent communications in the US and Europe. The Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) in a speech given on the…

Signs of Convergence between the US and Europe on Law and Policy relating to Standard Essential Patents?

Patent rights in a climate of intellectual property rights skepticism - Summary

by Haris Tsilikas, Research Associate at Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition Summary of a paper by the Hon. Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Acting Chairman of the US Federal Trade Commission

A movement is underway to dilute U.S. patents, which have recently been the object of unprecedented criticism. U.S. policymakers lack clear guideposts for evaluating this criticism. Further, some emerging economies are at a crossroads in deciding how to…

Patent rights in a climate of intellectual property rights skepticism - Summary
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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.