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4iP Council, InterDigital and Avanci discuss the role of IP and innovation at Mobile World Congress, Barcelona

02 February 2018

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​4iP Council Research Awards 2017 winners announced

25 January 2018

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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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21 November 2017

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Latest Research

Patent Assertion Entities and Standard Essential Patents: Keep Calm and Carry On

by Igor Nikolic, PhD researcher in law at the University College, London

This article discusses positive and negative effects of PAEs’ patent assertions raised in literature and the assertion of standard essential patents by PAEs as well as the problematic surrounding patent privateering. The article aims to demonstrate that…

Patent Assertion Entities and Standard Essential Patents: Keep Calm and Carry On

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?

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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.