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News

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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Kudos to the EPO for putting amazing inventors in the spotlight

15 June 2017

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​4iP Council's research work lauded at flagship knowledge transfer conference

02 June 2017

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Claudia Tapia, 4iP Council Chairperson, presenting summaries of post CJEU ruling Huawei v. ZTE at IPO conference 18 May, Paris.

15 May 2017

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Latest Research

Patent Trespass and the Royalty Gap: Exploring the Nature and Impact of “Patent Holdout” (Summary)

by Bowman Heiden and Nicolas Petit

This paper reviews the meaning of holdout in mainstream economics. This inquiry leads to an unexpected discovery: holdout is a term of art that invariably defines the conduct of a property owner, not the conduct of technology implementers. On this basis, a…

Patent Trespass and the Royalty Gap: Exploring the Nature and Impact of “Patent Holdout” (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.