4iP Council represents leading technology inventors in Europe who believe that intellectual property rights enable innovation and increase social and economic welfare

News

4iP Council advisor, Professor Heinz Goddar, to chair a session on software related patents at the EPO – register to attend

14 September 2016

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New research on collaborative standardisation and disruptive innovation

13 September 2016

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4iP Council discusses the merits of strong patents and sound, empirically based, IP policy at TIPSA event in Alicante.

12 September 2016

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Patents - Paper tigers or real tigers? 4iP Council speaks to Dr Aloys Hüttermann author of a recent paper analysing patent invalidity rates

11 July 2016

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Dr Claudia Tapia assesses the impact of perceived high invalidity rates on business and innovation

04 July 2016

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Latest Research

Patent-Pricing

by Nicolas Petit, Professor of Law, University of Liege

The Smallest Salable Patent-Pricing Unit experiment, general purpose technologies and the Coase theorem.

Patent-Pricing
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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.