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​4iP Council Research Awards 2017 winners announced

25 January 2018

4iP Council is pleased to announce the winners of the 4iP Council Research Awards, an international research competition for European university students studying at Masters and PhD levels.

4iP Council is pleased to announce the winners of the 4iP Council Research Awards, an international research competition for European university students studying at Masters and PhD levels.

The competition aims to foster student interest in, and validate new ideas on, key topics related to the interplay between patents and innovation such as patents and competition regulation, trade and regulation, computer implemented inventions, patent litigation and patent quality, standardisation and patents.

  • First place: Igor Nikolic, PhD researcher in Law at the University College London (UCL), for his paper ‘Patent assertion entities and standard essential patents: keep calm and carry on.’
  • Second place: Andrea Moriggi, LL.M. candidate in Law of Internet Technology at Bocconi University in Milan, for his paper ‘The role of intellectual property in the intelligence explosion.’
  • Joint third place: Michael Krause, PhD researcher at the Chair of Corporate and Intellectual Property Law at Technische Universität München School of Management for his paper ‘Success of patented university inventions,’ and Jurgita Randakevičiūtė, PhD candidate at the Vilnius University Faculty of Law for her paper ‘Patent ambush: the commitment decision of the European Commission in the Rambus case.’

The winners each received a cash prize of up to €2000 from 4iP Council. Their papers are available on the 4iP Council website and will be promoted widely through 4iP Council channels.

“I entered the prize because I follow 4iP Council’s publications and database updates on decisions post Huawei v ZTE. My PhD research on licensing of SEPs and FRAND fits closely with 4iP Council’s research and my supervisor, Sir Robin Jacob, encouraged me to send my work for the competition. The topic of my paper is a part of my PhD research, which is about the licensing of SEPs in the ICT and IoT sectors and includes the meaning of FRAND royalty, FRAND royalty base, the use of injunctions and the assertion of SEPs by PAEs. My long-term plans are to stay involved in the SEPs and FRAND area, through either academic or industry work,” said Igor Nikolic, first prize winner for the 4iP Council Research Award 2017.

“Intellectual property is core to innovation. We hope these awards will provide visibility and encouragement for European university research in this field. In a society often driven by hype and the loudest voice it is important to shine a spotlight on sound, evidence based research,” said Axel Ferrazzini, Managing Director, 4iP Council.

Visit our Research Award page for further information on the winners and links to their papers.