Research Award Results

4iP Council Research Award 2017

4iP Council is pleased to announce the winning papers and authors in the 2017 4iP Council Research Awards

1st place:
Patent assertion entities and standard essential patents: keep calm and carry on
by Igor Nikolic, PhD researcher in law at the University College, London.

2nd place:
The role of intellectual property in the intelligence explosion
by Andrea Moriggi, LL.M. candidate, law of internet technology at Bocconi University, Milan.

Joint 3rd place:
Success of university inventions
by Michael Krause, PhD researcher at Technische Universität München.

Patent ambush: the commitment decision of the European Commission in the Rambus case.
Vilnius University.

We will be publishing the winning papers at the beginning of 2018. 4iP Council would like to express a warm thank you to the many students and professors who participated in our award initiative this year.

The 4iP Council Research Award, is 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.

Students are invited to submit papers for review by 4iP Council’s Research Award Jury of intellectual property experts from academia, government and industry. Winning publications will be published on 4iP Council’s website and promoted for third party review and publication. Prize winning authors may also be invited to present their work in person to 4iP Council’s distinguished Advisory Committee.

The following cash prizes will be given to the winner and runners-up:

First place €2000
Second place €1500
Third place €1000

In exceptional circumstances, 4iP Council may decide to grant more than three awards.

All current postgraduate students will be eligible for the 4iP Council Research Award, and proof of entrant studies, including details of the university they attend, and the names and contact details of their supervisors or sponsoring academics will be required as part of the research submission process.

Research topic remit
Entrant research should address one or more of the following policy areas:

  • Patent and competition law
  • Technology and technology policy regulation
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Research and development policy
  • Industrial organisation and management
  • Trade and foreign direct investment
  • Public procurement
  • The interplay between patent law and policy
  • Investment and funding
  • SME businesses and startups
  • The role of IP in innovation


  • Only unpublished papers will be eligible for an award.
  • All papers should be in English.
  • Papers should meet a word limit of 4000-6000 (including footnotes) and should be accompanied by a brief summary that should not exceed 1000 words.
  • If the submitted paper reflects the outcome of a masters thesis which has already been accepted by the entrant’s university, the university must give express consent to 4iP Council to publish the summary.
  • One co-author maximum is permitted. The cash prize is awarded per paper.
  • Entries submitted after the submission deadline will not be considered.

Submission process
Entries should be submitted by email as a Word document by the entrant’s professor to Sara Martinez without reference to the characteristics of the author(s) or their university.

A) Selection criteria
4iP Council’s aim is to further the understanding of patent related topics in Europe through high quality, empirical research. Our jury, composed by members of 4iP Council and its Advisory Committee, will therefore evaluate the papers and select the winners at its full discretion, considering in particular:

  • original thinking that broadens the debate on the chosen topic
  • evidence based arguments and empirically sound data
  • high quality written expression
  • relevance to current IP problems and debate

B) Timeline
Submission deadline: 31 October 2017.
Winner and runner-up announcements: 15 December 2017.

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