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4iP Council is proud to be supporting Bocconi University's LL.M in Law of Internet Technology

13 March 2018

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​EPO reports growing demand; Europe’s attractiveness as leading tech market confirmed

07 March 2018

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New website area '4 SMEs' goes live today

28 February 2018

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Research summary on standardisation and the issue of interoperability & access under competition law released today

28 February 2018

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Decisions post Huawei v ZTE - nine new case summaries loaded since December

26 February 2018

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Latest Research

Standardization for the Digital Economy: The Issue of Interoperability and Access Under Competition Law

by Björn Lundqvist

The article attempts to identify what legal systems are applicable when data is obtained from devices, sent to other devices, and/or distributed to the Cloud, and, ultimately, when it is reused. The article specifically focuses on the application of…

Standardization for the Digital Economy: The Issue of Interoperability and Access Under Competition Law

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

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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.