Publications

Papers, summaries and briefs supporting a wider understanding of invention, innovation and the use of patents developed by eminent researchers or by 4iP Council supporters.

Papers, briefs and publications


High-growth firms and intellectual property rights. IPR profile of high-potential SMEs in Europe, May 2019

High-growth firms and intellectual property rights. IPR profile of high-potential SMEs in Europe, May 2019

This joint project between the European Patent Office and the European Union Intellectual Property Office aims to determine the importance of IPR activities for High Growth Firms (HGFs) in Europe. To this end, it assesses whether SMEs that make more frequent use of IPRs are more likely to become HGFs. It also examines the particular ways in which HGFs shape their IPR strategies prior to experiencing high growth.

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Categories: Patent strategy, SMEs

4 Reasons to Patent

4 Reasons to Patent

This flyer aims to help European SMEs unlock all the value of patents and is also available in an on-line interactive version within our 4SMEs section. It was developed by 4iP Council's broad network of academics and supporters with content input from seven well known IP stakeholders. The work identifies four key benefits to patenting - market access, negotiating, funding and strategic value - and breaks these down simply into methods for value-creation.

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Categories: Infographics, IP management, SMEs

Understanding Injunctions in European Patent Law

Understanding Injunctions in European Patent Law

by Prof. Dr. Lea Tochtermann of Mannheim University. This 4iP Council webinar presented the legal basis for the current discussion on proportionality within TRIPS, European law as well as in selected European jurisdictions, focusing on Germany. It provides an outlook on whether the demand for legislative action is justified. The slides provide an understanding of the legal background for the proportionality discussion within TRIPS, European law and selected European jurisdictions and perspective on the proportionality discussion and its implications concerning the patent system as a whole.

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Categories: IP and Competition Law, IP Enforcement, Legislation

Patents in the Fashion Industry

Patents in the Fashion Industry

Axel Ferrazzini, Managing Director, 4iP Council This article which appeared in the IPR Helpdesk Bulletin, Issue 29, April-June 2018 page 6, explores the growing use of patents in the fashion industry covering why and how they are being used.

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Categories: Patent System and Patent Quality

Standardisation and SEP Licensing: A EU Policy Perspective, The Interplay Between Competition Law and Intellectual Property – An International Perspective

Standardisation and SEP Licensing: A EU Policy Perspective, The Interplay Between Competition Law and Intellectual Property – An International Perspective

This essay by Ginevra Bruzzone and Sara Capozzi is published in G. Muscolo and M. Tavassi (eds.), The Interplay Between Competition Law and Intellectual Property – An International Perspective, Wolters Kluwer, 2019.

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Categories: European Commission, IP and Competition Law, Standardisation