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


The Internet of Things and 5G: An Overview

The Internet of Things and 5G: An Overview

Overview of the Internet of Things and 5G presented by Robin Stitzing, Head of Economic Research for Nokia's Patent Business, at the LES France event on IP and Competition, Paris on 24 May 2018. Nokia is a 4iP Council supporter.

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Categories: IP and Competition Law, Digital Single Market

Access to All infographic

Access to All infographic

Infographic comparing the differences and efficiencies between Access to All and License to All

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Categories: IP Enforcement, Licensing, Infographics

Copyright in the digital environment: the DSM strategy and the challenges ahead

Copyright in the digital environment: the DSM strategy and the challenges ahead

This paper seeks to identify some shared views and provide a useful benchmark for policy making on the topic of the digital transformation and the EU legal framework for copyright and related issues.

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Categories: IP Enforcement, Digital Single Market

SMEs and Standard Essential Patents: Licensing Efficiently in the Internet of Things

SMEs and Standard Essential Patents: Licensing Efficiently in the Internet of Things

This article first appeared in les Nouvelles - Journal of the Licensing Executives Society, Volume LII No. 4, September 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3009039

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Categories: SMEs, Standardisation, Licensing

Patent invalidation and legal certainty – What can patent holders expect?

Patent invalidation and legal certainty – What can patent holders expect?

Abstract: Germany is one of Europe’s most important patent centres: as regards patent grants and also as regards patent infringements. This may be why the German patent scene in the last two years has been looking at the success rates of nullity suits filed with the German Federal Patent Court (BPatG) – under two different aspects: In 2014, a first legal article concentrated on the problem of lack of legal certainty for patent holders and on investment risks posed by the seemingly boundless possibilities for challenging patents in nullity proceedings. The article called for these risks to be addressed more carefully, not to the least in view of Art 14 German Grundgesetz (GG), which safeguards the right to property. Another article from the same year, motivated more along the lines of innovation theory, took said success rates as a reason to fundamentally criticise patents under the provocative title “Why most patents are invalid”. This article scrutinised both, individual points within the criticism, as well as allegedly far-reaching conclusions regarding patents at large. According to industry reports, these conclusions have been affecting patent value, and they also may pose a threat to the system as such – unjustly so, as this article will show!

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Categories: Patent System and Patent Quality, IP Enforcement