Research

Developing robust empirical research on topics related to intellectual property is at the core of 4iP Council’s work. We commission independent experts to provide robust data and information, as well as analysis, on the complex correlation between investment, invention, innovation, employment and social and economic success. Our research is conducted in accordance with agreed methodological principles.

Research, analysis and commentary


The economic impacts of computer-implemented inventions at the European Patent Office

by The Fraunhofer Institute – June 2015

The economic impacts of computer-implemented inventions at the European Patent Office

This study analyses how a change in the patent system towards abolishing patent protection for computer-implemented inventions would affect the international competitiveness of German and European firms.

Download  Keep me informed...

Short overview with key messages.

Brief summary

Categories: Patent System and Patent Quality

Stealth Licensing

by Prof. Dr. Nicolas Petit – April 2014

Stealth Licensing

This paper traces the expansion of ‘stealth licensing’ by regulatory bodies and explores its implications on company R&D investments in Europe.

Download  Keep me informed...

Short overview with key messages.

Brief summary

Categories: Trade Law and Regulation

Patent = monopoly: a legal fiction

by Sven Bostyn, Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, University of Liverpool Law School and Nicolas Petit, Professor of Law, University of Liege, December 2013

Patent = monopoly: a legal fiction

This paper explores terminological confusion and historical misunderstanding of ’monopoly’ rights in patent law as distinct from the meaning of a market monopoly in antitrust theory.

Download  Keep me informed...

Short overview with key messages.

Brief summary

Categories: IP and Competition Law