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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.
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The Viability of FRAND: How the Seminal Microsoft Ruling Could Impact the Value of Standard Essential Patents and the Future of Telecom Standards
by Bowman Heiden, Center for Intellectual Property (CIP) – December 2015
Using the landmark Microsoft ruling, this paper addresses the viability of F/RAND policies to regulate the equilibrium between patent holdup and freeriding (or patent holdout) in the context of telecommunication standards.
The economic impacts of computer-implemented inventions at the European Patent Office
by The Fraunhofer Institute – June 2015
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.
Categories: Patent System and Patent Quality
by Prof. Dr. Nicolas Petit – April 2014
This paper traces the expansion of ‘stealth licensing’ by regulatory bodies and explores its implications on company R&D investments in Europe.
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
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.