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Research: Economic efficiency and field-of-use pricing of SEP licences under FRAND terms
by Dr Eskil Ullberg, PhD, Adjunct Professor, George Mason University, Virginia, USA and Head of the Trade in Ideas Program, Institute of Management of Innovation and Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
This summary paper is concerned with patented technology markets, and whether price differentiation based on field-of-use is economically efficient. The focus is on the licensing of SEPs on FRAND terms and conditions, including also the Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and the economic growth in the digital economy, especially for SMEs. The central argument proposed is that the difference in the value between usages of standardised technologies determines whether a single price for all usages or specific field-of-use prices are economically efficient. The full version of this paper will appear in the forthcoming issue of the Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property, Volume 9, 2019.
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Categories: SMEs, Standardisation, Licensing, Digital Single Market, FRAND
Research: A FRAND Regime for Dominant Digital Platforms
by Mathew Heim and Igor Nikolic
This study explores how European policy and legislation has traditionally applied the ‘fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory’ or FRAND regime in order to ensure access to critical goods or services. This regime provides inspiration in the on-going debate around dominant digital platforms. The authors of this paper are Mathew Heim, Tanfield Chambers and Dr. Igor Nikolic, University College London.
Research: Evaluating the EC Private Data Sharing Principles: Setting a Mantra for Artificial Intelligence Nirvana?
by Dr. Begoña Gonzalez Otero. IP Researcher and Consultant
This article talks to recent European Commission communications on data trading and artificial intelligence with a focus on the Commission's “Guidance on Sharing Private Sector Data in the European Economy” which came with a working document: “Guidance on Sharing Private Sector Data in the European Data Economy”. Do these principles set a viable legal framework for data sharing or this public policy tool is merely a naïve expectation? Moreover, would these principles set a successful path toward a thriving European AI advancement? The author tries to sketch some answers to these and related questions.
Research: Proprietary vs. Open Standards
by Paul Zubrinich, Kristina Medow, Anastasia Kolganova, Moritz Müller, and João Hierro Technical University of Berlin.
This paper examines the benefits and risks attached to implementing open or proprietary standards, both from the companies’ and the consumers’ perspective. It first appeared in IAM Issue 92, published by Globe Business Media Group - IP Division. To view the issue in full, please go to www.IAM-media.com.