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Webinars: Industry challenges after recent case-law on confidentiality of FRAND agreements

More than three years after the CJEU’s decision in Huawei v ZTE, the EU Member States’ courts are still working out aspects of the FRAND-licensing of standard-essential patents. Important post-Huawei v ZTE decisions have clarified some issues while other questions remain open. An urgent example is confidentiality and the procedural handling of license agreements containing non-disclosure clauses. This webinar provides an update on SEP/FRAND case law and an overview on the most important court decisions.

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Categories: FRAND, IP and Competition Law

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: Digital Single Market, IP and Competition Law

Research: Standardization for the Digital Economy: The Issue of Interoperability and Access Under Competition Law

by Björn Lundqvist

Standardization for the Digital Economy: The Issue of Interoperability and Access Under Competition Law

The article attempts to identify what legal systems are applicable when data is obtained from devices, sent to other devices, and/or distributed to the Cloud, and, ultimately, when it is reused. The article specifically focuses on the application of competition law vis-à-vis the firms included in the standardization of the Digital Economy.

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Categories: Digital Single Market, IP and Competition Law, Standardisation

Research: Patent ambush: the commitment decision of the European Commission in the Rambus case

by Jurgita Randakeviciute, PhD Candidate at Vilnius University Faculty of Law, Lithuania

Patent ambush: the commitment decision of the European Commission in the Rambus case

This paper analyses the issues that have risen while assessing patent ambush under Art. 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) in the Rambus case. It examines the concept of de jure standard-setting before the SSOs and discusses the notion of patent ambush in the process of standardisation as an infringement of the EU competition law.

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Categories: IP and Competition Law, Standardisation

Research: The role of intellectual property in the intelligence explosion

by Andrea Moriggi, LL.M. candidate, law of internet technology at Bocconi University, Italy

The role of intellectual property in the intelligence explosion

This article examines the future legal challenges of Intellectual Property related to Artificial Intelligence (AI), highlighting the role that AI can play in increasing the pace and scope of innovation to meteoric levels. While AI is making inroads into intellectual property by improving search and retrieval efficiency into IP offices it poses some threats from which existing laws leave us unprotected. The article argues that the IP legal framework needs to adapt to thorny issues of ownership and patenting in the AI era if delay in reaping the benefits of this new age is to be avoided.

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Categories: IP and Competition Law, Patent System and Patent Quality, Student Contribution