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Publications: SEP/FRAND case law: overview and challenges regarding confidentiality.

SEP/FRAND case law: overview and challenges regarding confidentiality.

4iP Council webinar presentation given by Prof. Dr. Peter Georg Picht, LL.M. (Yale) on 22 November 2018. Prof. Picht holds a chair for Business and Commercial Law at the University of Zurich, is head of the University’s Centre for Intellectual Property and Competition Law (CIPCO) and is a Max Planck Institute Affiliated Research Fellow.

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Categories: IP and Competition Law, IP Enforcement, Licensing, Standardisation

Publications: Negotiating SEP licenses in Europe after Huawei v ZTE: guidance from national courts

Negotiating SEP licenses in Europe after Huawei v ZTE: guidance from national courts

This article by Dr Claudia Tapia and Dr Spyros Makris first appeared in Managing Intellectual Property's May 2018 issue. It looks at how national courts in Europe are interpreting the CJEU guidance after Huawei v ZTE. The CJEU provided a legal framework focused on the good faith conduct to be expected of both parties. Since the Court’s decision in 2015, national courts have been steadily exploring the scope of these obligations, providing further clarity on what is or is not to be considered appropriate behaviour.

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Categories: IP Enforcement, Licensing

Research: Are PAEs a Threat to Europe?

by Igor Nikolic

Are PAEs a Threat to Europe?

Patent Assertion Entities are often negatively portrayed as harmful “patent trolls” that engage in speculative and abusive patent litigation against manufacturing companies. Although mass PAE litigation has mainly been US phenomenon, a recent study indicated that PAEs are on the rise in Europe and a number of changes to the European patent and litigation system have been recommended. This paper provides a different perspective on PAEs. It will first show that not all PAEs engage in harmful activities and that most are in the legitimate business of patent licensing. Further, Europe has in place different patent and litigation incentives than the US, which effectively guard against any abusive patent litigation. Finally, the available evidence does not in fact show the presence of mass and harmful PAE litigation in Europe.

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Categories: IP Enforcement, Patent System and Patent Quality, SMEs

4iP News: 4iP Council and University of Alicante joint seminar “Getting Ready for the Internet of Things”

4iP Council and the University of Alicante have joined together to brief patent attorneys, IP professionals and students on intellectual property and the Internet of Things.

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Categories: IP Enforcement

Research: Patent Assertion Entities and Standard Essential Patents: Keep Calm and Carry On

by Igor Nikolic, PhD researcher in law at the University College, London

Patent Assertion Entities and Standard Essential Patents: Keep Calm and Carry On

This article discusses positive and negative effects of PAEs’ patent assertions raised in literature and the assertion of standard essential patents by PAEs as well as the problematic surrounding patent privateering. The article aims to demonstrate that PAEs are not a unitary phenomenon, but adopt many different business models. It shows that it is incorrect to label all PAEs as “bad” and to devise rules that would be aimed at this one particular category of patent holders. It also shows that, in the SEP context, competition law is not an appropriate remedy and that PAEs do not have the ability to charge excessive royalties for SEPs.

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Categories: IP and Competition Law, IP Enforcement, Standardisation, Student Contribution