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Publications: Valorisation of scientific results – Patent commercialisation scoreboard: European universities and public research organisations
Second in a series of patent commercialisation scoreboards by the EPO. This study is based on 686 interviews conducted with 241 European universities and public research organisations, and provides detailed information on their patented inventions, commercialisation patterns, and the challenges faced by research institutions in bringing them to market. It also looks at the role of technology transfer and licensing offices responsible for the exploitation of patents. Key findings include: European universities and public research organisations bring more than a third of their inventions to market; licensing is preferred channel of commercialisation, preferably in the home market; commercialisation partners include SMEs and large companies in almost equal measure.
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Categories: IP Management, Patent Strategy
Publications: The value of (partially) invalidated patents
IAM magazine published in Autumn an article by Axel Contreras and Spyros Makris on the value of (partially) invalidated patents, where they conclude that the data from Germany suggests that those patents maintain a legitimate scope and, further, that they are usually perceived as valuable (or even more valuable) to their owners. This article first appeared in IAM Issue 101, published by Law Business Research – IP Division. To view the issue in full, please go to www.IAM-media.com
Research: Patents to climate rescue: how intellectual property rights are fundamental to the development of renewable energy
by Arielle Aberdeen
This is a brief overview of the role of patents in renewable energy technologies. It is designed to provide the reader with an introduction on the concept and importance of renewable energy production; the role patents are playing in the development of these technologies; a statistical snapshot of the patents trends and global output of renewable energy; various governmental policies; and case study highlights. With the latter showcasing how two successful companies have used their IP in this area from the perspective of a large company and an SME. This is the first introductory article which will delve into different aspects of the renewable technology sector and intellectual property.