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Publications: Pilot Study for Essentiality Assessment of Standard Essential Patents

The present study, commissioned by the European Commission (EC), investigates the technical and institutional feasibility of a large-scale system that seeks to achieve better essentiality scrutiny for Standard Essential Patents (SEPs).

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Categories: European Commission, FRAND, Licensing, Patent System and Patent Quality, Policy, Regulation, Standardisation, Student Contribution

Publications: Q&A on UPC and UPS

Q&A on UPC and UPS

On 27th November 2020 the German Parliament passed the bill required for the UPC ratification. This Q&A with Dr Aloys Hüttermann (Michalski • Hüttermann & Partner), author of the book ‘Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court,’ explores the implications for the UPC.

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Categories: Patent System and Patent Quality

Publications: The value of (partially) invalidated patents

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

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Categories: Patent Strategy, Patent System and Patent Quality

Research: Market success for inventions - Patent Commercialisation Scoreboard: European SMEs (Key findings)

Market success for inventions - Patent Commercialisation Scoreboard: European SMEs (Key findings)

This European Patent Office study covers the ability of European small and medium-sized enterprises to bring inventions covered by European patents to market. The study shows that SMEs typically rely on European patents to protect high-potential inventions. Up to two thirds of these inventions are commercially exploited – around half exclusively by an SME itself and half with a partner, usually from another European country. European patents make this process much easier by providing protection in up to 44 different national markets. By analysing the patent commercialisation practices of European SMEs, the study offers policymakers valuable insights into the challenges facing these key players in European innovation ecosystems. The study is the first of a series of scoreboards dedicated to the market success of European patents. See the full report here: https://www.epo.org/service-support/publications.html#tab1

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Categories: Patent System and Patent Quality, SMEs

Publications: Key findings - Intellectual property rights intensive industries and economic performance in the European Union. (September 2019)

Key findings - Intellectual property rights intensive industries and economic performance in the European Union. (September 2019)

This joint study by the EPO and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) analyses the contribution of IPR-intensive sectors to the EU economy. It covers all major IP rights (patents, trade marks, designs, copyright, geographical indications and plant varieties), identifies which industries make above-average use of them and quantifies the contribution of these IPR-intensive industries to major macro-economic variables (employment, wages, GDP, and trade) from across the EU as well as from Switzerland, Norway and Iceland. The study provides comprehensive and robust data, as well as a solid evidence base for policymakers. For the full report visit the EPO website: https://www.epo.org/service-support/publications.html?pubid=201#tab3.

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Categories: Industry 4.0, Patent System and Patent Quality