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Research: Sensible Open Source Licenses For Standards Development Organizations

by Michele Herman

New technologies such as 5G, IoT, blockchain and many others are implemented as ecosystems with many interoperable products and services designed to communicate seamlessly through a developing web of technical standards. Today’s standards are far more software-driven than in the past. As a result, standards development organizations (SDOs) are increasing their use of open source software (OSS) to promote both the rapid development of new standards and the deployment of standards-conformant products and services in the marketplace.

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Categories: FRAND, Internet of Things (IoT), IP and Competition Law, Licensing, Patent Strategy, Policy, Standardisation

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

Research: Patents to climate rescue: how intellectual property rights are fundamental to the development of renewable energy

by Arielle Aberdeen

Patents to climate rescue: how intellectual property rights are fundamental to the development of renewable energy

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.

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Categories: Business Models, Patent Strategy, Policy, SMEs, Student Contribution

Research: The Value of Standard Essential Patents and the Level of Licensing

by Bowman Heiden, Jorge Padilla, Ruud Peters

The Value of Standard Essential Patents and the Level of Licensing

This paper argues that the value of standard essential patents (SEPs) should be independent of the level of licensing in the value chain. We further argue the value of enabling technologies, such as SEPs, is best determined in relation to the value it produces to the consumer or end-user, regardless of the licensing level. Finally, we discuss legal, economic, and organizational factors that can guide market actors to determine the optimal level of licensing through private ordering. Two cases studies, regarding optical standards and cellular standards, are presented to illustrate SEP licensing challenges and solutions in practice.

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Categories: FRAND, Internet of Things (IoT), IP and Competition Law, Licensing, Patent Strategy, Policy, Standardisation

Research: The Value of Standardized Technology to Connected Cars

by Sunil Arya

The Value of Standardized Technology to Connected Cars

IPR & Licensing Department at a telecommunication company, as a part of the LL.M program in ‘Intellectual Property and Competition Law’ at Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC), Munich

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Categories: FRAND, Industry 4.0, Internet of Things (IoT), Licensing, Policy, Standardisation, Student Contribution