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4iP News: ​European companies and inventors file more patent applications in 2018 - EPO Annual Report just released

Demand for patent protection continues to grow: over 174 000 applications (+4.6%) filed at the European Patent Office, according to its 2018 Annual Report

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Categories: Patent System and Patent Quality, SMEs

Research: Economic efficiency and field-of-use pricing of SEP licences under FRAND terms

by Dr Eskil Ullberg, PhD, Adjunct Professor, George Mason University, Virginia, USA and Head of the Trade in Ideas Program, Institute of Management of Innovation and Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

Economic efficiency and field-of-use pricing of SEP licences under FRAND terms

This summary paper is concerned with patented technology markets, and whether price differentiation based on field-of-use is economically efficient. The focus is on the licensing of SEPs on FRAND terms and conditions, including also the Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and the economic growth in the digital economy, especially for SMEs. The central argument proposed is that the difference in the value between usages of standardised technologies determines whether a single price for all usages or specific field-of-use prices are economically efficient. The full version of this paper will appear in the forthcoming issue of the Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property, Volume 9, 2019.

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Categories: SMEs, Standardisation, Licensing, Digital Single Market, FRAND

Research: A FRAND Regime for Dominant Digital Platforms

by Mathew Heim and Igor Nikolic

A FRAND Regime for Dominant Digital Platforms

This study explores how European policy and legislation has traditionally applied the ‘fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory’ or FRAND regime in order to ensure access to critical goods or services. This regime provides inspiration in the on-going debate around dominant digital platforms. The authors of this paper are Mathew Heim, Tanfield Chambers and Dr. Igor Nikolic, University College London.

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Categories: SMEs, Standardisation, IP and Competition Law, Digital Single Market, Digital platforms, European Commission, FRAND, Policy, Legislation, Regulation, Access

Useful Research: Inventing the Future: An Introduction to Patents for Small and Medium Enterprises - Summary

by Lien Verbauwhede Koglin, Esteban Burrone, Marco Marzano de Marinis, Nicole J.S. Sudhindra and Guriqbal Singh Jaiya

Inventing the Future: An Introduction to Patents for Small and Medium Enterprises - Summary

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Categories: SMEs

Useful Research: Intellectual Property Management in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

by ROCHA LIMA Francisco / BELMINO DOS SANTOS João

Intellectual Property Management in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

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Categories: SMEs