Didier Patry (France Brevets): "The GAFAs reduce the value of patents. Brussels must react"

Innovative start-ups need a solid intellectual property, but do not have the means to assert it. Opinion by Didier Patry, CEO of France Brevets, published today in the French publication, l'Opinion.

Fractus, Catalan technology inside all mobiles

This article was originally published on VIA Empresa.

It might now seem anachronistic but not so many years ago mobile telephones had exterior antennas. That these were later built into the device and capable of receiving different frequencies (3G, 4G, Bluetooth, Wifi...) is in large part thanks to Fractus. "Just about all mobile telephones in the world have our technology,Rubén Bonet, CEO and cofounder of the company based in Sant Cugat del Vallès tells VIA Empresa.

Unleashing the full potential of European Standards for the 21st century. Not possible without SMEs contribution

The need for a single coherent approach towards standardization from European Institutions in support of global competitiveness of European industry, including SMEs. It was the main topic addressed at the breakfast debate “Unleashing the full potential of European Standards for the 21st century” convened at the European Parliament on the 7th of January in which IP EUROPE took part.  

Commissioner Vestager claims royalties of $120 per smartphones due to threat of injunctions

Commissioner Vestager stuns Chillin’ Competition Conference audience by reffering to a disputed paper by former Intel Associate General Counsel and stating that ICT companies charge an average of $120 of royalties per smart phone - when the actual figure is about to $7; and by suggesting that they impose such high-rates by using the threat of injunctions - link to Speech

EU adopts pro-IP measures and hints at new SMEs rules as part of the IPRED review

European Commission adopts new IP/patent measures to support access to and use of intellectual property for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and confirms that SMEs-specific measures will be considered as part of the ongoing review of Directive 2004/48/EC on the enforcement of IP rights.

Regulatory restriction to Patent rights will affect innovation and benefit free-riders

The 4ip Council published an article by Prof. Dr. Klaus-J. Melullis, which critically analyses the arguments put forward that the patent and its enforcement limit competition, differentiating between SEP and non-SEP. The article further analyses the potential need for regulatory intervention in the litigation system and the expected consequences of such potential intervention on competition, investments, research and development activities and innovation

New empirical evidence reveals 83% decline in essential patents contributions to the IEEE

After more than 18 months in operation, the new IEEE patent policy adopted in March 2015 appears to have resulted in an 83% decline in the average supply rate of non-duplicate LOAs to IEEE standard development activities.

WIPO study demonstrates importance of patents in the SMEs' innovation process

A study by the Center of Law and Information Policy and funded by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), entitled "Patents and small participants in the smatphone industry" concludes that:

A new research shows the real annual licensing return from mobile market.

Professor Stephen Haber of Stanford, Professor Alexander Galetovic of the Universidad de los Andes in Chile and Lew Zaretski, the head of IP strategy firm Hamilton IPV have released a new study on the licensing revenues of 32 major licensors to the mobile sector.

Slovenia passes law on ratification of the UPC Agreement

Draft legislation enabling the Republic of Slovenia to ratify the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court was signed into law by the President of the Republic last Friday, 30 September 2016.