Ericsson and Apple sign global patent license agreement, settle litigation

Ericsson and Apple have agreed on a global patent license agreement between the two companies. The agreement includes a cross license that covers patents relating to both companies' standard-essential patents (including the GSM, UMTS and LTE cellular standards), and grants certain other patent rights. In addition, the agreement includes releases that resolve all pending patent-infringement litigation between the companies.                          

The ACE programme has accelerated the growth of more than 125 high potential ICT start-ups and SMEs from 18 European countries

Launched in September 2013, the ACE Project develops a tailor-made acceleration programme, “the ACE programme” which provides innovative start ups and high growth ICT companies with direct assistance in finding partners, clients and financing to accelerate their move into cross border and international markets. This programme provides several services to innovative ICT SMEs, such as a social platform connecting directly with investors, mentors and other ICT start-ups from all across Europe, a network of « European mentors » from sector specific business support and from across Europe to get hands on advice, support and contacts to grow in new markets, a living labs based on real-life test and experimentation environment where users and producers co-create innovation in a trusted open ecosystem, and access to funding through the StartUpEurope Hub which provides a platform where innovative ICT start-ups can access support services to help them throughout their development.

The European Union will improve the way it legislates to ensure that EU laws better serve SMEs

The Council endorsed on 15 December 2015, an inter institutional agreement on better law-making between the Council, Parliament and the Commission.

Public consultation on due diligence and supply chain integrity for Intellectual Property protection

The European Commission (DG GROW/Joint Research Centre) has launched a public consultation on the mechanisms developed by companies to secure their supply chains and thereby protect their IP. This initiative is part of the Follow the Money strategy, which was announced in the European Single Market Strategy (adopted on 28 October 2015) in view of preventing IP infringing products and services from penetrating the on- and off-line markets.

SME Instrument received record breaking applications

SME Instrument (part of EASME program) aims at getting EU funding and support for innovations projects. Phase 1 = feasibility assessment. Phase 2 = innovation project. Phase 3 = Commercialisation. According to, EASME SME Instrument received 2056 applications for Phase 1 by the 25 November cut-off. Article here.

The Juncker plan is ready, Commissioner Katainen stresses the need to start “selling” it

According to Commissioner Katainen in an Euractiv’s interview, in its 6 first months, EFSI signed 66 agreements for SMEs with commercial banks for a total amounting €1,5 billions that will trigger around €20 billions. It is expected that 71,000 SMEs will benefit from this financing for mobilised amount of €43 billions. All interview here.

The viability of FRAND policies: How the Seminal Microsoft Ruling Could Impact the Value of Standard Essential Patents and the Future of Telecom Standards

A paper of Bowman Heiden, from the Centre for Intellectual Property (CIP) in Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, addresses the viability of F/RAND policies to regulate the equilibrium between patent holdup and freeriding (or patent holdout) in the context of telecommunication standards and highlights the danger of the IEEE rules.

Event “From open science to open innovation - How to get more jobs and growth from EU science investments” in Brussels, on 24 February 2016

This event organised by Science Business will notably address a topic on “From Open Science to Open Innovation – the ATTRACT initiative, and several speakers of the European Commission and the industry will have a debate on the “Open Science, open infrastructure: The broader benefits to Europe” issue. Agenda

Event on “Key opportunities for innovative SMES”

On 11 February 2016, a Workshop on “Key opportunities for innovative SMES”, organised by Enterprise Europe Brussels, Innoviris and NCP Brussels will take place in Brussels.

EU IPR Helpdesk: Factsheet on Technology Licensing-in

Technological innovation is a key component for companies to face more and more increasing market competition. Indeed, since new products with new functions appear on the market on a regular basis, companies need to innovate by developing or acquiring technology.

Instead of investing in technology creation, it may make good business sense to use or adapt a technological solution developed by others. The process of acquiring the rights related to a third party’s technology through a licence agreement is indicated as technology licensing-in.

The fact sheet prepared by the EU IPR helpdesk analyses the most relevant issues related to technology licensing- in, giving readers an overview of the preliminary steps and practical suggestions to follow in order to get prepared for future negotiations.

The European Commission intends to increase Venture Capital Sought for EU's $80 Billion to help SMEs get financing

Venture capital funds have a close link with the overall approach we have in the Single Market Strategy, in order to help SMEs get financing, European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen said.

The SME Instrument Phase 2: an EU funding source that innovative SMEs should not neglect

38 innovative SMEs from 13 countries have been selected by the European Commission in the latest round of Horizon2020 SME Instrument Phase 2. Each project, 33 in total, will receive up to € 2.5 million. More

Ten ways businesses and innovative SMEs can benefit from patents other than by practising them

4 IP Council, an IP friendly think tank comprising academics, former high-level EU officials and leading technology inventors in Europe, sees creativity and inventiveness as a right to be protected and rewarded. 4 IP Council just published a briefing illustrating the multiple functions and benefits of patents. 

US App Association sponsored by IEEE IP free-riders joins FRAND fray on standard-essential patents

ACT, The App Association, representing more than 5000 app companies and information technology firms in the mobile economy, and notably sponsored by Apple, Facebook, Intel and Microsoft, recently announced a new web resource called “All Things FRAND” supported by significant. ACT is headquartered in the U.S. but is also active abroad. All things FRAND is a web repository for academic articles, legal cases, agency guidance, and other writings about FRAND licensing. More                                                                                                                                                     

A new step to making the EU Unitary patent a reality

The EU Unitary patent will provide a new way for inventors and innovators to protect their patent in the EU. Today, the patents are awarded by national IP offices and give protection in one country. The EU Unitary patent means that just a single application will be needed for a patent grant, providing a one stop shop covering the territory of 26 EU countries. It will reduce patenting costs for companies, especially SMEs and start-ups.

EVENT: on November 29, SME's innovation, Intellectual Property Rights, Data Protection and EU Funding to be discussed in Berlin

Meetup organises on November 29 in Berlin a discussion on Patent, Innovation Funding and Data Protection.

EVENT:  9 to 11 December 2015 -  ETSI organizes M2M Workshop

ETSI organises a workshop on 5G topics and more specifically the machine to machine capabilities and the Internet of Things. This event is relevant for all SMEs having interest in the 5G standards settings.

EVENT:  23 November 2015 - Transport SME Innovation day, organised by the EU Commission.

European Commission's officials (DG Research) will present the EU finance for innovators in transportation industry. This event will take place in Brussels. 

Technology "free-riders" lobby group sets shop in Brussels : the Fair Standards Alliance (FSA)

A group of companies including Volkswagen, Cisco, HP and Intel announced yesterday the creation of the Fair Standards Alliance (FSA).

European Commission to support IoT development

European Commission announces a “Call for Proposals on Internet of Things (IoT) Large Scale Pilots (LSPs)” to encourage the development of IoT in Europe and enable the emergence of IoT ecosystems supported by open technologies and platforms. The call ends on 12/04/2016.

European Commission provides 50.000€ in seed funding for Startups

More than 140 european SMEs have been selected to receive 50.000€ in funding and business coaching to help the SME draft an initial business plan under Horizon 2020 program.

5G standards - work already in progress

The EU 5G Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) represents a investment of €3.5bn, including €700m of public funding. Phase 1 of the 5G PPP project should result in the first contributions to international standardisation as well as the preparation of the World Radiocommunications Conference 2019.

Socialist MEP asks EU Commission about plans to improve access to justice for SMEs

Nicola Caputo, Italian Member of European Parliament, asked the European Commission how it intends to reduce the litigation costs for SMEs and support the alternative forms of dispute resolution (such as mediation).

EU Commission investing 3 billion for innovative SMEs

Kristin Schreiber, director of the COSME program within DG Growth at the European Commission, explains the measures adopted towards SMEs.

SMEs to enter in the negotiation's scope of T-TIP with a yet unclear goal.

EU's initial proposal for legal text for "an SME Committee" in the SME chapter of T-TIP. It was tabled for discussion with the US in the negotiating round of 19 - 23 October 2015 and made public on 6 November 2015.

IP Section in US TTP to be released

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TTP) released last Thurday includes an IP section aiming to spread US-Style IP protection overseas. It's too early to say if it will have an influence on the current T-TIP discussions between the US and EU.

New Approach for standardisation organisations

The European Commission is developing a new approach regarding its role within the European standardisation organisations. This could result in a better protection of innovative European companies and SMEs in particular.

European Commission to present new measures for SMEs

On November 9th 2015, the European Commission will present before European Parliament new measures to cut the red tape for SMES and new funding for innovative SMEs, part of the new EU Single Market Strategy: "Upgrading the Single Market”.

European Parliament - Committee on Industry to go over the digital economy priorities for 2016

European Parliament - Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) will hold a structured dialogue on 9 November 2015 with Commissioner Oettinger in order to go over the digital economy priorities for 2016.

European Data Protection Supervisor - Data protection

The European Union’s ombudsman is keen to tighten regulations on the “revolving door” between European political institutions and private companies, including technology firms.