European tech companies and research institutes who believe in the value of intellectual property launch IP Europe

IP Europe press release accessible here: Press_Release_IP_Europe_EN

European Commission facilitates SME's access to public contracts

On 5 January, the European Commission adopted the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) reducing considerably the administrative burden for companies, especially SMEs who want to have a faire chance to win a public contract. The ESPD will apply in each and every Member States. A more global public procurement reform will enter into force on 18 April 2016.

Peiker Acustic joins the Fair Standards Alliance

The Fair Standards Alliance, advocating in favour of the IEEE's IPR policy changes (reducing SEP's royalities by changing their calculation rate and prohibiting SEP patent holders from using injunctive measures) welcomed a new member: Peiker Acustic.

The Risks of Applying FRAND Calculations to Non-SEPs

A recent article written by two US patent attorneys, Stephen Schott and Richard C. Hsu, highlights the recent discussion about the risks of applying the fair, reasonable and non discriminatory (FRAND) royalty rates, usually awarded by the US courts for standard-essential patents, to patents that are not essential to a standard.

The European Commission released its 2016 Rolling Plan for ICT standardisation

The Rolling Plan is a strategic document identifying EU policy priorities in relation with ICT standards and technical specifications, in particular interoperability (including avoidance of technology lock-in) in the ICT domain.