The International Licensing Platform Vegetable Association (ILP) was founded on 13 November 2014 with the aim of improving the worldwide access to and use of plant traits. The platform applies exclusively to vegetable varieties. On the same day, the background to the ILP, including the story behind its formation and its scope, was a central topic at the symposium called ‘Breeding and Protecting, access to plant-related patents’ (Veredelen en Beschermen, toegang tot plant gerelateerde octrooien) which was organized in Wageningen

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In European countries, a patentee often must prove the accused infringer’s negligence in order to obtain patent infringement damages. In America, the situa­tion is arguably more complicated. This post briefly addresses some of the questions relating to this situation that are currently submitted for decision before the United States Supreme Court in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc., and the historical context (the full text of the CAFC decision can be found here). A follow-on post will consider more

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You will never get the license agreement your technology deserves. You get the license agreement you negotiate. With this in mind, it is important for inventors, licensing professionals and intellectual property lawyers to constantly hone their negotiating skills. Here are some pertinent considerations. Stay away from the Negotiating Table  A general principle in negotiations is that if you wait to commence negotiations until you reach the negotiating table, you will have already squandered leverage. Much of the framing of the negotiations can

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Altobridge was a privately held Irish technology company that developed wireless network solutions. Its products were designed to enable telecoms operators to deliver low-cost GSM and 3G wireless broadband to unconnected rural and remote communities. The company was founded in Ireland in 2002 by Mike Fitzgerald, Guy Waugh and Bart Kane. Their goal was to use research and development to remove technical and commercial barriers that often denied remote communities from affordable mobile voice and mobile internet connectivity. Their 'lite-site'

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On Tuesday March 24, the Lisbon Council  launched a new Study,  “2015 Intellectual Property and Economic Growth Index: Measuring the Impact of Exceptions and Limitations in Copyright on Growth, Jobs and Prosperity” by Benjamin Gibert. The Index - the result of a of a year-long research project – examines the relationship between economic growth and intellectual property regimes in some of the world’s most innovative economies. The report builds a system for measuring the impact of exceptions to copyright on economic growth

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This article appeared in a publication commemorating the 100 year existence of the Dutch "Patent Act 1910", published by the Netherlands Patent Office ("Octrooicentrum Nederland") in 2010 by Severin de Wit It is not generally known that the Patent Act 1910 marked the end of an era in which no patent legislation existed. A major feature of the latter half of nineteenth-century Europe was that of an anti-patent sentiment, but it was primarily in the Netherlands that it actually gained a

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How Nokia’s smartphone software strategy failed and ultimately killed the brand. Much has been written about the ups and downs of the cellular / mobile phone industry over the past 25 years, and particularly the smartphone industry in more recent times. There seems to be a rule in this particular sector that the leading companies eventually lose their positions – often quickly and brutally. Mobile phone champion Nokia, one of Europe’s biggest technology success stories, was no exception, losing its market

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Patents contribute to a company’s results, revenue, stock performance and reputation – they are one of the most important strategic assets for R&D-intensive firms. Patents have been highly influencing firms' value in different ways, being at the same time a sort of signalling device to consumers, competitors, venture capitalists or other investors. They are recognized as a monetary asset as valuable as a bond or currency by world trade regulation. This chapter is intended to review the various ways patents

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Patent claims can be mapped to a variety of parameters to support critical business decisions. As the name suggests, patent product mapping is about clearly linking a patent and one or more of the claims of that patent to a specific product or a specific component, part, feature or function within that product. Patent product mapping is frequently used to map one's own patents to one's own products, to evaluate the level of alignment here, and to help identify the

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As research has shown, owners have an incentive to exaggerate the valuation of their property. This is true for all kind of property but is it also true for intellectual property? People are reluctant to part with their property, and the amount that they are willing to accept to sell it generally far exceeds the amount that others are willing to pay for it. This gap has been termed the “endowment effect”[1] and it has been detected for a number

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IP-centric businesses whose shares trade on the public markets come in many shapes and sizes — some are better suited for return than others. Many of the most interesting IP-rich businesses, from an investor perspective, are publicly traded, thinly capitalized companies with experienced management. The best have a realistic view of their IP assets, usually patents, and the timing and cost of their disputes and value of potential licenses. The emergence of public IP-rich companies (PIPCOs) whose shares trade on the global exchanges is presenting new opportunities for patent holders

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Technology transfer of new ideas and innovation from universities and research institutes into society is a major source of Europe’s “knowledge economy”. However, EU firms are struggling to better exploit public-funded research (like those from universities) and transform their findings into patents and innovations that generate growth.  Barriers to collaboration between the public and private sectors exist, in particular when it comes to sharing revenues and costs. European law on how to deal with inventions made by university professors and whether

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