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Georg Zachmann

Standing on the shoulders of distant giants

New inventions build on earlier inventions, so patent citations are one indication of who is standing on whose shoulders. We show that four low-carbon technologies (wind, solar, electric vehicles and batteries) exhibit markedly different patterns of citation behaviour. If technology spillovers are structurally different between sectors, this could imply that policies to support innovation clusters would need different approaches. Differentiated policies could range from promoting individual champions for technologies with strong internal spillovers, to supporting regional eco-systems for technologies with more fuzzy spillovers.

By: Fabio Matera and Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate, Innovation & Competition Policy Date: May 23, 2017
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Standardisation and patents: problems and policy options

Bruegel together with the Association for Competition Economics (ACE), is hosting an event on standardization and SEP licensing.

Speakers: Aleksandra Boutin, Georgios Petropoulos, Rebekka Porath, Pierre Regibeau and Hughes de la Motte Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Location: Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels Date: May 9, 2017
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Patents and royalties: stifling or promoting innovation in ICT?

The patent system is never out of the spotlight. Do patents achieve their ultimate goal of incentivising innovation, or actually stifle it? The debate is especially heated in the ICT sector...

Speakers: Paul Belleflamme, Benno Buehler, Paolo Casini, Esa Kaunistola, Jorge Padilla, Rebekka Porath and Reinhilde Veugelers Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Location: Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels Date: November 25, 2015
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Mario Mariniello
Francesco Salemi

Huawei vs ZTE judgement: a welcome decision?

Today the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will rule on a dispute between Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE regarding a patent “essential” to the “Long Term Evolution” (LTE) wireless broadband technology standard. 

By: Mario Mariniello and Francesco Salemi Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: July 15, 2015
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Michele Peruzzi
Georg Zachmann

Some tools for lifting the patent data treasure

Bruegel contributes to the stream of research on PATSTAT by providing two algorithms that try to minimize the amount of manual work that has to be performed. We also provide data obtained by the application of these methods.

By: Michele Peruzzi and Georg Zachmann Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: December 9, 2014
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The policy dilemma of the unitary patent

The policy dilemma of the unitary patent

This paper provides new evidence about the budgetary consequences – for patent offices – of the coexistence of the forthcoming Unitary Patent (UP) with the current European Patent (EP).

By: Jérôme Danguy and Bruno van Pottelsberghe Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: November 27, 2014
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A flexible, scaleable approach to the international patent 'name game'

A flexible, scaleable approach to the international patent 'name game'

The inventors in PATSTAT are often duplicates: the same person or company may be split into multiple entries in PATSTAT, each associated to different patents. In this paper, we address this problem with an algorithm that efficiently de-duplicates the data.

By: Mark Huberty, Amma Serwaah and Georg Zachmann Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: September 28, 2014
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Mario Mariniello

Samsung, Google-Motorola ruling: stepping out of the patent abuse saga?

The Commission, in its role as regulator, should mandate standard-setting organisations to define the details of FRAND ‘contracts’ compatible with EU competition law. Enforcing those contracts would then naturally not create any institutional tension between the Commission and national courts. 

By: Mario Mariniello Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: May 1, 2014
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An end to the patent war in Europe?

Earlier in March, the European Commission announced it was planning to issue two antitrust decisions over the use of standard-essential patents. The decisions concern the Google-Motorola and the Samsung cases. Commissioner Joaquín Almunia himself announced one of the decisions will seek a commitment while the other one will be, for the first time, a prohibition Ahead […]

By: Mario Mariniello Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: April 27, 2014
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Mario Mariniello

Thunderbolts in the patent storm – EU and US antitrust strikes in the Samsung and Google-Motorola cases

Standards and standard-setting processes play a key role in fostering European economic development. Standards ensure interoperability of networks and often give rise to significant reductions in transaction and production costs.

By: Mario Mariniello Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: January 7, 2013
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Bruno van Pottelsberghe

The Unitary patent: challenges still ahead

On December 11th the European Parliament approved the proposal made by the Competitiveness Council at Ministerial level to create a “unitary” patent that would cover 25 member states (Spain and Italy opposed the system due to languages reasons).  SMEs will in addition benefit from lower fees.

By: Bruno van Pottelsberghe Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: December 18, 2012
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The value of a well-designed EU patent

After more than 30 years of negotiations, the European Union is closer to having a unified patent system. After the agreement on translation requirements for the EU Patent back in December 2011, negotiations are now focusing on patent courts and litigation rules. In this video, Research Fellow Bruno van Pottelsberghe explains why it has taken […]

By: Bruno van Pottelsberghe Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: November 22, 2012
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