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Innovation in a European Digital Single Market – The Role of Patents

03/17/2015 @ 09:00 - 17:30

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This Conference aims to provide European innovation policies for a Digital Single Market with reliable evidence and aims to demonstrate the power of patent data analysis. It will bring together industry representatives, innovation analysts, and policy makers to discuss the latest thinking on issues in relationship betweendigital technologies and patents.

In particular, the Conference addresses the following topics:

– Standardisation and interoperability

– Fragmentation and competition

– Patent quality, licensing and patent aggregation

– Interplay with open innovation

– The role of ‘patent boxes’ (special tax regimes)



The development of a digital economy in Europe is creating opportunities, but also new challenges in the area of intellectual property rights. This is in particular true for patents. Patents have to generally strike the right balance between creating the incentives for investments in research and development, providing access to content and knowledge and the dissemination and use of technological knowledge. The difficulties of striking this balance are most apparent with information and communication technologies where standardisation and interoperability are important for the implementation of a European Digital Single Market.

The dynamics of the knowledge economy, the globalization of markets and the increasing complexity of products have changed the way applicants use patent rights, how policy-makers understand these rights, and how analysts use patent data to investigate innovation.


European Digital Single Market

The exchange of patents and their enforcement, the large number of patents in the area of information and communication technologies in combination with the complex structures of digital technologies have created particular patenting strategies. The impact of some of them might be problematic as with patent thickets, royalty stacking and general difficulties with defining licensing terms.

Patent data in itself is one of the most reliable sources of information on research and development, innovation, entrepreneurship, enterprise and technological dynamics and the resulting changes in competitive environments. It allows investigating research and development performance, internationalisation trends, technology mapping and competitive landscaping. Patent data can support evidence-based decision-making and reveal important facts about how patent systems themselves are performing.

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