Patent Assertion Entities
Patent Session 8B
John RichardsLadas & Parry, New York
Nikolaus ThummSenior Fellow, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Sevilla, Spain
Patent Assertion Entities in Europe; Their impact on innovation and knowledge transfer in ICT markets
Patent assertion has become a common practice in shaping the balance between technology creation and technology dissemination in the Information and Communication Industry (ICT). The importance of this practice for the functioning of ICT markets has given rise to new entities that enforce patents but do not utilise the patented technology, commonly referred to as patent assertion entities (PAEs). This presentation provides an overview of patent assertion practices and of PAEs in Europe, taking into consideration their impact on innovation and technology transfer in European ICT markets.