EU Conference on ICT Standards and Patents

The European Commission (DG Enterprise and Industry) is organizing its 2nd Joint European Conference on Intellectual Property rights in ICT standardization in cooperation with the European Patent Office. Last year the Commission hosted the conference on Tensions between IPR & Standards and released the final report on the Interplay between Standards and Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). This conference will build upon these new insights and discusses about public authorities and international perspective: how to increase transparency and predictability?

Throughout the world, public policies increasingly rely on innovative and interoperable ICT solutions to implement major projects for the benefit of society in domains such as eHealth, efficient energy use, cloud computing, integrated transport systems and smart grids. The effectiveness of the proposed solutions depends to a large extent on the level of interoperability between the various ICT components of the systems which in turn depends on the effectiveness and consistency of the set of ICT standards underpinning the application.

The conference will focus on the role, expectations and responsibilities of public authorities in relation to the use of interoperable ICT technologies in support of competitiveness and innovative applications to meet policy objectives. It will have a broad international dimension including representatives of public authorities from Europe and other world regions as well as industry and standardisation organisations with a global reach. Key notes will be provided by the European Commission and then European patent office.

The event is taking place in Brussels 24 November 2011, Bedford Hotel and Congress Centre, 135-137 Rue du Midi, 1000 Brussels.




About timpohlmann

Tim Pohlmann is a post-doctoral researcher in economics at Mines ParisTech and Berlin Institute of Technology. He specializes in the economic analysis of markets for technology. He earned his doctoral degree with the highest distinctions in August 2012 from the Berlin Institute of Technology with a dissertation on patenting and coordination in ICT standardization. Tim’s research covers the empirical analysis of the trade of patents, patent trolls, standardization consortia and patent pools. He has presented his work at a large number of international conferences. Tim has been actively involved in preparing studies for the European Commission and the German Federal Government on the role of patents in technological standardization and business models in Open Source Software. Doctoral Thesis SSRN author page
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