Intellectual Property Rights and Standards

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) as well as standards have become increasingly important building blocks for the success of innovations in many areas. Operating at the interfaces between innovation policy and IP and standards policy, our team of the Intellectual Property & Standards (IPS) group provides policy makers independent high quality advice on IP and standards issues such as economic impact assessments of IP laws; evaluations and design of government support schemes to foster qualified usage of IP and standards; socio-economic analyses on the use of IP and standards; or consulting on IP and standardisation strategy development at programme, institutional and policy/national levels. Our clients range from national funding agencies and ministries, IP offices to international organisations, such as the EPO, the WIPO, the European Commission, the European Parliament as well as standardisation bodies.

Recent assignments comprise:

  • An analysis of the effects of the system of Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) for managing the patent life of medicinal products (for the Dutch Ministries of VWS and of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy)
  • A support study to evaluate the impact of the IPR Enforcement Directive 2004/48/EC (for the European Commission)
  • An evaluation of the European Observatory on infringements of Intellectual Property Rights (for the European Commission)
  • Economic assessments and valuations of inventions/patents nominated for the European Inventor Award (for the EPO)
  • An analysis of the extent to which FP7 and FP6 projects use standards and standardisation as inputs or as means to codify and disseminate project outputs (for the European Committee for Standardization (CEN))


Support study for the ex-post evaluation and ex-ante impact analysis of the IPR enforcement Directive (IPRED)

The study aims to provide “Support for an ex-post evaluation of Directive 2004/48/EC [IPRED] and for an Impact Assessment in view of legislative proposals modernising the enforcement of IPR”. IPRED has been implemented between 2005-2009. A first, early evaluation (2011) could not establish significant impacts. Given the changes – in particular in the digital environment…

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Evaluation of the application of Regulation 386/2012

This evaluation concerns the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 386/2012 on entrusting the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) (former OHIM) with tasks related to the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPRs), including assembling public- and private-sector representatives as a European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights. The evaluation analyses the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency,…

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Study on the contribution of standardization to innovation in European-funded research projects

This study for CEN analysed the nature and extent to which FP6 and FP7 projects use standardisation as an input to their work or as a means to codify and disseminate the knowledge created through projects. Desk research, interviews and surveys were used to identify the role of standards within FP6/7 projects and a series…

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European Institute of Innovation and Technology Policy Study

Technopolis supports research organisations in their development, assessment and formulation of IPR strategies. This study – written on behalf of the European Commission, DG EAC, and in collaboration with ISIS Enterprise, the technology transfer firm of the University of Oxford – reviewed the current state of development of the IPR strategies of the first three…

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