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 IPR and standards policy, Technopolis Group’s team provides 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.


Study in Support of the Evaluation of the Database Directive

The 1996 Directive on the legal protection of databases (Database Directive) aims at supporting the development of the European database industry. It created a sui generis right protecting investments of database makers, regardless of the originality of databases, and harmonised copyright law applicable to the original databases. This study investigates whether the Database Directive fulfils…

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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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Effects of supplementary protection mechanisms for pharmaceutical products

To stimulate the development of new medicines, various forms of ‘supplementary protections’ exist that give companies extended monopoly rights. This includes: Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs), which prolong the patent protection for medicinal products by up to five years; paediatric extensions to SPCs; regulatory protection in the form of data and market exclusivity; as well as…

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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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