The EU Commission is seeking views on the future of the European Patent system in a consultation procedure. Participants are asked to contribute before March 31, 2006.
In the December 2007 JIPL&P:
Pat Treacy and Sophie Lawrance, "FRANDly fire: are industry standards doing more harm than good?" One of the major benefits of standard-setting is that, once a key piece of innovation is developed, its proprietary does not exclude its use by others but allows its use by any third party willing to
accept a licence on FRAND (‘fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory’) terms. The authors discuss how enforcement of patents that read on a (in this case: telecom) standard relate to FRAND principle
ECJ Opinion 1/03 of February 7, 2006
EPLA's "Venice Rules of Procedure", November 2006
April 7-8 (The Hague, Netherlands), Search Matters 2008, EPO
April 16-17 (Stockholm, Sweden) European perspectives on innovation and policy. The results of projects financed by Vision Era-Net on innovation and policy practices in the EU are presented and the new key challenges for future innovation policies are discussed.
May 6-7 (Ljubljana, Slovenia) European Patent Forum
May 17-21 (Berlin, Germany) INTA 130th Annual Meeting
June 25-26 (Amsterdam, Netherlands) IP Business Congress, The Annual Event for Global IP Leaders (IPBC 2008)