Friday, May 24, 2013 5:29 pm | By Rachelle Korinko
This past week the United States and 11 other countries met in Lima, Peru to discuss the free-trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). While the negotiations have been kept relatively secret there are a few topics that have been discussed publically (we are still relying on a leaked document from 2011). The major debates in these negotiations centers on how global markets can better protect copyright and patent laws abroad. One of the proposals seeks not only to protect, but to better enforce through sanctions, nation-states who willfully infringe on copyrights of other nation-states, especially in the media and movie industries. The major goal is to create free-trade agreements among the countries while also developing better mechanisms to protect the intellectual property rights of all states and individuals involved in the negotiations.
Exploiting market power to stifle innovation
Thursday, May 2, 2013 5:19 pm | By Christopher Elmiger
The issue of patent abuse is not a topic that traditionally garners much attention among those outside the technology industry, but a recent move in the U.S. House of Representatives has shone a spotlight on patent issues that has transcended beyond Capitol Hill and high-tech circles. Recognizing the impact patent abuses can have on both startups and consumers, the recently introduced SHIELD Act seeks to dissuade “patent trolls” from filing frivolous lawsuits that are a major drag on the legal system and on the technology industry.
Patent pools and the case of high license fees 4/4
Thursday, February 28, 2013 6:26 pm | By Christoph Elmiger
Patent pools offer licenses for technologies at a fair fee. This system seems like an effective solution until the patent begins to expire. That means the patents lose their power that brings the value, so the price should go down. But now some pools lock in licensors for long terms and the conditions don’t reflect the worth of the patents. For large corporations is it not a problem to pay these fees, but for small and medium sized startups they erect barriers.