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Seminar  |  03/01/2017  |  12:00 PM

Brown Bag Seminar: What Patent Policy for the Internet of Things?

12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Roya Ghafele (University of Oxford)

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich, Room 313

The increasing ability to organize information and transmit it to the market is ushering in an era where economic actors are highly responsive to the market. These shifts are particularly pronounced in the emerging technology space of the Internet of Things. Central to these disruptive innovations is a change in business operations, which has altered the architecture and conceptualization in how interactions occur; a transformation, which the patent system has not necessarily caught up with yet. Against this background this study investigates what patent governance regimes are needed in a European Union context so to assure that the Internet of Things enables the success of Small- and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). It does so, by means of a survey among SMEs active in the IOT space. In light of the evidence gathered, the study then identifies key components of 'good governance' for patent law and provide recommendations for policy makers that will allow to set the baseline for an 'Internet of Things for All.'

Contact person: Dr. Fabian Gaessler