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  1. Legal news
    11 March 2021
    A review of SDO IPR policies: Do they require component level licensing?

    Must owners of IP rights (IPR) that may be essential to standards offer licenses of their essential IPR to each component maker? Or do they satisfy their commitment to Standards Development Organisations (SDOs) by ...

  2. Legal news
    30 November 2017
    Commission adopts light touch in SEP Guidelines

    Yesterday the European Commission issued its much awaited guidance on the EU approach to Standard Essential Patents. Whilst the guidelines broadly endorse Unwired Planet v Huawei and Huawei v ZTE , what is more ...

  3. Legal news
    12 March 2021
    EPO clarifies application of ‘computer program’ patentability exception to claims relating to computer simulations

    Chris de Mauny considers the EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal decision in G 1/19 (SIMULATIONS). The Board implicitly endorsed the existing COMVIK approach for computer-implemented inventions and made clear that the same ...

  4. Legal news
    01 September 2020
    Who is leading 5G development? – 2020 update

    The twoBirds Pattern team (Bird & Bird’s patent intelligence offering) have published a new infographic on the difficulties in charting the leadership of companies in the 5G Standard Essential Patent (SEP) industry.

  5. Legal news
    03 September 2020
    The end of the road for SSPPU and the license point argument?

    With the rise of IoT and, in particular, the increased importance of vehicle connectivity, the last few years have seen an increase in arguments that the licence point and royalty basis for telecoms Standard Essential ...

  6. Legal news
    14 July 2020
    Finding the Plot for Database Rights: Ordnance Survey v 77m: Database rights in and infringement of a geospatial address dataset

    In 77m Ltd v Ordnance Survey Ltd the English High Court held that a geospatial address dataset creator was liable for infringement of database rights.

  7. Legal news
    24 April 2020
    The case for the defence: Access for all v. license to all

    On 9 March 2020 FOSS Patents blogger Florian Mueller published a paper by Professor Damien Geradin entitled “SEP Licensing After two Decades of Legal Wrangling: Some Issues Solved, Many Still to Address”

  8. Legal news
    03 March 2021
    Database rights: infringement by re-utilisation and extraction

    The Advocate General (AG) has opined that a search engine's copying and indexing of an online database will only amount to re-utilisation and extraction of the database if it adversely affects the database maker's ...

  9. Legal news
    22 January 2021
    CV-Online Latvia: Complicating database right enforcement

    Toby Bond analyses a European Court of Justice opinion that could affect companies’ use of database rights to protect their information assets.

  10. Legal news
    20 June 2019
    Report from AI Decoding IP: Day 1

    Bird & Bird’s Toby Bond attended the first day of the UKIPO and WIPO joint conference on the interaction between AI technology and intellectual property law and practice.