ITU Blog: Will patent wars disrupt innovation in the 5G era?

Innovations in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) account for nearly 40 per cent of all patents awarded by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The ICT industry is one of the most innovative the world has ever seen. It is home to an extraordinary volume of intellectual property rights (IPR), and has hosted many of the most publicized IPR disputes of recent years.

The upcoming Patents in Telecoms Conference in Washington D.C., 5-6 November 2015, will share insight into the trends emerging in the legal sphere of ICT as we approach the ‘5G era’. The conference will discuss the relationship between innovation and standardization, focusing on the behaviour of standard-essential patents (SEPs) in the ICT sector, as well as the impact of patent assertion entities (PAEs), which some would classify as ‘patent trolls’, on 5G innovation and investment.

Co-organized by University College London, George Washington University, ITU, ETSI and GSMA, the conference will call on industry experts, standards developers, judges and competition authorities to tackle the most pressing issues in patents and telecoms, from every possible perspective.

The Rt. Hon. Prof. Sir Robin Jacob is the Sir Hugh Laddie Chair of Intellectual Property Law at UCL Faculty of Laws and a former judge in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. Sir Robin has been instrumental in the development of the Patents in Telecom Conference as one of the event’s co-organizers. ITU spoke with him to learn more about the IPR issues at play in the ICT field and his expectations for the 2015 edition of the conference.

Read the full interview here…

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