The Competition Committee continued a discussion on innovation that began in 2006. The delegates briefly resumed their deliberation of the ways in which competition and patents can influence innovative activity. Then they explored the uncertainty created by pending patents and how it can be used for strategic purposes, some of which may be harmful to competition and innovation. These latter include tactics such as ambushing standard setting organisations, patent flooding, and patent trolling. The delegates heard from guest speakers Prof. Herbert Hovenkamp of the University of Iowa (US) and Ciaran McGinley of the European Patent Office.
Competition, Patents and Innovation II