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Appel à contributions

Dossier to be published in No. 95 – 3rd quarter 2014

The future of patents and IPR-protected technology

in electronic communications field

Edited by Theon van DIJK, Mathew HEIM & Yann MÉNIÈRE

The patent system exists primarily to incentivise investment in technology research and development by granting the successful inventor a period of exclusivity during which the inventor can seek to commercialise that technology. As such, patents play a vital role in the field of electronic communications. At the same time, recent events in the smartphone sector have revealed numerous complaints brought before the courts and antitrust agencies relating to the enforcement of patents, related to patented technologies incorporated into standards and non-standardised technologies. An upcoming issue of C&S articles provides an opportunity to explore IPR trends in the electronic communications field, review existing IPR theories and consider its link to the future of technology development in the field.

The following topics could be particularly appropriate:
• Exploring role of patents in stimulating R&D in the electronic communications sector:
- looking at the role of patents in electronic communications ecosystem evolution, with the focus of attracting capital investment.
• The phenomenon of non-practising entities:
- review of the business models and impact of various patent aggregators, including defensive and offensive aggregators, patent assertion entities, private and public patent funds, brokers and intermediaries, comparative view of Europe and the United States.
• The patent wars in context:
- an assessment of the origins of patent wars and the impact of the smartphone patent wars to the electronic communications sector in Europe, Asia and globally.
• The future of standardization for electronic communication:
- looking at future standardization needs in the electronic communications space relating e.g. to the connected world/M2M or the data challenge/IoT factoring in existing research efforts.
• Standardisation explained:
- a review of standardization in practice e.g. working group attendance, adoption procedures, enhancements;
- licensing of standards-essential patents, bilateral licensing, pools, FRAND terms: legal and economic theory and practice.
• Patents and antitrust:
- reviewing existing antitrust policy towards (i) interoperability, (ii) platform competition, (iii) standards essential patents, (iv) non-standards essential patents;
- reviewing the new European technology transfer block exemption and guidelines;
- reviewing recent merger and acquisition cases in the electronic communications sector and technology transfer issues.


Please send submissions (in the form of full papers)
by 4th May 2014 to: 


Submission of papers

All papers submitted for publication will be reviewed by at least two referees/experts using the "double blind" system.
Proposals must be submitted in Word format (.doc) and should not exceed 6,500 words – including the abstract and references.
As far as possible, the publisher recommends that you insert some illustrations (tables, diagrams) in the paper, in order to facilitate the general comprehension.
Please ensure that they are readable in grey scale, and that they are of high-definition, in order to guarantee the printing quality.
Bibliographical references should be included at the end of the article. Should these references appear in the text, please indicate the author's name and the year of publication in brackets.

Extra papers

COMMUNICATIONS & STRATEGIES also welcomes submissions for extra papers - off dossier - that typically cover innovative issues in the sector of the telecoms, internet and new media. If your paper is selected by the Editiorial committee, it will be submitted to the double-blind review process.
On the other hand, should you wish to propose a short paper (1500 to 3000 words maximum) for the "Features" rubric, offering factual analyses of recent developments in the fields of regulation and competition, firms and markets, technical innovations, public policies and use logics, please contact Sophie NIGON.
Book reviews are also very welcome should they are in connection with our usual thematics.



Sophie NIGON
Managing Editor
P: +33 (0)467 144 416
F: +33 (0)467 144 400
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