November 23, 2021

More headaches for IEEE – this time with ISO…

In the past few months IEEE has been hit by not just one, but two, failures to get its specifications recognised by the international standards development […]
November 16, 2021

“Royalty-free” standards are not free of costs: AV1 as a case study

Often the term “royalty-free” is promulgated as a unique selling point of open source and some standards. The assumption of the uninitiated is that this means […]
November 9, 2021

5G and Green Energy

Today’s blog considers the role that wireless technology can be expected to play in achievement of climate change goals and the European Green Deal.  In our […]
November 2, 2021

New article: The Lords of the Ringtones – will one king rule the technology standards of the future?

A question not asked enough is, what is the long-term future of standardised technologies?  If you were to look into a magical crystal ball, what would you […]
October 28, 2021

Leadership change at IP Europe

Francisco Mingorance has announced that he will step down from his role as Executive Secretary of IP Europe to concentrate on other projects, including his roles […]
October 26, 2021

How Hold-out Threatens President von der Leyen’s Vision for the EU

On September 15, 2021, during the EU State of the Union address, President Ursula von der Leyen set forth a long-term vision for the European economy and […]
October 19, 2021

Will IEEE finally admit the errors of its 2015 patent policy changes?

The best advice one can often give to someone in a hole is to stop digging, but it seems that IEEE just can’t put down its […]
October 12, 2021


Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our times. The imperative to improve the way that we collectively treat our planet has spawned a […]
October 5, 2021

Transparency: Disclosing SEPs

Over the past few years there have been differing views on whether and when to disclose an SEP to an SSO. This has often been considered […]
September 28, 2021

According to MPEG LA “license-to-all” is unworkable

Patent pools are a favoured mode of technology sharing. In its 2017 Communication, “Setting out the EU approach to Standard Essential Patents” the European Commission noted: […]