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CIFRA Project deliverable list per WP.

WP2. Existing Issues in the Current Patent Framework

This work package aims at producing the background knowledge of key patent-related issues in the ICT industry. It will be our starting point for future analyses and proposals

D 2.1 Literature review

The aim of this paper is to provide a structured review of the main virtues and drawbacks of the Patent System, with a specific focus on its societal impact and the idiosyncrasies of the ICT sector. In addition, the paper presents and assesses the main solutions emerged in recent years in response to the problems caused by the fragmentation of patent rights, which is particularly salient in ICT. Overall, it contributes to a better understanding of the issues at stake and helps set the ground for advancing workable proposals to improve the current status quo.

D 2.2 Empirical Evidence on ICT patents between 1990 and 2012

In this paper, we explore the correlation between measures associated with excessive patent fragmentation/proliferation and patent lags (from application to grant) in the ICT industry during the period 1990-2012

D2.3. Report on the Ethical Implications

This deliverable provides a review of the ethical debate concerning the current patent system and its ability to fulfil societal objectives with a specific focus on the ICT sector. The paper provides a review of the societal impacts of the patent system, which until now, has been mainly focused on patents in the pharmaceutical industry including, the patenting of stem cells and DNA. This paper focuses on the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry and its impact on society with regards to ’ethical issues’ and ‘open access’ related to patents. These are two of the five aims of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) approach of the EU Program for Research and Innovation of the European Commission.

WP3.  Alternative Framing

This work package aims at proactively proposing new framings or tweaks to existing scenario that could foster a more responsible innovation that maximizes their contribution to the societal progress

D 3.1 Report on potential new framings, identifying needs for changing the current IPR regime relevant for ICT industries

This document results from the work of the CIFRA project (Challenging the ICT Patent Framework for Responsible Innovation) and it follows and builds upon previous documents produced in the frame of that project, and namely the following. Document D2.1 “Literature Review”, reviews the literature around issues in the patent system, with a special focus on the ICT sector. In turn, document D2.2 “Empirical Evidence on ICT patents between 1990 and 2012” is the result of the analyses of patent databases over the period 1990-2012 exploring different patenting trends as well as the correlation between different factors such as measures associated with excessive patent fragmentation/proliferation and patent lags. Document 2.3 “Report on the Ethical Implications” explores the literature dealing with the ethical implications of patents in general, and patents in the ICT sector specifically.

D 3.2 Report on Assessment of Impact of proposed new Framings

Information collected in WP2 about problems and shortcomings of the current IPR regime are enriched by an in-depth evaluation of existing foresight studies and ex-ante impact assessments of possible future scenarios, including studies on technological development trends, future market growth and investments and existing foresight activities.

Based on the literature review and the interviews, a stakeholder consultation has been implemented with the aim of identifying the most important challenges and prioritizing the main elements of possible changes of the current IPR regime based on their impacts on innovation. In addition, the relevance of the various dimensions of responsible research and innovation regarding ICT patents is covered by the survey.

WP4.  Dissemination within & beyond other  

This work package aims to achieve dissemination of the results of the project.

D 4.1 Dissemination of the results of the project: Event organization 

CIFRA at the end of the project organized an event in Madrid called “Technology management in 4th industrial revolution” to share the knowledge and discuss the project results with  international participation with ICT industrial, government, policy makers and opinion leader

D 4.2 Projection to other sectors beyond ICT

The main objective of this deliverable is to make a comparison among the perceptions of other sectors of the main issues concerning the Patent System and the findings on ICT sector obtained from the first survey ran as part of the WP3 of CIFRA project. To carry out this specific comparison a second survey was launched.

The results obtained from the literature review of WP2, the insights of deliverable D3.1 and the results of expert interviews and the focus groups, captured in deliverable D3.2 allowed to the CIFRA consortium identify the most relevant problems and potential solutions of the patent system in the ICT sector. This part of the study will replicated the survey ran for the ICT sector for the health and the energy sector.

D 4.4 Policy Paper on potential new framings, identifying needs for changing the current IPR regime relevant for ICT industries

This document as well as any propositions included herein are without prejudice to the recognized state of the law and binding international and intergovernmental treaties and norms.

Based on the literature review and the interviews, a stakeholder consultation has been implemented with the aim of identifying the most important challenges and prioritizing the main elements of possible changes of the current IPR regime based on their impacts on innovation. In addition, the relevance of the various dimensions of responsible research and innovation regarding ICT patents is covered by the survey.

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