Moderator: Elisabeth Opie

Elisabeth Opie opened a boutique law firm focusing on international technology in Munich, Germany, in 2014. With over 20 years’ international experience in innovation ecosystems, she specialises in dealing with technology across various sectors. Practice areas cover international trade law, technology transfer and commercialisation (including structuring and negotiation strategies), competition law and dispute resolution. Standardised technology is a particular focus. Ms Opie is registered with the Rechtsanwaltskammer München and practises German, English and Australian law.

China’s Practice of Anti-Suit Injunctions in SEP Litigation: Transplant or False Friend?

In 2020, China abruptly became the largest grantor of anti-suit injunctions (ASIs), which are court orders that prevent the opposing party from beginning or continuing a proceeding in another jurisdiction. China’s use of ASIs, which were used to address patent litigation initiated in a foreign country, was explicitly supported by
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The Battle Over Patents: A Summary

Adapted from The Battle over Patents: History and Politics of Innovation, edited by Stephen H. Haber and Naomi R. Lamoreaux (Oxford University Press, 2021). Complaints about the patent system are not new. Virtually all arguments that critics seize upon today to support their suggestions for a patent reform have
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IP is Not IP: Intellectual Property is Not Industrial Policy, and Why This Matters 

Competition by China with the United States for global leadership in innovation has prompted anew an age-old policy debate: What are the best policies and legal institutions to promote next-generation inventions like 5G, AI, and mRNA vaccines? Are innovations best promoted and distributed either through industrial policy initiatives like prizes,
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