According to Michael E. Porter, “Every firm is a collection of activities that are performed to design, produce, market, deliver, and support its product” (value activities). These consume resources and are linked together in processes.
We observe a trend to extensive (over-)regulation of corporate activity, increased application and enforcement of legal provisions as well as fines for compliance violations, some of which threaten the very existence of companies.
More and more companies use patents to keep a distance from competitors or to open up common markets by cross licensing. This raises both legal and practical questions, which patent law expert Christoph Jonas sheds light.