Tag: SEPs

Widespread Support for IEEE 2015 Patent Policy

In 2015, the IEEE made changes to its Patent Policy for standard-essential patents (SEPs).  Among other things, that policy strongly disfavored seeking injunctive relief for SEPs because injuncti...
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FRAND, RAND, & the Problem at Hand: Increasing Certainty in Infringement Damages for Standard-Essential Patents

When Standard-Setting Organizations (“SSOs”) set various industry standards, they often require the incorporation of certain technologies (and, therefore, their underlying patents) into the standa...

Unwired Planet Decision May Lead To Crossed Wires On SEP Royalties

Last week, the UK Supreme Court ruled that it was legally permissible for UK courts to set worldwide license rates for patents that are subject to fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory license (FRA...

U.S. Effort to Create 5G Huawei Alternative Potentially Vulnerable to SEP Patent Litigation

Today’s Wall Street Journal reports on a White House plan to coordinate the development of 5G systems by American companies.  The effort is intended to provide a domestic alternative to Huawei ...

USPTO, DoJ, and NIST Issue FRAND/SEP Policy Statement

Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Department of Justice, and National Institute of Standards and Technology issued a joint statement on standard-essential patents (SEPs).  The...
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Is Big Tech FRANDly to Competition?

On Tuesday, Apple released a new policy on its website relating to the obscure topic of “FRAND” licensing of patents. That’s an especially obscure corner of the already-obscure area of patent la...

Voting Machines, Patents, and National Security

When standard-essential patents (SEPs) are in the news, it’s usually in the context of cellular or wireless networking standards.  Maybe you’ve thought about how standards govern other things...

EU Competition Authorities Fine Qualcomm While DoJ Says “No Problem”

Yesterday, EU Commissioner for Competition Margarete Vestager announced the Commission’s decision to fine Qualcomm for using pricing and contract terms to force a rival out of the market.  This...

Anything Qualcomm Can Do, Huawei Can Do (Better?)

With the settlement of the Apple-Qualcomm litigation, the fate of the FTC’s litigation against Qualcomm has become the next topic of interest in the standard-essential patent (SEP) sphere.  The...

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