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Research: Economic efficiency and field-of-use pricing of SEP licences under FRAND terms

by Dr Eskil Ullberg, PhD, Adjunct Professor, George Mason University, Virginia, USA and Head of the Trade in Ideas Program, Institute of Management of Innovation and Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

Economic efficiency and field-of-use pricing of SEP licences under FRAND terms

This summary paper is concerned with patented technology markets, and whether price differentiation based on field-of-use is economically efficient. The focus is on the licensing of SEPs on FRAND terms and conditions, including also the Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and the economic growth in the digital economy, especially for SMEs. The central argument proposed is that the difference in the value between usages of standardised technologies determines whether a single price for all usages or specific field-of-use prices are economically efficient. The full version of this paper will appear in the forthcoming issue of the Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property, Volume 9, 2019.

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Categories: SMEs, Standardisation, Licensing, Digital Single Market, FRAND

Publications: Unwired Planet v Huawei: the UK Court of Appeal’s judgment. Webinar slides presented by the Rt. Hon. Sir Robin Jacob and Richard Vary

Unwired Planet v Huawei: the UK Court of Appeal’s judgment. Webinar slides presented by the Rt. Hon. Sir Robin Jacob and Richard Vary

This webinar took place on 13 February 2019 and offered a summary of this significant court decision, detail on the contract law basis for FRAND and a discussion on the jurisdiction issues surrounding a national court determining global FRAND rates.

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Categories: IP Enforcement, Licensing, IP and Competition Law, FRAND

4iP News: Webinar on the UK Court of Appeal ruling on Unwired Planet v Huawei - slides now available

The Rt. Hon. Sir Robin Jacob and Richard Vary's webinar presentation today on the recent UK Court of Appeal ruling Huawei v Unwired Planet is now available for download.

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Categories: IP Enforcement, IP and Competition Law, FRAND, Legislation

Research: A FRAND Regime for Dominant Digital Platforms

by Mathew Heim and Igor Nikolic

A FRAND Regime for Dominant Digital Platforms

This study explores how European policy and legislation has traditionally applied the ‘fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory’ or FRAND regime in order to ensure access to critical goods or services. This regime provides inspiration in the on-going debate around dominant digital platforms. The authors of this paper are Mathew Heim, Tanfield Chambers and Dr. Igor Nikolic, University College London.

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Categories: SMEs, Standardisation, IP and Competition Law, Digital Single Market, Digital platforms, European Commission, FRAND, Policy, Legislation, Regulation, Access