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Research: Sensible Open Source Licenses For Standards Development Organizations

by Michele Herman

New technologies such as 5G, IoT, blockchain and many others are implemented as ecosystems with many interoperable products and services designed to communicate seamlessly through a developing web of technical standards. Today’s standards are far more software-driven than in the past. As a result, standards development organizations (SDOs) are increasing their use of open source software (OSS) to promote both the rapid development of new standards and the deployment of standards-conformant products and services in the marketplace.

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Categories: FRAND, Internet of Things (IoT), IP and Competition Law, Licensing, Patent Strategy, Policy, Standardisation

Research: The Value of Standard Essential Patents and the Level of Licensing

by Bowman Heiden, Jorge Padilla, Ruud Peters

The Value of Standard Essential Patents and the Level of Licensing

This paper argues that the value of standard essential patents (SEPs) should be independent of the level of licensing in the value chain. We further argue the value of enabling technologies, such as SEPs, is best determined in relation to the value it produces to the consumer or end-user, regardless of the licensing level. Finally, we discuss legal, economic, and organizational factors that can guide market actors to determine the optimal level of licensing through private ordering. Two cases studies, regarding optical standards and cellular standards, are presented to illustrate SEP licensing challenges and solutions in practice.

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Categories: FRAND, Internet of Things (IoT), IP and Competition Law, Licensing, Patent Strategy, Policy, Standardisation

Webinars: Unwired Planet v Huawei UK Supreme Court Decision - your questions answered

Provides a summary of the decision outlining what the judges upheld and what they overturned and answers the following questions: Will the UK still be able to calculate global rates as part of deciding whether to give an injunction? Non-discrimination: what happens if one licensee has a better deal? Will the UK remain a key forum for patent owners?

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

4iP News: Slides and recording now available - Unwired Planet v Huawei UK Supreme Court Decision - your questions answered

Slides and recording now available - Unwired Planet v Huawei UK Supreme Court Decision - your questions answered

Richard Vary answers key questions about the case

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

Publications: Unwired Planet v Huawei - UK Supreme Court Decision

Unwired Planet v Huawei  - UK Supreme Court Decision

These slides were shared by expert Richard Vary during a webinar on 1 September 2020. The webinar addressed the following questions about the UK Supreme Court's decision: Unwired Planet v Huawei - What did the judges uphold and what did they overturn? Will the UK still be able to calculate global rates as part of deciding whether to give an injunction? Non-discrimination: what happens if one licensee has a better deal? Will the UK remain a key forum for patent owners?

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