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Publications: Standardisation and SEP Licensing: A EU Policy Perspective, The Interplay Between Competition Law and Intellectual Property – An International Perspective
This essay by Ginevra Bruzzone and Sara Capozzi is published in G. Muscolo and M. Tavassi (eds.), The Interplay Between Competition Law and Intellectual Property – An International Perspective, Wolters Kluwer, 2019.
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.
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
Research: A FRAND Regime for Dominant Digital Platforms
by Mathew Heim and Igor Nikolic
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.
Publications: How OSS licensing could coinhabit with standards development organisations’ existing IPR policies
Over the past few years, standards development organisations (SDOs) have been assessing how open source software (OSS) could be used to complement standardisation activities. Given that most SDOs have pre-existing intellectual property rights (IPR) policies based on fair reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) access to essential patents, a key challenge for SDOs has therefore been to determine how OSS licensing could coinhabit with SDOs’ existing IPR policies. This has led to considerable discussion and debate and some confusion. Given the diversity of views on the topic, this document is intended to provide some clarity on some critical aspects.