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Tide turns in US and EU agencies’ policies on SEP licensing
The
new US Department of Justice antitrust leader says antitrust enforcers are too
accommodating to IP implementers when in dispute with standard-essential patent owners. Instead, patent owners should be allowed to decide how
they want to exercise their pro...
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Development of innovative new standards jeopardised by IEEE patent policy
I recently wrote a paper for 4iP Council about the effect of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) 2015 patent patent policy change on submissions of Letters of Assurance (LOAs) indicating whether patents are pledged to the new polic...
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Yet another article on the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone
An extra-terrestrial alien visiting Earth
in 2007 and returning, now, one decade later, might, at first glance, notice
little difference in smartphones between times. For example, most-recent iPhone
models superficially appear very similar to their predeces...
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Adjusting the Balance in SEP Evaluations and Licensing
A European Commission DG Growth initiative described in its Roadmap on Standard Essential Patents for
a European digitalised economy aims to increase information on SEPs
so implementers can get a better idea about which of these they might be
infringing. Ad...
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Do not Count on Accuracy in Third-Party Patent-Essentiality Determinations
The Roadmap onStandard Essential Patents for a European Digitalised Economy from the European Commission’s DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
(DG Growth) sets out how it believes increasing
transparency on standard-essential patents and...
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EU Competition Commissioner Vestager is Wrong to Claim Smartphone Royalties are Excessive and Unjustified
I would like to introduce you to guest
blogger Trevor Soames, a leading Brussels based antitrust lawyer with extensive experience of major high tech and IP-related investigations and
litigation, having represented several major corporations in various cases...
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Patently Faulty and Discredited Smartphone Licensing Cost Figure in Commissioner Vestager's Speech on Excessive Prices
It was
irresponsible of European Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, to say
in a
speech about excessive prices last month that “[o]ne recent study shows that 120 dollars of the cost
of each smartphone comes from paying royalties for the patents it...
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Fair returns on R&D from SEP licensing with smartphone success and upcoming 5G
Patent licensing remains a flashpoint
for mobile telecom as it moves towards a future of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) Cellular technology pioneers are being marginalized with diminished
financial returns on their research and development investments ...
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Self-interested bias of committee members amending IEEE’s patent policy devalues SEPs
According to research published by J.
Gregory Sidak of Criterion Economics, the process by which the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) amended its patent policy was
significantly biased in favour of implementers and against standard-e...
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Free and Fair Trade in IP would be Crushed by Compulsory Chip-based SEP Licensing
The Fair Standards Alliance  makes various demands in its “position paper.” Among these it states t hat
a standard-essential patent license “should be available at any point in the
value chain where the standard is implemented and that a fair, reasonable an...
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