20 February 2019
on licensing issues
relating to standard
By Doris Johnson Hi nes, Partner, and
Ming-Tao Yang, Partner, Finne gan, Washington,
Technical standards that ensure device interconnec-
tivity and interoperabi lity cover myriad products in the
information and computer technology (ICT) space, from
smart phones and t ablets, to memory devices and cabl es.
Standards are ubiquitous. Among other things, they allow
the world’s more than 8 billion mobile devices to com-
municate with each other and ens ure users can access
and operate the world’s more than 2 billion compu ters.
Standard setting org anizations, which promulgate tech-
nical standards, of ten require owners of patents covering
portions of a standa rd, called standard essential patents
(SEPs), to commit to license their patents on fair, reason-
able and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.
This year presents fres h opportunities for implementer s of
standards-related technologies to potentially reduce the
Technical sta ndards ensure i nterconnectiv ity and interope rability of bil lions of mobile phones a nd
other electron ic devices that we u se every day. e organ izations that se t these standar ds often requir e
owners of patent s covering port ions of a standard (k nown as a stand ard essential pa tent (SEP))
to commit to li cense their patent s on fair, reasonable a nd non-discri minatory (FR AND) terms .
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