Worldwide activities on licensing issues relation to standard essential patents

Author:Doris Johnson Hines - Ming-Tao Yang
Position:Partner, Finnegan, Washington, DC, USA

Thanks to technical standards, modern-day electronic devices are interoperable. Find out how different government agencies around the world are approaching issues surrounding the licensing of patents covering portions of these standards (i.e. standard essential patents (SEPs).

20 February 2019
Worldwide activities
on licensing issues
relating to standard
essential patents
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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