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ECJ rips up Orange Book! New standards in Europe for SEP injunctions

Standards lie at the heart of the digital economy – without standards, we would not have smartphones, tablets and other key parts of modern life. Europe’s highest court recently delivered a judgment in Huawei v. ZTE1...more

The Court of Justice’s Preliminary Ruling in Huawei v. ZTE: The Final Word?

The application of competition law to standard essential patents (SEPs) has been the subject of significant debate. The latest instalment was provided by the Court of Justice on 16 July 2015 with its much-anticipated...more

EU’s Highest Court Confirms that Seeking an Injunction for SEPs May Constitute an Abuse of a Dominant Position

On July 16, 2015, the EU's highest court, the Court of Justice, rendered its long-awaited ruling on whether seeking an injunction for a standard-essential patent ("SEP") against an alleged patent infringer constitutes an...more

Huawei v ZTE - CJEU Landmark Decision Provides New Ground Rules for Asserting Standard-Essential Patents in Europe

In a landmark decision issued on July 16, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) provided new guidelines on how patent infringement courts in Europe should deal with patent proprietors seeking injunctions or...more

EU Court: Standard Essential Patent Owners May Be Abusing Dominance

On July 16, the European Court of Justice issued a decision stating that standard essential patent (“SEP”) owners that seek injunctions against companies willing to license intellectual property on fair and reasonable terms...more

European Union High Court Gives Guidance On Seeking Injunctive Relief On FRAND-Encumbered Seps (Huawei V. ZTE)

Today, a European Union high court issued a ruling that provides guidance on what steps the owner of a FRAND-encumbered patent that may be essential to a standard should take before seeking injunctive relief. The court also...more

Risk of ”Standard-Essential” Patent Litigation to Bitcoin

It’s tempting to think that Bitcoin services would be immune to patent litigation. After all, Bitcoin protocol is open source and seems to be in the public domain. Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous designer of...more

Is Antitrust Relevant for Startups, Emerging, and Non-Dominant Firms?

The answer is (surprise!) “yes.” There are a number of ways in which antitrust law is relevant to emerging and non-dominant companies. Those firms may: Need to deal with the dominant firms in their markets,...more

ALJ Essex Elaborates an Evidence-Based Framework for Adjudicating the FRAND Defense

Administrative Law Judge Essex recently issued the public version of his Initial Determination on Remand in International Trade Commission investigation No. 337-TA-613, In the Matter of Certain 3G Mobile Handsets and...more

Antitrust & Competition Newsletter - April 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That State Action Immunity Does Not Apply to State Boards If the Board Is Controlled by Active Market Participants - On Feb. 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in a 6-3 decision, that a state...more

Is the FRAND Regime Due for an Overhaul?

In today’s technology-heavy world, technical interoperability standards are quite common. Because those standards are often patented, patent owners may have the ability to extract a monopoly price and some argue those owners...more

ITC Section 337 Update - April 2015

Motorola’s Appeal To Ninth Circuit Of A Jury Determination That Motorola Breached Its FRAND Obligation – In a case involving the first time a federal district court judge determined a FRAND royalty rate for standard essential...more

DOJ’s Endorsement of IEEE Patent Policy Takes Center Stage at IP Antitrust Conference

On April 14 in Washington, DC, Global Competition Review hosted its Second Annual IP & Antitrust USA conference. The conference covered various hot topics being closely followed by IP antitrust practitioners, including (1)...more

A Case Study: How the Record Breaking Antitrust Penalty Against Qualcomm Transforms the Landscape of SEPs Licensing in China

The PRC National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) finally concluded its antitrust investigations against Qualcomm and issued an administrative sanction on February 10, 2015, putting an end to the 16-month...more

Defining “Reasonable” in RAND: A Bit of Common Sense

What is RAND? It’s a simple question. Given the ubiquity of the term, one would think that the answer would be clear. After all, standard-setting organizations (“SSOs”) around the world require patent holders to declare their...more

February 2015: Asia-Pacific Litigation Update: Injunctive Relief for SEPs Limited in Japan.

Injunctive Relief for SEPs Limited in Japan. Japan appears to be limiting injunctive and exclusionary relief for holders of Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) encumbered by Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND)...more

IEEE Clarifies Obligations When Licensing Standards-Essential Patents

In one of our previous advisories (see, In Ericsson v. D-Link The Federal Circuit Provides Guidance on Damages for Standard Essential Patents) we discussed the Federal Circuit's recent decision in Ericsson, Inc. v. D-Link,...more

IEEE Clarifies RAND Commitment for Standard-Essential Patents

On February 8, 2015, the Board of Governors of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (“IEEE”) approved changes to the IEEE Patent Policy that provide additional specificity as to the nature of the obligation...more

Orrick's Antitrust and Competition Newsletter (Global) - February 2015

DOJ’s Approval of Revisions to IEEE’s Standard-Setting Policies Provides Guidance for SSOs, Patent Holders, Licensees and Courts - On Feb. 2, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a business review letter that...more

China Imposes Record Fine of Approx. US$975 Million (€863 Million) Under Its Anti-Monopoly Law

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced an RMB 6.088 billion (approximately US$975 million and €863 million) fine against Qualcomm Inc. for alleged abuse of its market position in China in...more

Will New IEEE Standards Policy Devalue Standards Essential Patents?

On February 8, 2015, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) adopted a new patent policy for standards-essential patents (SEPs) in IEEE standards. This comes in the midst of rapid developments in the high...more

Antitrust in China: NDRC v. Qualcomm – One All

On 10 February 2015, China fined Qualcomm CNY6.08 billion (approx. USD975m or EUR870m) for abusive patent licensing practices and imposed several remedies on the company. ...more

Qualcomm Resolves China Antitrust Investigation by Paying $975 Million and Changing its Patent Licensing Practices

Qualcomm sells chipsets and licenses its related standard-essential patents for use in 3G- and 4G-enabled smartphones and tablets. In late 2013, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) began investigating...more

Qualcomm Agrees to $975 Million Fine and Conduct Remedies to Resolve Chinese Standard Essential Patent Licensing Investigation

The assertion of standard essential patents (SEPs) by patent-holders has raised patent, contract, and competition issues in jurisdictions around the world. One SEP holder, Qualcomm, has faced particular scrutiny with respect...more

DOJ Provides New Guidance on Required Licensing of Essential Patents in Standard-Setting

DOJ recently concluded that a standard-setting organization's proposal to update its policy regarding patents underlying its standards was pro-competitive. DOJ's analysis of the association's process and legal structure...more

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