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Patent Hold-Up or Patent Hold-Out? Judge Essex Adds His Voice to the SEP-FRAND Debate

Administrative Law Judge Essex recently issued the public version of his Initial Determination in ITC investigation No. 337-TA-868, ruling that the respondents are precluded from relying on the defense that the patent holder...more

Reed Smith Obtains Groundbreaking Decision that Clarifies RAND Obligations for Standards-Essential Patents

Defenses based upon a patentee’s failure to provide reasonable and non-discriminatory (RAND) license terms are becoming a bigger issue and more common as more patentees sue companies on patents they claim are essential to...more

Standard Essential Patents Come Under Scrutiny of the DOJ, FTC, and PTO

Introduction - Increased public and regulatory attention has been recently given to litigation remedies available to standard essential patent (“SEP”) holders who have committed to offer patent licenses on fair,...more

"New Year Will See More Policing of Patent Conduct by US and EU Competition Agencies"

If recent events are any indication, U.S. and European antitrust agencies will remain focused this year on the intersection of intellectual property and competition law. In particular, the agencies have concluded that under...more

On the FTC-Google Settlement

Much has already been written about the specific terms of the settlement, so I will not attempt duplicate that effort. You can find the actual settlement here (see alert for link). There is some interesting background...more

FTC-Google Consent Decree Provides Important Lessons Regarding Standards-Essential Patents

On January 3, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entered into a Consent Decree with Google Inc. (“Google”) and its wholly owned subsidiary Motorola Mobility LLC (“Motorola”). The decree settles allegations that Google...more

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