(WASHINGTON, DC) December 19, 2019– Today, ACT | The App Association released a statement from president Morgan Reed regarding a new policy statement from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) regarding remedies for standard-essential patents (SEPs) subject to voluntary fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory (F/RAND) commitments:

“We are disappointed today’s policy statement from DOJ, USPTO, and NIST does not go far enough in protecting small businesses from abusive SEP licensing behavior. We appreciate the reinforcement of the Supreme Court’s eBay standard, which accounts for the extraordinary impacts of SEP injunctions before awarding them. We will continue our advocacy before these agencies on behalf of our thousands of small business members to ensure a competitive environment that supports innovators in developing software and other technologies that rely on open standards.”

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About the App Association: ACT | The App Association represents more than 5,000 app makers and connected device companies in the mobile economy. Organization members leverage the connectivity of smart devices to create innovative solutions that make our lives better. ACT | The App Association is the leading industry resource on market strategy, regulated industries, privacy, and security.