ACT | The App Association Applauds the Department of Justice Restoring 2015 Business Review Letter Interpretation

(WASHINGTON, DC) April 15, 2021– Today, ACT | The App Association released a statement regarding the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) restoration of its 2015 Business Review Letter supporting key clarifications on standard-essential patent (SEP) licensing issues made by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA):

“The App Association welcomes the DOJ Antitrust Division’s decision to restore the 2015 Business Review Letter in support of IEEE-SA’s efforts to clarify its patent policy by clarifying and strengthening its fair, reasonable, and […]


ACT | The App Association Statement on the Report of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Standard-Essential Patents

(Brussels) 10 February 2021 – Today, ACT | The App Association released a statement on behalf of chairperson Mike Sax on the release of the European Commission’s (EC) Expert Group Report on Standard-Essential Patents (SEP):

“Unfortunately, today’s release of the Expert Group’s report confirmed what we long expected. The findings and recommendations, on their face, do not reflect the balance which the EC consistently sought in the public debate surrounding SEPs. The failure by the group to reach […]


Leading Groups Express Support for IEEE-SA’s Patent Policy in New Letter

Forty-one organizations expressed their support for IEEE-SA’s patent policy in a letter to the standards organization. The 2015 IEEE-SA policy change is the prime example of a standard setting organization demonstrating leadership in providing clarity on the meaning of fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) commitments to make access to key standards like WiFi much more certain and manageable.

The goal of this letter is to support IEEE-SA in light of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust […]


INSIGHT: New Statement on Standard-Essential Patents Relies on Omissions, Strawmen, Generalities

Innovators Network Fellow and Rutgers Law School Professor Michael A. Carrier takes issue with the new joint statement on Standard–Essential Patents, saying the statement’s generalities do not meaningfully assist courts and other policymakers on patent holdup issues. Further, a series of omissions and strawmen make the statement less balanced and reasonable than the document it replaced.

Read the article on Bloomberg Law


ACT | The App Association Statement Regarding DOJ/USPTO/NIST 2019 Policy Statement on Remedies for Standard-Essential Patents

(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 […]