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 […]


IoT Innovators Send Strong Message in Support for Reform of Germany’s Automatic Injunctions Law

Berlin, October 1st 2019 – Companies at the forefront of the Internet of Things (IoT) met with policymakers, academics and patent lawyers in Berlin on Monday to support much needed reforms to the rules governing the licensing of standard essential patents (SEPs), underway in Germany at the moment.

The half-day workshop entitled: German Leadership in Standard Essential Patents & FRAND Licensing, included executives from several industries involved in the development of IoT technologies, including the auto and auto parts sectors.

Discussion […]


Japan Patent Office: Guide to Licensing Negotiations Involving Standard Essential Patents

Published: June 5, 2018

The Japan Patent Office’s (JPO) “Guide to Licensing Negotiations involving Standard Essential Patents” aims to “enhance transparency and predictability, facilitate negotiations between rights holders and implementers, and help prevent or quickly resolve disputes concerning the licensing of standard essential patents (SEPs) which are essential in implementing standards in the field of wireless communications and the like.”

In formulating its guide, the JPO invited public comments in 2017 and in 2018, receiving approximately 100 responses […]


European Commission Communication: Setting Out the EU Approach to Standard Essential Patents

On November 29, 2017, the European Commission (EC) released a Communication titled Setting out the EU approach to Standard Essential Patents (SEPs). In this Communication, the EC set out to address three key concerns:

  • The prevalence of opaque information on SEP exposure;
  • Unclear valuation of patented technologies included in standards and the definition of fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing; and
  • The risk of uncertainty in enforcement of SEPs.

The EC noted that its Communication is intended […]


Taiwan Fair Trade Commission v. Qualcomm

Published: October 11, 2017

On October 11, 2017, the Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission (TFTC) announced an enforcement action against Qualcomm, Inc. for competition law violations regarding Qualcomm’s behavior in the context of licensing for standards-essential patents. The TFTC’s enforcement action also levied a fine of T$23.4 billion (US$774.14 million) against Qualcomm.

The TFTC issued the following decision:

  • Qualcomm holds a monopoly position in the market for code-division multiple access (CDMA), Wideband CDMA (WCDMA) and LTE mobile communications baseband products, […]

U.S. Federal Trade Commission vs. Qualcomm

Published: 1/17/17

On January 17, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint against Qualcomm Inc. for allegedly engaging in monopolistic tactics concerning its baseband processors—semiconductor devises that enable cellular communications in cell phones and other products.  The FTC alleges that Qualcomm used its dominant position as a supplier of certain baseband processors to impose onerous and anticompetitive supply and licensing terms on cell phone manufacturers and weaken competitors.  The FTC also alleges that Qualcomm violated a […]