How German Patent Reform Could Benefit Innovative Small and Medium Enterprises

As the leading voice for small business innovators, ACT | The App Association works hard to bring the small business voice to legal and policy discussions about standard-essential patents (SEPs). Our goal is to create an environment that allows small businesses to contribute to and utilize standardized technologies. A balanced [...]

By |2020-01-14T14:08:07-05:00January 14th, 2020|Blog, European Union, FRAND, Patents|

EU Update: One Year After SEP Communication, Where are We?

A year ago last week the European Commission published a Communication on the licensing of standard essential patents (SEPs).  It was an enlightened move to steer a fraught process that has been dogged by litigation, especially in the area of communications technologies. Lawsuits over the licensing of SEPs for communications [...]

By |2018-12-07T13:39:29-05:00December 7th, 2018|Blog, European Union, FRAND, Innovation and IP, IoT, Patents|

Patents and the Public Interest: What Does the ITC Ruling Against Qualcomm Really Mean?

Earlier this fall, U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Judge Thomas Pender issued a ruling in an ongoing dispute between Qualcomm and Apple over patent infringement. Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Thomas Pender’s Initial Determination found that while Apple may have infringed upon a patent owned by Qualcomm, he saw no merit [...]

By |2018-12-03T12:07:11-05:00December 3rd, 2018|Blog, Competition, FRAND, IoT, Open Standards, Patents|

The Eastern District Court of Texas is Trying to Go Cray on Google

Intellectual property (IP), including patents, is the lifeblood of our industry. Obtaining IP rights is only half the battle for our small company members; they also bear the burden of fending off infringement claims, including tenuous ones, in distant courts.  This phenomenon is especially prevalent in the patent space, which [...]

By |2018-09-20T15:52:21-04:00August 29th, 2018|Blog, Courts, Innovation and IP, Patents|

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

The European Commission announced their establishment of a 15-person expert group to consider the value and licensing practices for standard essential patents. ACT | The App Association President Morgan Reed offered the following statement in support of the creation of the expert group. "We welcome the creation of a European [...]

By |2018-07-06T08:14:48-04:00July 5th, 2018|European Union, Patents|
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