Today the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) celebrates the issuance of their 10 millionth patent. That’s seven zeros and a whole lot of creativity. USPTO calls this feat a “milestone of human ingenuity” – we call it the representation of American leadership in the promotion of art and [...]
Leading Businesses and Industry Bodies Launch a CEN-CENELEC Workshop to Agree on Best Practice Code for SEP Licensing in Europe
BERLIN: ACT | The App Association (ACT) and the Fair Standards Alliance (FSA) today established a CEN CENELEC Workshop to examine the licensing of Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) in Europe, in particular in the field of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT). Delegates from a wide range of companies [...]
Last month, the Supreme Court of Korea, the Republic of Korea's highest court, issued an important ruling that will have a wide impact on standard essential patents (SEPs) and fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing practices. In December 2016, the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) issued a Corrective Order against [...]
Have Qualcomm, Ericsson and Nokia become open source converts? Or are they inviting pirates to clone their SEP-protected communications chips?
If you can have access to a patented technology but you aren't allowed to licence it, that either means the licensor is offering it up for free, in the way open source software developers offer up their wares free to others without asking them to sign a licence. Or it [...]
In a new blog post, IP Europe gave its favorite false narrative a new coat of paint by suggesting that the bedrock FRAND requirement of “license for all” equates to some kind of “license to kill.” It’s a clever turn-of-phrase designed to appeal to European Commission officials debating the final [...]