Standards/SSO

November 2017
Gupta, Kirti

How SSOs Work: Unpacking the Mobile Industry's 3GPP Standards

At the center of the policy debate over patents and technology standards lie the widely successful mobile wireless cellular 3G and 4G standards. This chapter of "The Cambridge Handbook of Technical Standardization Law: Competition, Antitrust, and Patents" focuses on explaining the standards...Read More

November 29, 2017
European Commission

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

Communication from the European Commission to the European Parliament, The Council and the European Economic and Social Committee, Setting out the EU Approach to Standard Essential Patents

Standards ensure that interoperable and safe technologies are widely disseminated among companies...Read More

November 20, 2017
Dhapi, Spiro and Schettini Gherardini, Bardo

Standard Development Organizations And IPR Policies: Their Role In Realizing Future Technologies

In the growing digitalized economy, interconnected devices in all sectors need technology standards to operate. As standards are drivers for innovation, when they embed proprietary technology, notably Standard Essential patents (“SEPs”), their widespread use may be seen as an opportunity, but...Read More

Fall 2017
Competition Policy International

CPI Antitrust Chronicle – IP on Tech’s Cutting Edge: LeadershIP EU

The November 2017 Antitrust Chronicle addresses issues related to the inaugural LeadershIP EU Conference, which took place in Brussels on September 25th. The panelists at the conference came from the private and public sectors: regulators, academics and private practitioners. The Chronicle...Read More

September 2017
Padilla, Jorge and Davies, John and Boutin, Aleksandra

Economic Impact of Technology Standards

Jorge Padilla, John Davies and Aleksandra Boutin

"Our research has shown that industries based on open technology standards, agreed through voluntary participation in industry bodies, have an impressive record of innovation. We looked in particular at the mobile telephony industry, which...Read More

June 2018

Standards Development Organizations as Two-Sided Markets

Payment cards and dating websites may be the most famous examples of two-sided markets, but technology standard development organizations (“SDOs”) offer another example of two-sided platforms. How SDOs set the rules for their members can have wide-reaching effects – including on the SDO’s...Read More

March 2018
Gupta, Kirti and Effraimidis, Georgios

IEEE Patent Policy Revisions: An Empirical Examination of Impact

In February 2015, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-Standards Association (IEEE-SA) -- one of the largest Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) -- adopted highly controversial changes to its intellectual property rights (IPR) policy. Specifically, the IEEE-SA introduced...Read More

October 2017
Grindley, Peter and Sherry, Ed and Teece, David

On the “non-discrimination” aspect of FRAND licensing: A response to the Indian Competition Commission's recent orders

The Indian Competition Commission has recently challenged Ericsson's practice of licensing its standards-essential patents (SEPs), relating to cellular standards, for percentage-based royalties based on the selling prices of the end-user licensed products. Ericsson had committed to the relevant...Read More

November 20, 2017
Padilla, Jorge and Davies, John

The Superior Performance of Voluntary Technology Standards

Standards defining how technologies work together have profound effects on market structure and incentives for innovation. They enable suppliers to co-operate and compete in product markets, while allowing diverse contributions to R&D, through a “market for technology.” The governance...Read More

November 2017
Ginsburg, Douglas and Wong-Ervin, Koren

The Department of Justice’s Long Awaited and Much Needed Course Correction on FRAND-Assured Standard-Essential Patents

On November 10, 2017, the Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, Makan Delrahim, announced a crucial course-correction for policies involving standard-essential patents (SEPs) that a patent holder has voluntarily committed to license on fair,...Read More

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