The intersection of antitrust and technology licensing and transfer has become wildly confusing and complex. Just look at all the acronyms: FRAND, RAND, SEP, SSO, TTBER, IPR, ETSI; or look at some of the other nomenclature – trolls, sticky patents, patent wars, holdups, patent thickets. And the number of lawsuits and regulatory actions is ever-increasing. However, with the help of Paul Lugard, who suggested and shepherded this issue, and, of course, our authors, this issue will make all things clear. Enjoy!
Technology Transfer & Licensing
Introducing the CPI Antitrust Chronicle issue on technology licensing and transfer an issue that comes at a critical time. Paul Lugard (TILEC)
We were asked by DG Competition to provide an economic evaluation of the 2004 Technology Transfer Guidelines that would serve as an input into the formal review process initiated a few months ago. Pierre Rgibeau (CRAI & Imperial Coll.) & Katharine E. Rockett (Univ. of Essex)
Perhaps the main difference of opinions between Regibeau & Rockett and us is that we consider the patent thicket to be a real problem in many technology sectors, a