What You Need To Know About Standard Essential Patents

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Michael Carrier, Aug 22, 2014

In the past several years, standard essential patents, or “SEPs,” have exploded onto the scene. Courts and enforcement agencies around the world have grappled with the nuances they present. What exactly are SEPs? What do attorneys need to know about SEPs?

This article answers these questions. After presenting the setting in which SEPs arise, it addresses three issues: (1) injunctions, (2) antitrust enforcement, and (3) the determination of fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory (“FRAND”) royalties.