So That's What RAND Means? A Brief Report on the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law in Microsoft v. Motorola

Patently-O, April 2013

4 Pages Posted: 3 May 2013  

Jorge L. Contreras

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law

Date Written: April 27, 2013

Abstract

On April 25, 2013, Judge James Robart in the Western District of Washington issued Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law in Microsoft v. Motorola. The opinion outlines, for the first time, a court's framework for calculating "reasonable and nondiscriminatory" (RAND) royalty rates for patents essential to industry standards. While the court's analysis establishes a number of important principles for such calculations, particularly the importance of accounting for "royalty stacking," it also leaves open several important questions and its applicability to less widely-adopted standards may be limited.

Keywords: standards, patents, licensing, rand, frand

Suggested Citation

Contreras, Jorge L., So That's What RAND Means? A Brief Report on the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law in Microsoft v. Motorola (April 27, 2013). Patently-O, April 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2259135

Jorge L. Contreras (Contact Author)

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law ( email )

383 S. University Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730
United States

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