Selected Quantitative Studies of Patents in Standards
77 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2014
Date Written: June 20, 2014
After an introduction into the principle data and methodology, this study starts by providing a quantitative overview of the general features of standard essential patents (also called SEPs). It considers the occurrence of essential patents, how their existence has developed over time, and how essential patents are distributed among SSOs, technology areas, standards, and owners (including their business models). It also considers the legal status of such patents, for example whether they are actually enforceable. The study continues with an analysis on how SEPs differ from ‘regular’ patents. To make a fair comparison, a matched control set of patents was developed. We consider and compare the citation performance, the family size, and the patent grant likelihood. The final four chapters of the study focus on a set of specific topics: (1) ‘blanket disclosures’, (2) essential patent transfer, (3) patent pools, and (4) and litigation.
Keywords: Patents, Standards, Standard Essential Patents (SEPs), blanket disclosures, essential patent transfer, patent pools, litigation
JEL Classification: O34, O31, O31, K11, D23
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