FRAND Arbitration: The Determination of Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory Rates for SEPs by Arbitral Tribunals

Forthcoming, Antitrust Chronicle (Fall 2016)

TILEC Discussion Paper No. 2016-028

16 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2016 Last revised: 13 Oct 2016

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Damien Geradin

Tilburg Law & Economics Center (TILEC); University College London - Faculty of Laws; EUCLID Law

Date Written: September 1, 2016

Abstract

At the core of most disputes concerning the licensing of standard-essential patents (SEPs) lies the inability of the SEP holder and the standard implementer to agree on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) license terms. As an alternative to court litigation, a growing number of academics, agency officials and private practitioners have advocated arbitration of SEP-related disputes, and there is anecdotal evidence that are increasingly relying on arbitration to settle such disputes. The purpose of this paper is to discuss based on the author’s personal experience how arbitral proceedings to set FRAND terms work in practice, as well as the various challenges faced by arbitrators, parties, and counsel involved in such proceedings.

Keywords: standardization, patents, standard-essential patents, hold up, FRAND, arbitration

JEL Classification: K11, K21, K42, L41

Suggested Citation

Geradin, Damien, FRAND Arbitration: The Determination of Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory Rates for SEPs by Arbitral Tribunals (September 1, 2016). Forthcoming, Antitrust Chronicle (Fall 2016) ; TILEC Discussion Paper No. 2016-028. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2833200 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2833200

Damien Geradin (Contact Author)

Tilburg Law & Economics Center (TILEC)

Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

Gower St
London WC1E OEG, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

EUCLID Law ( email )

Brussels
Belgium

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