Litigation of Standards-Essential Patents in Europe: A Comparative Analysis
32 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2017 Last revised: 29 May 2018
Date Written: March 3, 2017
Despite the significance of patent litigation in the EU and the looming structural overhaul of the European patent litigation system, there has been comparatively little empirical or statistical analysis of European patent cases across member states. This absence has largely been due to the lack of harmonized case-level data across European jurisdictions. Over the past few years, however, researchers in Europe have developed patent litigation databases that have enabled robust quantitative analysis. As a result, comparative empirical studies have recently been published concerning European patent litigation overall, as well as litigation by so-called non-practicing entities (NPEs). The present study extends this work to the important area of litigation relating to standards-essential patents (SEPs) in the EU. We find that SEPs have been asserted in Europe at significant levels, and that PAEs play a large role in this activity.
Keywords: Europe, UK, Germany, standards, SEP, standards-essential patent, FRAND, litigation
JEL Classification: K00, K41, L63, L86, L96, O34
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