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Over-Declaration of Standard Essential Patents and Determinants of Essentiality

38 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2017 Last revised: 28 Oct 2017

Robin Stitzing

Nokia Corporation

Pekka Sääskilahti

Compass Lexecon

Jimmy Royer

Analysis Group, Inc.; Université de Sherbrooke - Department of Economics

Marc Van Audenrode

Laval University - Département d'Économique; Analysis Group, Inc.

Date Written: October 27, 2017

Abstract

Not all Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) are actually essential – a phenomenon called over-declaration. IPR policies of standard-setting organizations require patent holders to declare any patents as SEPs that might be essential, without further SSO review or detailed compulsory declaration information. We analyze actual essentiality of 4G cellular standard SEPs. A declaration against a specific technical specification document of the standard is a strong predictor of essentiality. We also find that citations from and to SEPs declared to the same standard predict essentiality. Our results provide policy guidance and call for recognition of over-declaration in the economics literature.

Keywords: standards, standard essential patents, intellectual property, innovation

JEL Classification: K11, K21, L44, L51, L52

Suggested Citation

Stitzing, Robin and Sääskilahti, Pekka and Royer, Jimmy and Audenrode, Marc Van, Over-Declaration of Standard Essential Patents and Determinants of Essentiality (October 27, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2951617

Robin Stitzing (Contact Author)

Nokia Corporation

Nokia Group, 00045
Finland

Pekka Sääskilahti

Compass Lexecon ( email )

United States

Jimmy Royer

Analysis Group, Inc. ( email )

1000 De La Gauchetiere
Suite 1200
Montreal, Quebec H3B4W5
Canada

Université de Sherbrooke - Department of Economics

Sherbrooke, Quebec J1K 2R1
Canada

Marc Van Audenrode

Laval University - Département d'Économique ( email )

2325 Rue de l'Université
Ste-Foy, Quebec G1K 7P4 G1K 7P4
Canada
418-656-3125 (Phone)

Analysis Group, Inc. ( email )

1080 Beaver Hall Hill
Suite 1810
Montreal, Quebec H2Z 1S8
Canada

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