Filling Huawei's Gaps: The Recent German Case Law on Standard Essential Patents
European Competition Law Review 2017, 12, 538
15 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2017 Last revised: 26 Dec 2017
Date Written: August 11, 2017
The Huawei ruling identified the steps that owners and users of SEPs will have to follow in negotiating a FRAND royalty. Compliance with the code of conduct will shield patent holders from the gaze of competition law and, at the same time, will protect implementers from the threat of an injunction.
The licensing framework provided by the CJEU is aimed at increasing legal certainty and predictability for the whole standardisation environment. Nevertheless, the judgment has been criticised because a relevant number of issues are left unresolved. In this scenario the activities of national courts in filling the gaps left by the CJEU deserve the utmost consideration. This paper will seek to explore the approach developed at national level post Huawei, focusing on the German judicial experience.
Keywords: Antitrust, Standards, Standard Essential Patent, Huawei, FRAND terms
JEL Classification: K21, L15, L41, O34
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