Recent Developments in Korean Antirust Cases Concerning FRAND-Encumbered Standard-Essential Patents
Jindal Global Law Review, Vol. 8: 221, 2017, DOI: 10.1007/s41020-017-0051-1
14 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2017 Last revised: 3 Dec 2017
Date Written: July 30, 2017
In Korea, there have been four antitrust cases concerning the “fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory” (FRAND) related standard-essential patents (SEPs) in the last six years: (1) Seoul Central District Court’s decision in Samsung v. Apple (August 2012); (2) Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC)’s consent decision on Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia (August 2015); (3) Seoul High Court’s decision in Qualcomm v. KFTC (August 2012) pending in the Supreme Court; and (4) KFTC’s decision against Qualcomm (January 2017) pending in the Seoul High Court.
This article provides an analyses of the four cases, and comments on the application of the Korean Monopoly and Fair Trade Act towards FRAND-encumbered SEPs.
Keywords: Antitrust, Competition, Korea, FRAND, SEP, Apple, Samsung, Qualcomm, Microsoft
JEL Classification: K21
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