The Japan Patent Office (JPO) Guide to Licensing Negotiations Involving Standard Essential Patents, Comment of the Global Antitrust Institute, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

16 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2018 Last revised: 13 Apr 2018

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Abbott B. Lipsky

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School

Joshua D. Wright

Lodestar Law and Economics

Douglas H. Ginsburg

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School

John M. Yun

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School

Date Written: April 9, 2018

Abstract

The GAI submitted comments in response to a public consultation by the Japan Patent Office (JPO) regarding its Draft Guide for SEP (standard-essential patent) Licensing Negotiations. The GAI comments encouraged the JPO to acknowledge the platform characteristics of standard-setting organizations (“SSOs”), which link technology innovators directly with technology implementers, and to recognize the key role of SSOs in determining how patents necessary to the provision of standardized products and services should be licensed. The comment also asked the JPO to accept that substantial flexibility is necessary for SSOs and parties engaged in SEP licensing, in light of the wide variation in technologies, standards, and the competitive conditions prevailing in affected markets.

Keywords: standard-setting organization, standard-essential patent, licensing, platform, antitrust

Suggested Citation

Lipsky, Abbott B. and Wright, Joshua D. and Ginsburg, Douglas H. and Yun, John M., The Japan Patent Office (JPO) Guide to Licensing Negotiations Involving Standard Essential Patents, Comment of the Global Antitrust Institute, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University (April 9, 2018). George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 18-05, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3160827 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3160827

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