Mapping Standards to Patents Using Declarations of Standard‐Essential Patents

31 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2018

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Date Written: Fall 2018


This paper describes a new database of declared standard‐essential patents (SEPs), discusses methods for matching declared SEPs to specific standard documents, and presents empirical evidence on technology standards subject to declared SEPs. Although there is a growing body of empirical research using data on declared SEPs, this research has so far focused on the declared patents, and neglected the implications of SEP declarations for specific standards. Furthermore, we present a new methodology for matching standards with technology classes, using the classification of declared SEPs. This method allows identifying other standard‐related patents, and provides information on technological relationships between standards and standard‐related patenting. The paper discusses opportunities for new empirical research using databases of declared SEPs and data on patenting in standard‐related technology classes.

Keywords: patents, standard‐essential patents, technological classification, technology standards

JEL Classification: L15, O34, Y10

Suggested Citation

Baron, Justus and Pohlmann, Tim Christoph, Mapping Standards to Patents Using Declarations of Standard‐Essential Patents (Fall 2018). Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Vol. 27, Issue 3, pp. 504-534, 2018, Available at SSRN: or

Justus Baron (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Center on Law, Business, and Economics ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States


Tim Christoph Pohlmann

Berlin University of Technology, Chair of Innovation Economics ( email )

Berlin, 10585
+49 (0) 30 314 76624 (Phone)


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