IPR Policy As Strategy – The Battle To Define the Meaning of Frand
Heiden, B. (2020). IPR Policy as Strategy: The Battle to Define the Meaning of FRAND. Antitrust Chronicle, March vol., Competition Policy International.
14 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2021
Date Written: October 31, 2020
The current contentions over SEP licensing in mobile telecommunications is primarily a result of the success of standardization to build a multi-trillion-dollar market. This success has generated a large economic surplus, whose distribution among different actors in the value chain is the focus of these contentions. This article illustrates the battle among market actors to define the meaning of FRAND through policy interventions that seek to change the rules of the game in alignment with their strategic interests. This article takes a first step towards building an operative model to describe the political processes behind the construction of the meaning of FRAND by defining the self-assertive interests, key normative concepts and claims, and legitimizing arenas where the concept of FRAND is actively socially constructed.
Keywords: Standard, Essential, Patents, IPR, Policy, Strategy, FRAND, SEP
JEL Classification: L15, L24, O31, O34, P16
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