Contribution to the Debate on SEPs

European Commission - Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs - Industrial policy: Standard Essential Patents 2021

230 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2021 Last revised: 15 Mar 2021

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Justus Baron

Northwestern University - Center on Law, Business, and Economics

Damien Geradin

Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC); Geradin Partners; University of East Anglia (UEA) - Centre for Competition Policy; University College London - Faculty of Laws

Sam Granata

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Bowman Heiden

Center for Intellectual Property - Chalmers University of Technology, University of Gothenburg, and Norwegian University of Science and Technology; University of California, Berkeley - Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

Martin Heinebrodt

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Fabian Hoffmann

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Aleksandra Kuźnicka-Cholewa

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Taraneh Maghame

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Monica Magnusson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jorge Padilla

Compass Lexecon

Ruud Peters

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Matthias Schneider

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sebastiano Toffaletti

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: January 31, 2021

Abstract

Report of the Expert Group of the European Commission on licensing and valuation of standard essential patents (SEPs).

The report provides an analysis of the current SEP licensing landscape and identifies a number of issues important to the future of SEP licensing. The report includes proposals by different experts directed to (i) increasing the transparency of the SEP landscape and SEP licensing process, (ii) supporting licensing in the value chain, (iii) determining fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing terms and conditions, (iv) facilitating SEP licensing negotiations and the handling of SEP disputes and (v) encouraging the formation of patent pools. The group of experts was installed by the European Commission to deepen the expertise on existing and evolving industry practices related to the licensing of SEPs in the context of the digitalisation of the economy, the sound valuation of intellectual property and the assessment of FRAND licensing terms and conditions.

Keywords: Intellectual Property, Licensing, FRAND, Royalty Base and Rate, Standard Essential Patents, Valuation, Patent Pools, Value Chain, Internet of Things

JEL Classification: L15, L24, K21, O31, O34

Suggested Citation

Baron, Justus and Geradin, Damien and Granata, Sam and Heiden, Bowman and Heinebrodt, Martin and Hoffmann, Fabian and Kuźnicka-Cholewa, Aleksandra and Maghame, Taraneh and Magnusson, Monica and Padilla, Jorge and Peters, Ruud and Schneider, Matthias and Toffaletti, Sebastiano, Contribution to the Debate on SEPs (January 31, 2021). European Commission - Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs - Industrial policy: Standard Essential Patents 2021, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3778166

Justus Baron

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

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Damien Geradin

Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) ( email )

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Geradin Partners ( email )

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University of East Anglia (UEA) - Centre for Competition Policy ( email )

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University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

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Sam Granata

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Bowman Heiden

Center for Intellectual Property - Chalmers University of Technology, University of Gothenburg, and Norwegian University of Science and Technology ( email )

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Gothenburg, 40530
Sweden

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University of California, Berkeley - Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership ( email )

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Berkeley, CA 94720-5580
United States

Martin Heinebrodt

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Fabian Hoffmann (Contact Author)

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Aleksandra Kuźnicka-Cholewa

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Taraneh Maghame

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Monica Magnusson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jorge Padilla

Compass Lexecon ( email )

Paseo de la Castellana 7
Madrid, 28046
Spain

Ruud Peters

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Matthias Schneider

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Sebastiano Toffaletti

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