Comments on the DOJ, USPTO and NIST 2021 Draft Policy Statement on Licensing Negotiations and Remedies for Standard-Essential Patents Subject to F/RAND Commitments

15 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2022

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Igor Nikolic

European University Institute

Date Written: February 4, 2022

Abstract

Comments to the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (DOJ), United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Draft Policy Statement on Licensing Negotiations and Remedies for Standard-Essential Patents Subject to F/RAND Commitments 2021.

I base my comments on the European experience with SEP litigation and remedies. In particular, the paper:

1) provides general comments on the importance of injunctions in ensuring good-faith licensing negotiations by both parties, thus avoiding hold-up and hold-out;

2) explains how willing licensees in the US are already protected from injunctions and potential hold-up strategies by SEP owners under the eBay framework;

3) highlights the dangers of hold-out strategies by standard implementers by explaining:
3.1 why only monetary damages are not an adequate remedy against unwilling licensees for the infringement of SEPs,
3.2. the lessons learnt from the European case-law regarding SEPs and the need for clear guidance on the conduct that could be considered a sign of unwillingness to license;

4) briefly discuss the role of US antitrust law regarding injunctions for the infringement of SEPs.

Keywords: standard essential patents; FRAND; licensing; SEP; standardisation; hold-up; hold-out; injunction

JEL Classification: K21, K10, K11, K41

Suggested Citation

Nikolic, Igor, Comments on the DOJ, USPTO and NIST 2021 Draft Policy Statement on Licensing Negotiations and Remedies for Standard-Essential Patents Subject to F/RAND Commitments (February 4, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4028025 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4028025

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