Topic: FRAND

DOJ appears to walk back Delrahim’s IEEE business review letter

The Department of Justice’s antitrust division has side-lined a controversial conduct review letter that the Trump administration issued to a standard-setting organisation, in a sign that the agency might be willing to adjust its approach to intellectual property issues.

15 April 2021

IEEE reviews patent policies as SEP-holders challenge accreditation

A standard-setting organisation has said it is reviewing patent policy changes that the Department of Justice’s antitrust division asked it to reconsider last year.

05 March 2021

Facebook and Google diverge on Australian news law

Facebook has blocked its Australian users from sharing or viewing news content in response to the country’s proposed pay-for-news law, on the same day that Google came to a compensation agreement with media conglomerate News Corp.

18 February 2021

Baer expects “more responsible” approach to SEP holders during Biden administration

A former chief of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said he expects enforcers at both US agencies during the Biden administration to take “a more responsible, balanced position toward bad behaviour by those who hold standard-essential patents”.

25 January 2021

German court refers Nokia/Daimler patent dispute to ECJ

A German court has referred multiple questions on the application of EU abuse of dominance rules in Nokia’s high-profile patent dispute with Daimler to the European Court of Justice.

27 November 2020

China updates IPR competition regulations

China’s competition watchdog has published updated regulations that prohibit the abuse of intellectual property rights to exclude or restrict competition, with the new rules now applying to both price and non-price conduct.

06 November 2020

Avanci and SEP-holders secure dismissal of Continental's FRAND suit

Continental Automotive Systems has failed to adequately allege that a group of standard-essential patent holders and their licensing agent violated federal antitrust law by refusing to license certain technology on fair terms, a Texas federal court has ruled.

14 September 2020

DOJ encourages IEEE to consider policy change

The Department of Justice’s antitrust division has encouraged a standard-setting organisation to consider changing its policies to make it easier for patent holders to pursue injunctive relief against unwilling licensees.

11 September 2020

UK Supreme Court hands Unwired Planet major win in FRAND dispute

The UK’s highest court has confirmed that Unwired Planet did not abuse its dominance when it sought an injunction against Huawei’s use of its standard-essential patents.

26 August 2020

German court declines to refer FRAND dispute to ECJ

A German court has dismissed a Federal Cartel Office request to ask the European Court of Justice for a preliminary ruling on abuse of dominance in a patent law context, instead ruling that Daimler infringed Nokia’s mobile phone patent.

19 August 2020

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