That’s What FRANDs Are For: The Tipline for 11 September 2020

Assistant attorney general Makan Delrahim names all his speeches after songs, but the Department of Justice used a press release on Thursday to announce a significant update to the agency’s stance on policies from a major standard-setting organisation. With this, Delrahim missed an opportunity to pick a tune showing his affinity for standard-essential patent holders. Antitrust scholars are still debating whether Dionne Warwick was thinking about patent holdup or holdout when performing her 1985 hit cover of “That’s What Friends Are For”.


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