Research report 2015 - Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Standard essential patents: The role of standard setting organizations

Conde Gallego, Beatriz; Drexl, Josef; Harhoff, Dietmar
Immaterialgüter- und Wettbewerbsrecht
During the last years standard essential patents (SEPs) have been subject to intensive litigation worldwide. Apart from their significant economic harm, patent wars, especially in the information and telecommunication sector, have a negative impact on innovation. As key players in the standard setting context, standard setting organizations (SSOs) can contribute considerably to solve SEP-related problems. The Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition explores in the framework of an interdisciplinary project how the legal framework for a self-regulation by SSOs should be designed.

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