Essential or not? A European commission’s working group sets the track for an increased transparency on patent essentiality for smoother and timelier SEP license negotiations

Out of the approximately 300,000 patents declared to ETSI as potentially "essential" to a standard, how many are actually essential?

27 May 2021

What is Europe doing about anti-suit injunctions issued by Chinese courts?

On 7 April the European Parliament submitted two questions to the European Commission relating to anti-suit injunctions (“ASIs”) issued by Chinese courts in cases involving standard essential patents (“SEPs”). They read as follows:

12 May 2021

English Court of Appeal dismisses ‘free-standing’ FRAND declaration claim

In an appeal decision issued on 26 March 2021 the Court of Appeal has confirmed a first instance judgment, for differing reasons, that the English Courts had no jurisdiction to hear Vestel’s claim for a FRAND declaration because the claim for the declaration ...

26 March 2021

Submarines, donkeys and French hostages

Richard Vary explains why Wuhan has become a destination jurisdiction of anti-suit injunctions and looks at the challenges that implementers face.

04 March 2021

Arbitration of FRAND Disputes in SEP Licensing

High-technology products today usually contain standardised technology. Cellular wireless connectivity is one example: standards include the fourth-generation ‘LTE’ standard or the third-generation ‘UMTS’ standard.

02 March 2021