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The US DoJ quietly walks back prior administrative-era support of standard essential patent holders over standard-setting organizations and patent licensees

The Department of Justice's Antitrust Division has taken a first step in changing its view of IP rights, particularly where Standard Essential Patents ("SEPs") are at issue. Under the Trump Administration, the Division's policy swung in favor of SEP innovators over standard-setting organizations and implementers/patent licensees. It now seems that the Division's policy may be swinging back. In 2015, the Division issued a Business Review Letter ("BRL") approving a standard-setting policy that made it difficult for SEP holders to seek injunctions and limited SEP holders' flexibility in royalty negotiations with licensees. The Division's position changed abruptly in 2020, when it issued an "extraordinary" supplement to the 2015 BRL, purportedly clarifying that the Division did not

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Jaclyn Phillips, Abdul Hafiz, Trina Shek Rizzo, Kathryn Jordan Mims, The US DoJ quietly walks back prior administrative-era support of standard essential patent holders over standard-setting organizations and patent licensees, 29 September 2021, e-Competitions September 2021, Art. N° 104262

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