LAW AND ECONOMY : ANTICOMPETITIVE PRACTICES – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY - STANDARDS - ROYALTY-STACKING - FRAND - COMMITMENTS

Anticompetitive practices and intellectual property: Standardization, patents and frand

The setting of standards through standard-setting organisations gives rise to two main kinds of problems: royalty-stacking, due to the complementarity of the IPRs involved and hold-up. FRAND commitments are meant to deal with the second issue only. DG Competition is currently investigating alleged abuses in the licensing of standard essential patents that are subject to FRAND commitments. This short note attempts to disentangle and critically appraise the various aspects of these investigations.

Ententes et droits de propriété intellectuelle : Accords transactionnels, standardisation Standards, Brevets Essentiels et Frand Pierre REGIBEAU [1] Vice President, Charles River Associate and Visiting Research Fellow, IP Centre, Imperial College 1. La relation entre les activités qui visent à assurer l’émergence de standards facilitant l’interopérabilité entre des produits élaborés par des entités indépendantes et la politique de la concurrence est à l’ordre du jour. Dans la foulée des cas Rambus et Qualcomm, la DG Concurrence a en effet révisé de façon substantielle la partie des Horizontal Guidelines consacrée aux organismes de standardisation. La DG Concurrence y note l’équilibre délicat entre les bénéfices sociaux indéniables de l’interopérabilité des produits et le fait qu’en tant que collaboration

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Jacques-Philippe Gunther, David Tayar, Pierre Régibeau, Anticompetitive practices and intellectual property: Standardization, patents and frand, September 2012, Concurrences Review N° 3-2012, Art. N° 48148, www.concurrences.com

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