In order to prevent patent-licensing problems, standard-setting organizations (SSOs) have created fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms to ensure that standard-essential patent (SEP) owners will get patent benefits without unfair bargaining. Earlier this year, as patent holders are generally free to charge the users of their patents, the developers of technical standards have agreed to license the former’s SEPs to manufacturers of standardized products at royalty rates that are fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory.
However, as FRAND commitment arises as a contractual obligation, determining the appropriate FRAND royalty rate for an SEP has become a challenging task. Although courts, policymakers, academics, and SSOs have been attempting to affirm the concept of FRAND and the determination of a FRAND royalty, there has been no general set of common principles that have been agreed upon. Thus, creating a more complex industry for SEP owners and businesses.
In this LIVE Webcast, intellectual property (IP) professionals, Matthew Lynde (Cornerstone Research) and Mario Lopez (Charles River Associates) will provide the audience with an in-depth analysis of the fundamentals as well as recent developments in determining FRAND royalties for SEPs. As experts, they will also present important issues surrounding this significant topic including the recent FRAND court rulings and the best practices along with significant outlooks on what to expect in this rapidly evolving legal climate.
Key topics include:
- FRAND Royalties – What You Need To Know
- Recent Trends and Developments
- Challenges in Determining FRAND Royalties
- Recent Notable Cases
- Best Practices
- What Lies Ahead