• The Impact of Recent Decisions Regarding Patent Hold-Up on the Future of Standards-Setting Activities
  • January 30, 2017 | Authors: Sandra J. Badin; Michael T. Renaud
  • Law Firm: Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. - Boston Office
  • Earlier this year, Qualcomm and InterDigital, two major contributors to the development of wireless telecommunications standards, announced they would not be making licensing commitments under the new patent policy introduced by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Among other changes, the IEEE’s new patent policy makes it much more difficult — and in some cases impossible — for patent owners who have contributed their patented technology to the development of an IEEE standard to seek an injunction or other “prohibitive order” against the implementers of that standard who are using their patented technology without a license. A few weeks after Qualcomm and InterDigital’s announcement, Ericsson and Nokia followed suit.