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Monday, July 7, 2008

Patent Continuations, Patent Deception, and Standard Setting: The Rambus and Broadcom Decisions

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Herberthovenkampphp Herb Hovenkamp of the University of Iowa Law School writes on Patent Continuations, Patent Deception, and Standard Setting: The Rambus and Broadcom Decisions in his latest working paper.

ABSTRACT: This paper explores the implications of two recent Federal Circuit Court decisions involving patent holdup in the standard setting process. While the Rambus decision can be defended as a matter of antitrust policy, it exposes serious deficiencies in the patent continuation process that can legally permit anticompetitive holdup to occur. Broadcom, by contrast, is arguably not about antitrust policy at all, but rather the law of contract or equitable estoppel.

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