Thursday, April 20, 2017

Litigation of Standards-Essential Patents in Europe: A Comparative Analysis

Jorge L. Contreras, University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law, Fabian Gaessler, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition , Christian Helmers, Santa Clara University - Leavey School of Business; Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Brian J. Love, Santa Clara University School of Law offer Litigation of Standards-Essential Patents in Europe: A Comparative Analysis.

ABSTRACT: Despite the significance of patent litigation in the EU and the looming structural overhaul of the European patent litigation system, there has been comparatively little empirical or statistical analysis of European patent cases across member states. This absence has largely been due to the lack of harmonized case-level data across European jurisdictions. Over the past few years, however, researchers in Europe have developed patent litigation databases that have enabled robust quantitative analysis. As a result, comparative empirical studies have recently been published concerning European patent litigation overall, as well as litigation by so-called non-practicing entities (NPEs). The present study extends this work to the important area of litigation relating to standards-essential patents (SEPs) in the EU. We find that that the assertion of SEPs has occurring in Europe at significant levels, and that PAEs are playing a large role in this activity.

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