Working Paper No. 1314

International Jurisdiction over Standard-Essential Patents

Published: January 7, 2020Pages: 47Keywords: Standard-essential patents; International jurisdiction; Default rulesJEL-codes: F15; K21; K33; L40; O38

International Jurisdiction over Standard-Essential Patents Henrik Horn


Standards often require the use of patented technologies. Holders of standard-essential patents (SEPs) typically commit to make their patents available on "fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory" (FRAND) terms. National competition authorities increasingly intervene against perceived FRAND violations. But which competition authority should regulate SEPs that affect more than one country?

The paper uses a very simple economic framework to assess the impact of three main legal bases for allocating jurisdiction: territoriality, nationality, and cross-border e¤ects. The findings are negative: neither base will implement a jointly efficient outcome, and the relative performance of the bases depends on the particular circumstances at hand.


Reference:

Horn, Henrik (2020), "International Jurisdiction over Standard-Essential Patents". IFN Working Paper No. 1314. Stockholm: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN).

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