DOJ/FTC workshop explores the impact of patent assertion entity activities

The U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (the Division), and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) (collectively, the agencies), released a joint policy statement on 8 January 2013 regarding appropriate remedies in cases involving standard-essential patents (SEPs).1 The stated intent of the joint policy statement was to provide the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) with the agencies’ joint views on whether the ITC should use its powers to grant injunctive or exclusionary relief under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in ITC cases involving patents encumbered by FRAND or RAND commitments.

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