FTC v. Qualcomm: Court Requires Licensing of Standard Essential Patents to Competitors

Joe Raffetto and Daniel Graulich helped author an IPWatchdog article titled "FTC v. Qualcomm: Court Requires Licensing of Standard Essential Patents to Competitors."

This article discusses the impact of a recent decision by Judge Koh in the Northern District of California on FTC v. Qualcomm Inc., No. 5:17-cv-00220 on the requirements for holders of standard-essential patents (SEPs) licensing under fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory (FRAND) terms. The decision casts doubt on the practice by some holders of standard-essential patents of refusing to provide patent licenses to their direct competitors and instead only offering licenses to downstream purchasers of their products.

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