Licensing negotiations groups for SEPs : collusive technology buyers arrangements? : their pitfalls and reasonable alternatives
LES nouvelles, 2021, pp. 350-357
NIKOLIC, Igor, Licensing negotiations groups for SEPs : collusive technology buyers arrangements? : their pitfalls and reasonable alternatives, LES nouvelles, 2021, pp. 350-357 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/73846
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One of the experts within the European Commis- sion’s Standard Essential Patents (SEP) Expert Group proposed the formation of licensing negotiations groups (LNGs) by implementers to collectively negotiate with SEP owners and patent pools. Accordingly, LNGs could be used for a more efficient SEP licensing process, par- ticularly relevant in the Internet of Things (IoT) with increasingly new stakeholders entering the market. This article examines how LNGs could work in practice and raises concerns about LNGs turning into hidden buyers’ cartels creating an industry wide collective holdout. As a less restrictive alternative, this article explains how ex- isting patent pools and other similar licensing platforms that aggregate complementary SEPs and provide a one- stop shop for licensing already enable the efficiency and transaction costs savings in the IoT with no harmful anti-competitive effects. By gathering inputs from in- dividual implementers before the formation of royalty programs, some licensing platforms can ensure that implementers are consulted and participate in royalty formulations without the risk of collusive outcomes.
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