Cisco Ruling A Road Map For What Makes A Patent Essential
By Ryan Davis
Law360, New York (July 31, 2013, 8:48 PM ET) -- A ruling Friday that patents asserted against Cisco Systems Inc. and others are essential to wireless network standards marks the first time a judge has determined what makes a patent standard-essential and provides guidance on how the thorny issue will be resolved in future cases, attorneys say.
Innovatio IP Ventures LLC argued that many of the patents weren't essential to industry standards and therefore didn't need to be licensed on fair terms. But U.S. District Judge James Holderman sided with Cisco, ruling the patents were essential because...