DOJ Antitrust Chief Wants To Take Thumb Off Patent Scales

Law360 (May 8, 2019, 7:40 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust chief argued again that lawmakers never meant for competition law to hinder the ability of patent holders of industry-essential technology to demand fair compensation from licensees, and said Wednesday that he's looking for a case to enshrine that view into law. 

DOJ Antitrust Division chief Makan Delrahim, a patent lawyer, has long argued that owners of so-called standard-essential patents generally don't run afoul of competition law simply by charging high licensing rates — while SEP holders anchor their technology as industrial building blocks to make technologies compatible on promises to license the patents out on...

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