What You Should Know About US Standard-Essential Patents

Law360, New York (September 25, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT) -- Standards set a uniform design which permits interoperability and the creation of many different products using a common form. The importance of standards in the U.S. was evidenced over 100 years ago in the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904.

The fire raged for two days and burned more than 1,500 buildings. Over 1,000 firefighters from the Mid-Atlantic region were engaged in bringing the fire under control. Horse-drawn trucks from communities between Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia came to the aid of Baltimore, to no avail. The problem...
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