Law360 (October 31, 2019, 12:47 PM EDT) -- Standards are critical to promoting interoperability, manufacturing efficiencies and the full realization of technological innovation. Whenever major technological advances occur that require interoperability among equipment and service providers, a heightened tension exists between standards and patent rights.
The rollout of standards-based 5G wireless technologies highlights this tension. The huge economic potential and game-changing nature of 5G wireless capabilities, which impact many industries such as communications, home automation, automotive, medical devices and the like has dramatically increased the complexity of managing the tension between standards and patents, which has resulted in unsettled and rapidly evolving standard-essential patent case law.
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