DOJ's Hesse Warns Of Antitrust Pitfalls In SEP Licensing

Law360, New York (February 8, 2013, 8:42 PM EST) -- Companies that agree to license their patents on fair and reasonable terms during the standard setting process and then refuse to live up to that promise may run afoul of federal antitrust law banning monopolization, a U.S. Department of Justice official suggested Friday.

So far only the Federal Trade Commission has targeted companies accused of taking unfair advantage of their standard essential patents by seeking to block rivals' products from the market, and the agency has used its authority to target unfair competition to do so....
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