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Title: International Jurisdiction over Standard-Essential Patents

Author(s): Henrik Horn

Publication Date: January 2020

Keyword(s): Default rules, international jurisdiction and Standard-essential patents

Programme Area(s): Industrial Organization and International Trade and Regional Economics

Abstract: A sizeable literature analyzes the appropriate interpretation of FRAND commitments for standard-essential patents. With few exceptions, the literature disregards international dimensions, despite the fact that most standards are used in international markets. This paper uses a simple economic setting to assess pros and cons of the main jurisdictional bases in international law‚?? the Territoriality and Nationality Principles‚??when national regulatory authorities have conflicting preferences regarding the interpretation of FRAND commitments. The paper identifies situations where the bases can implement efficient outcomes, and where they fail. The paper also shows how non-discrimination obligations might improve upon the outcomes.

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Horn, H. 2020. 'International Jurisdiction over Standard-Essential Patents'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.