Discussion paper

DP14297 International Jurisdiction over Standard-Essential Patents

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.


Horn, H (2022), ‘DP14297 International Jurisdiction over Standard-Essential Patents‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 14297. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp14297