25 Jun 2018 | B&B in the Media

Dr Martin Schaefer and Prof Christian Czychowski take a wider view of patent law: “Who decides what FRAND is?” (GRUR 6/2018)

The close collaboration between patent lawyers and solicitors at BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT also makes it possible for the two copyright specialists Dr. Martin Schaefer and Prof. Dr. Christian Czychowski to make a critical assessment of the one of the currently most difficult questions in patent and competition law from the perspective of copyright. After all, in copyright, there has long been a situation of licensing for mass use similar to that which has now moved into focus in patent law as regards standard essential patents: “Who decides what FRAND is”? How can standard essential patents be licensed and what are the so-called fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms?

The article presents thoughts on how mechanisms of collective management of copyright could be applied to solve this problem in patent law (GRUR 2018, edition 6, p582 et seq)

For GRUR subscribers the article can be accessed here.