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What Are Standard Essential Patents and Why Do I Need to Know About Them?

What Are Standard Essential Patents and Why Do I Need to Know About Them?

When you woke up this morning, you probably unplugged your cell phone from its charger, looked at it, and saw a Wi-Fi icon at the top. Maybe over breakfast, you watched a couple of clips from the news. Just like that, without even thinking about it, you have used multiple technologies covered by standards, and those everyday actions implicated hundreds of standard essential patents, or SEPs. Broadly speaking, a standard is a document or a technology that is defined by a standards body in a standard-setting process. Standards are often the result of many meetings over many years by industry representatives who work together to come to a consensus on a new technology. Of course, these companies also work separately to develop their own technologies, but the goal of working on a standard together is interoperability. Some commonly-known standards are USB, LTE, Wi-Fi, and others. Standards are developed to make… Continue Reading

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