How the Trump administration views the relationship between IP and antitrust promises to have far reaching consequences for patent owners in the US and beyond. There’s no doubt that the nexus between the two areas has become a far bigger point of contention in recent years as regulators around the world have clamped down on the practices of some owners of standard essential patents (SEPs). Qualcomm has become the preferred target of several competition watchdogs racking up fines for its licensing practices in several Asian countries including last month from authorities in Taiwan.

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