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Double standards

By Richard Lloyd

The IEEE’s new patent policy was meant to bring clarity to licensing negotiations over standard-essential patents. But with a group of companies insisting that they will not license under the new terms, they have instead brought division and accusations of a biased process

In the current climate it can be easy to miss, but close collaboration has been integral to the central role of intellectual property in the development of new technology. The fact that your smartphone can move seamlessly from Wi-Fi router to Wi-Fi router, downloading at speeds that were once hard to imagine, is a triumph of the patent pact that underpins so many new inventions coming onto the market.

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