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One year on and the IEEE’s controversial patent policy changes continue to divide technology companies

In some ways, not much has changed since the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association’s (IEEE SA) new patent policy came into effect in March last year. A group of tech companies – led by Qualcomm, Ericsson and Nokia – are still refusing to license their standard-essential patents (SEPs) under the new rules; while, on the other side, the IEEE and another larger band of tech companies – including Cisco and Intel – insist that the changes were vital in bringing clearer guidelines to licensing on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.

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