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Out of court

By Jacob Schindler

Government bodies in Asia and beyond say that alternative dispute resolution is underutilised in disputes over fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory licences. However, parties on both sides argue that it is far from a cure-all

High-profile patent disputes over different generations of wireless technologies are still playing out in litigation taking place across the globe, from California to London, and Beijing to Delhi. However, at the same time there is a lot of concern about the step up to 5G technologies and the possibility of efficient connectivity for just about any product. In boardrooms, at patent offices and within competition authorities, decision makers want to know what the next generation of licensing will look like. Some worry that with both the number of standard-essential patents (SEPs) and the number of implementers on the rise, the cost of negotiating licences and settling disputes could increase significantly.

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