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U.K. Supreme Court Permits SEP Holders to Require Worldwide FRAND Licenses

On August 26, 2020, the U.K. Supreme Court—the U.K.’s highest court—issued its highly anticipated decision in Unwired Planet International v. Huawei involving the “Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory” (“FRAND”) licensing of standard essential patents (“SEPs”) in the telecommunications space. The decision in several consolidated cases rejected all appeals from Huawei and ZTE and affirmed the decisions from the London High Court (Justice Birss) and Court of Appeals. The Court concluded that owners of patents essential to ETSI’s telecommunications standards (including 2G, 3G, and 4G (LTE)) can demand that an implementer practicing a U.K. SEP take a license on FRAND terms to all of the patent owner’s worldwide telecommunications SEPs, and can obtain an injunction should the implementer refuse. This decision has significant implications for FRAND licensing, assertion of SEPs, and antitrust issues both in the telecommunications context and more broadly.

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Changes in EPO Divisional Deadlines – Fees Announced


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Following its previous announcement to repeal the 24-month limit on filing divisional applications, on December 13, 2013 the European Patent Office (EPO) announced an updated schedule of fees for filing European patent applications, on or after April 1, 2014. The attached table summarizes the total filing fees for applications filed electronically after that date. As indicated, an increasingly higher fee is applied to subsequent divisional applications filed after a 1st generation divisional application.

Application Type

Filing Fee (Euro)

European Patent application

120

1st generation divisional application

120

generation divisional application

330

3rd generation divisional application

540

4th generation divisional application

750

5th and subsequent generation divisional application

960

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