October 29, 2021 – Washington, DC – The following statement from Save Our Standards is in response to today’s speeches by Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Ms. Jennifer Dixton with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announcing a new direction for the Biden Administration regarding the treatment of standard-essential patents:
Save Our Standards welcomes today’s announcements by Commissioner Slaughter and Ms. Dixton signaling a need for a shift in the administration’s treatment of standard-essential patents. In particular we support their assertions that exclusion remedies should not be sought against willing licensees, and that enforcement measures should focus on harm to SMEs and end users. This is a significant step forward in the struggle to end abusive practices in the licensing of these critical patents. We thank the Commission and DOJ for their leadership and look forward to working with the administration to enforce fair and reasonable licensing terms for SEPs.
About Save Our Standards
Save Our Standards is a broad-based coalition of innovators, associations, academics, and consumer groups dedicated to reinforcing the FRAND licensing commitment and its important role in technical standards to enable competition and innovation that directly benefits consumers. We work to educate decision-makers and stakeholders on policies that allow all innovators to thrive through pro-competitive practices and the reinforcement of fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing terms for standard-essential patents. To learn more, visit www.saveourstandards.com.