ITU to Discuss Standards Essential Patent Litigation
The International Telecommunications Union has decided to convene over the industry's use of patent litigation to block sales of cell phones. The ITU has planned a gathering for Otober 10 that will include government officials, standards bodies, and key industry companies. The ITU wants to address the "surge in patent litigation and the growing lack of adherence to standards bodies’ existing patent policies." Chief among the ITU's concerns is the use of standards essentials patents for litigation and the current arrangements based around fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) patent policies. The ITU says the number of patent disputes in the cell phone industry is "unwelcome" and wants to prevent companies from blocking competitors' products based on patent-related complaints.
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