Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (DE) - Deputy Director General
All Sessions by Johannes Christian Wichard
Tue, May 19, 2020
Supply Chain Licensing
16:30 - 18:00
When Standard Essential Patents ("SEPS") are licensed to participants in a supply chain, a basic question is whether the respective patentee is obliged to grant a license under FRAND conditions to each and any "willing licensee" along the supply chain. If so, a further question is whether the patentee is entitled to apply different royalty rates to licensees at different levels of the supply chain. Another question of importance is whether principles of patent exhaustion would still allow the patentee/licensor to impose restrictions on the FRAND licensee with regard to sources of supply ("upstream") and/or customers ("downstream"). In discussing these questions, the panel will also consider current considerations on possible changes of patent law, particularly in relation to the proportionality of injunctive relief under equity considerations.
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