Tag: Intellectual property

Revisiting the Bizarre SEP Level of Licensing Antitrust Controversy

In a brief paper, authors Jorge Padilla and Pekka Sääskilahti of Compass Lexecon explain why this licensing practice is optimal from a social welfare perspective. They show that there is no basis as a matter of economics to conclude that the practice of licensing SEPs at the end-product level only could distort the competitive process to the ultimate detriment of consumers.

Balancing Incentives to Innovate in Upstream Wireless Technology Markets with Exit Concerns in Midstream Component Markets

Expert economist Jorge Padilla (Compass Lexecon) and Koren W. Wong-Ervin (Axinn) consider the merits of recent complaints about the common practice in technology industries of licensing patents to manufacturers of consumer devices (as opposed to midstream component manufacturers), and of calculating compensation by using the entire value of an end device as the royalty base.