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When defending against standard-essential patents, beware of standard-essential utility models

2 monthes ago   |   By FOSS Patents

While "standard-essential patents" is one of the most common terms in the tech sector, it would sometimes be more accurate and inclusive to refer to "standard-essential intellectual property rights". That collective term would include both SEPs and SEUMs: standard-essential utility models. Utility models are a German specialty, basically a second-class type of patent with a shorter term but instant registration. This blog covered a utility model case years ago when Apple asserted a slide-to-unlock utility model against Samsung in Germany ; that case got stayed over validity concerns and...
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