Competition Law & FRAND

The interplay between IP and competition law is a complex and challenging issue, often arising in the context of settlement agreements, FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) disputes and IP licensing matters.

Our experience in this complicated area is second to none. We routinely advise clients in relation to the competition law issues that can arise in IP / FRAND licensing disputes and have been involved in some of the highest profile cases dealing with the intersection of IP and competition law. In relation to FRAND licensing, for example, we have acted in many of the leading cases, including the seminal Unwired Planet v Huawei litigation, which went up to the UK Supreme Court.

We also have significant experience in considering the competition law pitfalls that can arise in the context of settlement agreements, and are adept at providing pragmatic and commercial advice on these issues.

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Advisory Examples

  • Assisting both SEP owners and implementers in FRAND licensing negotiations, including in the telecommunications, IoT and automotive industries
  • Advising clients in a variety of sectors on competition law defences to patent infringement claims
  • Advising clients on the terms of negotiated settlements, including in relation to the potential competition law issues that can arise