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Anti-Suit Injunctions and Geopolitics in Transnational SEPs Litigation

Colangelo, Giuseppe; Torti, Valerio

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Giuseppe Colangelo



Abstract

Anti-suit injunctions have recently emerged as a phenomenon significantly affecting the dynamics of standard essential patent (SEP) litigation. The role played by these patents in the Internet of Things scenario and the willingness of national courts to set themselves up as global licensing tribunals have spurred a race to the courthouse, incentivising forum shopping and the adoption of countermeasures such as anti-antisuit injunctions and anti-anti-anti suit injunctions. The implications of these litigation strategies have become a matter of geopolitics, as countries fear that the intellectual property rights of their companies may be devalued by foreign courts to promote domestic economic interests. Against this backdrop, this paper aims to provide a comparative overview of SEP disputes in which these injunctions have been issued or claimed and to identify some policy recommendations to curb the frictions affecting SEP licensing.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 1, 2022
Online Publication Date Sep 1, 2022
Publication Date 2023-02
Deposit Date Feb 15, 2023
Publicly Available Date Feb 27, 2023
Journal European Journal of Legal Studies
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 2
Pages 45-84
DOI https://doi.org/10.2924/EJLS.2022.019
Keywords standard essential patents; litigation; FRAND licensing; anti- suit injunctions
Publisher URL https://ejls.eui.eu/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2022/08/Colangelo-and-Torti-EJLS-Online-First.pdf

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