European-Flag1We generally focus on U.S.-specific standard-essential patent issues here at the Essential Patent Blog, but often there are some international developments that are worth noting.  Today brings us one of those, as the European Commission announced that it has sent a Statement of Objections to Motorola Mobility as part of its investigation into Motorola’s potential


While much of the attention over standard-essential patent litigation focuses on disputes taking place in the United States, the U.S. is not the only venue seeing these showdowns.  SEP-related issues have also arisen in Australia, in Korea, and in Europe (both in the courts and in European Commission investigations).  The courts in Germany — which has recently become a hotbed for patent litigation — have developed a unique procedure for dealing with the assertion of standard essential patents.  Named for a 2009 decision by the Federal Supreme Court of Germany, this is commonly known as the “Orange Book” defense or procedure (or sometimes as the dolo agit or good faith defense).  In this post, we aim to provide a background of this case and some examples of cases where the Orange Book defense has been invoked.

Continue Reading A RANDom glance abroad: German Patent Courts and the “Orange Book” defense