Welcome to the Essential Patent Blog!  This blog was started in response to increased interest surrounding standard-essential patents (SEPs) – particularly in patent infringement litigation.  Historically, most SEP issues were relegated to theoretical discussions in academic literature or conference presentations.  But that’s changing.  Many in industry, the media, the legal world – and even Congress and administrative agencies – have begun to pay more attention to SEP issues.  Several of the excellent patent-related blogs have had SEP posts, but there was no blog focused primarily on the myriad legal issues and disputes surrounding SEPs.  Our aim is to be that one-stop shop for all SEP legal matters.
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