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Biden’s DOJ Pulls Trump Policy on Standard-Setting Tech Patents

June 8, 2022, 9:01 PM

The Biden administration said Wednesday it’s withdrawing a 2019 Trump-era policy on patents that underlie industry standards.

The withdrawal represents the second time the U.S. has changed course in the past decade on standard-setting patents, primarily in connection with the telecommunications industry, which allow devices to talk to each other.

Legal debates over how to value the foundational technology and what powers patent owners can employ have been waged around the world for more than a decade, particularly with advances in telecommunications.

The debate often pits companies such as Qualcomm Inc., Nokia Oyj and Ericsson -- whose large patent ...