Truly standard-essential patents? A semantics-based analysis

Lorenz Brachtendorf, Fabian Gaessler, Dietmar Harhoff

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Standard-essential patents (SEPs) have become a key element of technical coordination via standard-setting organizations. Yet, in many cases, it remains unclear whether a declared SEP is truly standard-essential. To date, there is no automated procedure that allows for a scalable and objective assessment of SEP status. This paper introduces a semantics-based method for approximating the standard essentiality of patents. We provide details on the procedure that generates the measure of standard essentiality and present the results of several validation and robustness exercises. We illustrate the measure's usefulness in estimating the share of true SEPs in firm patent portfolios for several telecommunication standards.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-157
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Economics and Management Strategy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023
Externally publishedYes


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