The auto industry is one of the first sectors outside of the smartphone world to heavily rely on connectivity standards such as 4G and soon 5G, 802.11p (WAVE), Bluetooth, video compression (e.g. VVC), or the wireless charging Qi standard. All listed standards are subject to thousands of so-called standard essential patents (SEPs) that any implementer will have to use. While first patent pools have started to set up licensing programs for e.g. 2G, 3G, and 4G SEPs, many companies in the automotive supply chain still have no access to SEPs, which creates legal risks and uncertainty. Moreover, many of the automotive industry companies that adopt standards subject to SEPs, have little experience with negotiating a SEP license and limited information about the SEP ownership situation. Understanding the overall SEP landscape is however critical for the smooth adoption of connectivity standards, maintaining profitability, and protecting the capacity to sell new products, components, systems, or whole vehicles with enough access to third-party patent rights.
In this webinar, we will discuss the role of SEPs for the auto industry, provide an overview of the landscape of declared SEPs, pooled SEPs as well as discuss standards development initiatives that are relevant or will become relevant for the automotive sector.