Acer is not alone: licensing negotiation groups draw ever more criticism from academics, practitioners, and patent holders

At the start of this year, Nokia v. Daimler was the most significant automotive standard-essential patent (SEP) dispute. Summer had barely started when that one settled out. Now that the year 2021 is drawing to a close, Acer v. Volkswagen is the most “inspiring” automotive patent spat, at least judging by the traffic the post I just linked to got (though Sisvel v. Ford is a not-exceedingly-distant second).Acer’s complaint mentions the proposal of licensing negotiation groups (LNGs) as a pillar of Volkswagen’s alleged hold-out tactics vis-à-vis the Avanci pool. It is the latest criticism of the LNG idea. In recent…

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