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Gallego, Beatriz Conde and Drexl, Josef (2019): IoT Connectivity Standards: How Adaptive is the Current SEP Regulatory Framework? In: Iic-International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Vol. 50, No. 1: pp. 135-156

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The Internet of Things is advancing as a new technological paradigm with enormous economic and societal implications. Network connectivity provides the basis. With this in mind, past and current conflicts surrounding the licensing and enforcement of standard essential patents (SEPs) in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector cast a shadow over IoT development. Focusing on the European approach based on competition law, this article explores the extent to which the existing legal framework, which has been mainly developed against the backdrop of problems in the mobile industry, will be capable of responding adequately to the challenges raised by the IoT.

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