Mapping Standards to Patents using Databases of Declared Standard-Essential Patents and Systems of Technological Classification
Justus Baron, Northwestern University, and Tim Pohlmann, Mines ParisTech an d Technische Universitat Berlin
This paper describes a new database of declared Standard-Essential Patents (SEPs), discusses methods for matching declared SEPs with technology standards, and presents empirical evidence on technology standards subject to declared SEPs. While there is a growing body of empirical research using data on declared SEPs, this research has so far focused on the declared patents, and neglected the implications of SEP declarations for specific standards. Furthermore, we present a new methodology for matching standards with technology classes, using the classification of declared SEPs. This method allows identifying standard-related patents that have not been declared as essential, and provides a measure of standard-related patenting. The paper discusses opportunities for new empirical research using databases of declared SEPs and data on patenting in standard-related technology classes.