Patent ambush is when an organization uses information gained in a shared initiative to further its patent portfolio. The term is often applied to participants in standards setting initiatives. Participants may use information about an upcoming standard to apply for patents that are necessary to the standard. Alternatively, they may suggest approaches that would cause the standard to rely on their existing or in-process patents.
Legal ConsiderationsIt is common for standards organizations to develop agreements to prevent patent ambush. In some circumstances, patent ambush can be considered a breach of competition law.
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