Séminaire du 21 novembre 2016

Axel Gautier (Université de Liège) viendra présenter une communication intitulée « SSPPU (Smallest Salable Patent Pricing Unit): Why $1 is not $1? » (coécrite avec N. Petit) au CRED le lundi 21 novembre 2016 de 10h30 à 12h en salle des séminaires, 21 rue valette. (Cliquez sur "read more" pour voir le résumé de la communication)

Abstract. The Smallest Salable Patent Pricing Unit (SSPPU) is a new pricing formula recently introduced by Standard Setting Organizations (SSO). Accordingly, the technology price charged for technology should reflect the value added to the smallest component embodying the patented invention. In this paper, we shall argue that the SSPPU creates de facto a price cap for the technology. The combination of the price cap and the fact that the licensing basis is the cost of the technology leads to a cap in the total payment paid by tech users for implementing technologies. This potentially creates an appropriability problem especially if technologies are creating externalities.