Andrew Mercado is currently working as a research assistant at the Mercatus Center and as an adjunct professor and a research assistant at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. He graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor’s degree in 2019 and a Master’s degree in 2020, both in Economics. His research and career interests include antitrust policy and the intersection of law and economics.
In a recent surprise decision, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology officially withdrew their 2019 Policy Statement on Remedies for Standards-Essential Patents Subject to Voluntary F/RAND Commitments and declined to advance an alternative policy statement as a replacement. While the withdrawal of the 2019 policy statement was seen as a foregone conclusion (given the far more SEP-restrictive nature of a December 2021 draft policy statement (DPS) circulated by the agencies), moving forward without any guidance was not on anyone’s DOJ policy bingo card for 2022. The slim guidance that this withdrawal announcement does provide, however, paints a murky picture for the ability of SEP holders to obtain injunctive relief.