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Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) are patents that cover adopted standards in a particular industry. The standards themselves may be de facto (i.e., adopted by a particular industry without any deliberative process or other agreement or coordination, de jure (i.e., imposed by statute or regulation), or adopted by consensus of industry participants acting as voluntary members of a standard setting organization (SSO). In recent years, SEPs have become featured players in high profile and high stakes litigation, particularly in the telecommunications industry.  .

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