Orange-Book-Standard (Az. KZR 39/06) is a decision issued on May 6, 2009 by the Federal Court of Justice of Germany (German: Bundesgerichtshof, BGH) on the interaction between patent law and standards, and more generally between intellectual property law and competition law. The Court held that a defendant, accused of patent infringement and who was not able to obtain a license from the patentee, may defend himself, under certain conditions, by invoking an abuse of a dominant market position.[1]

The name "Orange-Book-Standard" comes from the Orange Book that contained the format specifications for CD-Rs, the technology at issue in the case that led to the Orange-Book-Standard decision.[2]

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  1. Joseph Straus, "Patent Application: Obstacle for Innovation and Abuse of Dominant Position under Article 102 TFEU?", Journal of European Competition Law & Practice (2010) 1 (3): 189-201, footnote 71.
  2. Mark Schweizer, "Dutch see Orange Book differently; Philips prevails again", IPKat, March 18, 2010.

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