European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO) published a position paper which provides input to the European Commission’s discussions on the licensing of standard essential patents. Among the main concerns, EARTO lists the following:
- There is no focus on the European innovation ecosystem and protecting European knowledge-based economy and interests,
- Applying the concept of “licence for all” would considerably disturb the existing value-chain and would risk lowering the prices of licences for SEPs
- The global weakening of the IP system that this Communication would induce would considerably endanger innovation processes
- The perceived problematic interactions between patents and standards are overestimated
The full position paper is available here.