A robust IP protection and enforcement framework is the foundation of the EU digital innovation ecosystem. To continue investing in R&D, wireless technology developers must earn a fair return on their investments. This would not be possible without effective IP protection, which also enables collaboration and technology-sharing.
European innovators voluntarily contribute their best inventions to open standards development. They provide access to these inventions by licensing their Standard Essential Patents (SEP) at a single point in the value chain. Income from SEP licensing is re-invested, driving evolution of wireless technology. Effective protection for SEPs is critical to the continued participation of EU industry leaders in open standards development. Across sectors, IP protection is vitally important for European strategic autonomy and global competitiveness.